TI, FastWeb team up with Rome utility for fibre expansion

24 May 2013

Telecom Italia (TI) and FastWeb have agreed to extend fibre-optic coverage in Rome, in association with local utility firm ACEA, which is active in the energy sector there. The companies have pledged to bring broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps to over one million homes and businesses by the end of 2014. Although they are set to deploy more than 4,000km of fibre, only 300km will require new routes to be established, with the bulk of the infrastructure set to be channelled through pre-existing cable ducts, in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of the rollout as well as to reduce costs. It has been reported that the EUR300 million (USD386.4 million) project will utilise fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) technology; the rarely-used term was coined by FastWeb’s parent company, Swisscom, in relation to its own fibre activities.

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