Telecom Italia is preparing to launch a range of new broadband internet services, including a 50Mbps fixed offering in Milan and an upgraded mobile internet service. The firm says its 50Mbps next generation network (NGN) will initially cover 3,400 buildings in Milan before being expanded to other areas, Telecompaper reports. The new system will offer customers access to HDTV services. In the mobile market, meanwhile, Telecom Italia subsidiary TIM plans to extend its rollout of HSDPA 3.5G technology, offering 70% population coverage by the end of this year, up from 35% at end-2006. TIM is also boosting peak speeds on the HSDPA system to 7.2Mbps and introducing HSUPA technology to increase uplink data rates. Finally, a new converged fixed-mobile service will be launched under the name Unico. The service, which rival operators have attempted to block on the grounds that it is uncompetitive, has now been given regulatory clearance. It allows customers to use a single handset for mobile calls and for fixed line calls when at home. All the new services will be introduced in the second half of this year.