Italian study finds at least 1,220 rural communities still without phone signal

14 Oct 2019

A study in Italy has found that at least 1,220 rural communities are still lacking a basic mobile telephony service due to gaps in network coverage. The study by the National Union of Mountain Authorities and Communities (Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunita Enti Montani, UNCEM) received 1,450 responses from mayors, administrators and citizens in rural communities. The government is hoping a series of state-subsidised network rollouts will help to improve coverage in areas currently without a signal, though UNCEM hints that it may already be too late for some communities due to the dual problems of depopulation and of businesses abandoning rural areas because of a lack of connectivity.