TIM courts utility firms for fibre rollout

13 Sep 2017

Telecom Italia, which trades under the TIM brand, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Utilitalia, a group of more than 500 Italian electricity, gas, water and environmental services companies, to help speed up the deployment of its fibre-optic networks. TIM says the deal will facilitate its use of pre-existing utility infrastructure such as pipes, ducts and public lighting poles for the expansion of its fibre footprint. The telco says it already covers 71% of Italy – including 17 million homes in 2,100 municipalities – with its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) networks. Competing Italian wholesale operator Open Fiber expects to have its own high speed infrastructure in 100 cities and towns by the end of this year.

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