Italy considers consortium plan to speed up broadband expansion

23 Apr 2021

The Italian government is considering the creation of a consortium of telcos to accelerate the rollout of ultra-broadband infrastructure. With the mooted tie-up of Telecom Italia (TIM) and wholesale operator Open Fiber still stuck at the negotiation stage, Reuters reports that authorities in Rome are now looking at alternative strategies to avoid several telcos duplicating their rollouts. This includes a scheme to ‘encourage joint investments financed by public grants’. The government is looking to spend almost EUR7 billion (USD8.4 billion) over the next six years on broadband rollouts, using money from the EU’s Recovery Fund.

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