Telecom Italia (TIM) has announced the launch of its first 5G networks, though coverage is currently restricted to limited areas of Rome and Turin. The firm has also begun marketing its first 5G-capable smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 5G, with the OPPO Reno set to be added to the line-up soon. A ‘TIM Advance 5G’ wireless plan costs EUR29.99 (USD34.15) a month without a handset, or from EUR49.99 with a device included, following a one-off payment of EUR199. Download speeds of up to 2Gbps are being advertised, with upload speeds up to 300Mbps. TIM says it plans to extend 5G coverage to further Italian cities, though it has not given a schedule for its rollout.
Rival operator Vodafone Italy launched its own 5G networks on 16 June, initially covering Milan and 28 of its local municipalities, plus Rome, Turin, Naples and Bologna. The firm added that it expects to have 5G services available in 45-50 cities by end-2020 and around 100 cities and tourist resorts by 2021. Another Italian cellco, Wind Tre, said this week that it expects to have completed 5G trials by the end of this year.