Italy ready to invest EUR4bn in broadband expansion

3 Nov 2021

The Italian government says it plans to kick off a series of tenders early next year to expand fibre and 5G coverage under a EUR4 billion (USD4.65 billion) investment scheme. Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition Vittorio Colao told Corriere della Sera that tenders to connect 6.2 million premises to fibre-optic networks will begin in January, and this will be followed by projects to expand 5G coverage. The fibre schemes will target rural and semi-rural areas, particularly in the south of the country, while the 5G plan envisages improved connectivity for locations such as major rail lines and sparsely populated areas to support agriculture.

Italy, Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE)