Public-private partnership planned for NGN

16 Sep 2008

The Italian government is to invest around EUR1 billion (USD1.4 billion) in a nationwide broadband network which it says will help boost the country’s GDP by between 1.5 and 2 percentage points. The Undersecretary for Economic Development, Paolo Romani, told parliament that the state will finance around 10% of the cost of deploying a EUR10 billion next generation network under a public-private partnership. The Italian government expects the entire country to be covered by high speed internet networks by 2013, Telecompaper reports.