Italian ISP and MVNO Fastweb has signed an agreement with mobile tower firm Cellnex to utilise its infrastructure in Italy for future 5G services. For the time being, the deal will cover areas where Fastweb is developing and testing 5G networks, including Rome, Genoa, Bari and Matera.
Andrea Lasagna, Fastweb’s Technology Manager, commented: ‘Through this agreement, Fastweb confirms its commitment to play a leading role in developing 5G infrastructure and services in Italy and today the company has added another key element to its strategy to position itself as the first Italian fixed-mobile telephony operator that is fully convergent for 2020.’
Fastweb was one of five firms which won 26GHz frequencies in the Italian government’s 5G spectrum auction earlier this year, and it also recently completed the acquisition of the 3.5GHz fixed-wireless business of another local ISP, Tiscali. Fastweb is expected to utilise its licences in the 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands to launch a fixed-wireless 5G service, offering ultra-broadband connectivity as an alternative to fixed fibre networks. Cellnex owns mobile tower networks and infrastructure in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and the UK.