Italian broadband provider EOLO says it plans to invest EUR150 million (USD162.5 million) to provide fixed-wireless access (FWA) coverage in 1,500 municipalities, mainly in the south of the country and Sardinia. The firm wants its FWA network to have nationwide coverage by the end of 2021, with its services currently available in over 6,000 municipalities. The telco uses 28GHz spectrum to achieve download rates of up to 100Mbps.
EOLO says it currently reaches 78% of the population of digital divide areas which are being targeted under government-subsidised network rollouts. The firm’s founder and president Luca Spada is cited by CorCom as saying that he is not in favour of the state-backed deployments utilising FWA technology, arguing that they should concentrate on deploying fibre infrastructure since private operators such as EOLO are expanding FWA coverage under their own steam.