Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber has selected Nokia to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment in small towns and rural areas. The vendor says it will ‘deliver products, services and software needed to plan, design, deploy and support the end-to-end active network infrastructure based on GPON technologies’. Users will be able to access services at speeds of up to 1Gbps.
State-backed Open Fiber was the winner of three government tenders to roll out infrastructure to bridge the digital divide in rural areas of Italy. There has been speculation that its network assets could be merged with those of Telecom Italia (TIM) to create a single national broadband infrastructure. Italian economy minister Giovanni Tria told Reuters this week that a single telecoms network would be more efficient, and the government would like favour any plan to merge the two sets of infrastructure.