Italian ISP Fastweb has signed a partnership with wholesale network operator Open Fiber to use its infrastructure in 80 cities where Fastweb is not already present. The deal will also cover so-called ‘white areas’ which currently have little or no access to broadband services, but are being targeted by Open Fiber in a series of state-subsidised network rollouts. As part of the agreement, Open Fiber will also be given wholesale access to Fastweb’s own fibre infrastructure to augment its own footprint. Swisscom-owned Fastweb is deploying fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fixed-wireless access (FWA) networks in cities across Italy.
Alberto Calcagno, CEO of Fastweb, commented: ‘The agreement represents an important part of our strategy to offer our customers the best connectivity: in addition to developing an important expansion of our proprietary ultra-broadband network – through the new 5G Fixed Wireless Access technology – in areas not reached by our FTTC, FTTH and FWA infrastructure we will also be able to use the connectivity created by Open Fiber, always maintaining our focus on differentiation and the ability to offer each of our residential and business customers the solution best suited to their needs.’