A report from Italy suggests that Open Fiber is set to win the government’s second tender for the rollout of ultra-broadband networks in underserved areas of the country. Corriere delle Comunicazioni writes that the Enel unit has presented the best offer to Infratel, the government body responsible for the tenders, and the award is now a formality, although an official announcement has still to be made. The contract covers the rollout of fibre-based networks in 3,710 communities in ten Italian regions: Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Sicily, as well as the autonomous province of Trento.
Open Fiber won the first government tender – covering the regions of Abruzzo, Molise, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Veneto – in January this year. A third and final tender, for the provinces of Puglia, Calabria and Sardinia, is also planned.