Italian telco Tiscali and Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE have entered into a strategic partnership to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Sardinia – an infrastructure that they hope will eventually become part of the country’s mooted ultra-wide broadband network. The agreement between ZTE and Tiscali will see the two firms collaborate on both technological and financial matters, and will seek to evaluate, study and design next generation services that Tiscali can provide to its customer base. The first phase of the project, which will take place in Sardinia, aims to take advantage of ongoing work on the local gas network in the extended Cagliari area; the area in question includes over 50,000 lines of local loop unbundled (LLU) coverage.
Renato Soru, CEO of Tiscali commented: ‘We have found in ZTE a high level company – both as a technology and network solutions supplier, and as a visionary partner – able to identify our customers’ future needs and to design with us the answers to those needs. Our country cannot afford either the lack of next generation network infrastructure or delays due to ongoing discussions. That is why we confirm our commitment to reach the ultimate goal of setting up in Italy a broadband network that will place the country among the most advanced in the world. We are working with ZTE with the aim of setting up a network open to all the operators and that we hope it will be part of the wider national network’.