Telecom Italia (TIM) and fixed-wireless access (FWA) provider EOLO are to work together to improve ultra-broadband connectivity in underserved areas of Italy. EOLO will grant TIM wholesale access to its FWA networks, which reach over 6,500 Italian municipalities and 79% of homes in rural or low-density areas.
Luca Spada, President and founder of EOLO, said: ‘We are delighted to extend our collaboration with TIM, which has been our strategic partner for years in the provision of optical fibre to EOLO’s backbone network. The partnership with TIM represents an important step in EOLO’s development plan, in which the wholesale market will play an increasingly central and strategic role in providing ultra-broadband services for rural and suburban areas of Italy. FWA has played an undeniably key role in bridging the digital divide over the years and, in a prospective sense, represents the only viable alternative for offering very high-capacity services in all those areas where it is not technically or financially feasible to build a wired fibre network.’