Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) is reportedly expanding the coverage of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to a further eight cities and seven popular tourist destinations. Telecompaper lists the cities now covered by the network as Bari, Como, Perugia, Pisa, Prato, Treviso, Vicenza and Udine, while tourist areas with LTE access include Bormio, Canazei, Cavalese, Madonna di Campiglio, Selva di Val Gardena, Predazzo and Tesero. The latest rollouts mean that TIM now has 4G coverage of 30 locations. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, TIM – Italy’s largest cellco by subscribers – inaugurated its LTE network on 7 November last year, covering Milan, Turin, Rome and Naples. The 4G network is said to offer end-users data connections of up to 100Mbps/50Mbps (down/uplink).
In other news, parent company Telecom Italia (TI) has also announced the extension of its in-deployment fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband network, which will be extended to Bari, Bologna and Genoa in February. The service, branded ‘Ultra Internet Fibra Ottica’, went live in Rome, Turin and Naples last month, offering end-users downlink transmission speeds of up to 30Mbps.