TIM enlists Alca-Lu for Sicilian connection; considers INWIT sale

23 Sep 2015

TIM (formerly Telecom Italia) has enlisted French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a microwave link that will ensure continuous ultra-broadband connectivity between the Sicilian islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa. As such, Alca-Lu has deployed a 147km high-capacity, high-availability radio link – supporting a mix of IP and legacy traffic – between the two islands using its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio.

In other news, TIM is open to divesting as much as its entire 60% stake in its tower business Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane (INWIT), Bloomberg reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. The divestment will be used to help reduce debt and finance acquisitions, while Cellnex – which was spun off from Spain’s Abertis Infraestructuras earlier this year – is said to be eyeing a stake of around 30%. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Italian telco raised EUR875.1 million (USD995.3 million) in June 2015 with the sale of a 40% stake in INWIT via an initial public offering. The tower company controls around 11,500 Italian mobile towers on behalf of TIM.