TIM opts out of rural broadband tender

21 Feb 2017

Telecom Italia (TIM) has opted not to take part in the Italian government’s EUR1.2 billion (USD1.3 billion) tender to deploy ultra-fast broadband infrastructure in rural areas of the country, Reuters reports. Having lost out in the first tender to utility group Enel’s Open Fiber unit, TIM has decided to sit out the second round which covers so-called ‘white’ areas of ten regions – Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Sicily – plus the Province of Trento. The government-backed body Infratel is offering subsidies totalling EUR3 billion over the three planned tenders to encourage operators to deploy fibre networks in economically unviable rural areas.

TIM is already forging ahead with its own fibre rollout programme in more urban areas under a partnership with Fastweb, while Open Fiber is also investing in a separate fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment, with its network to be opened up on a wholesale basis to third-party providers.

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