Italian pay-TV provider Sky Italia has confirmed a partnership with wholesale network operator Open Fiber which will enable the launch of bundled TV and internet packages from the middle of next year. As reported by CommsUpdate last week, the pair had been in negotiations about a tie-up for some time. Sky Italia chief executive Andrea Zappia said in a statement: ‘Sky’s mission is to be at the centre of both innovation in the TV industry and the digitalisation process of Italy. This agreement with Open Fiber is an important next step.’ The deal gives Sky access to Open Fiber’s networks, which will be deployed in more than 270 cities and towns by 2022.
Separately, Sky Italia has signed a content and distribution agreement with another Italian broadcaster, Mediaset. Under the deal, the two firms will offer their own services and channels over their partner’s pay-TV platform. The deal has been seen as something of a blow to Telecom Italia (TIM), which had been thought of as a potential partner for Mediaset.