Telecom Italia (TIM) has confirmed its plans to deploy 5G in more than 20 cities this year, while it will also be expanding its fixed broadband coverage utilising fibre (FTTx), fixed-wireless access (FWA) and satellite technologies. A report from CorCom cites a question-and-answer document published ahead of a TIM shareholder meeting tomorrow (31 March), with the telco saying it will extend its 5G coverage to more than 20 cities, up from around a dozen markets at present, delivering true 5G speeds rather than the lower rates offered via dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology. The operator adds that its 4G networks cover more than 99% of the population in 7,700 municipalities, with faster LTE-A networks deployed in the main cities, providing download speeds of up to 700Mbps.
In the fixed sector, TIM says it will continue to expand its footprint using a combination of technologies, depending on location. 91% of premises are currently covered by either fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) or fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. In addition, the telco also says that technical due diligence has been completed on the proposed merger of its fixed infrastructure division FiberCop with the state-backed wholesale network operator Open Fiber.