Italy gives an update on rural rollout project

7 Mar 2019

The Italian government has released its 2019 works schedule for its project to deploy ultra-broadband infrastructure in so-called ‘white’ areas, which are currently unserved or underserved by high speed internet services. A report from CorCom cites Domenico Tudini, CEO of the government’s Infratel unit, as saying that construction work will begin in 2,000 municipalities this year, adding to the 1,000 locations where work was started in 2018. Furthermore, work will be finalised in 850 of these markets by end-December.

The rollout is being undertaken by government-backed wholesale network operator Open Fiber, using both fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fixed-wireless access (FWA) technologies. Open Fiber has won three tenders which together encompass all 20 Italian regions and cover 7,635 municipalities.

Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of Open Fiber, commented: ‘The company has achieved and exceeded the objectives set for the year 2018,’ but she added: ‘We still have a lot of work to do to complete the whole plan.’

Italy, Open Fiber