Italy seeks EC approval for EUR7bn broadband plan

10 Jun 2015

The Italian government is seeking approval from the European Commission (EC) for its proposed EUR7 billion (USD7.9 billion) rollout of fibre-optic infrastructure, Il Sole 24 Ore reports. The government’s plan includes offering vouchers to users migrating to new high speed networks, plus the use of other utility networks such as gas and electric to help speed up the deployment of new fibre technology. State-owned electricity firm Enel has already said it would be open to laying fibre alongside its own networks. Italy wants to surpass the European Digital Agenda target which requires having a 100Mbps connection available to half of all households by 2020 by achieving 85% coverage by that date, with the remaining homes able to access a 30Mbps connection.