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EC approves Italy’s EUR2bn subsidised 5G rollout

26 Apr 2022

The EC has approved, under EU state aid rules, a EUR2 billion (USD2.15 billion) scheme by the Italian government to roll out 5G mobile networks in underserved areas of the country. Authorities in Rome are holding a series of tenders to find partners for state-subsidised deployments to offer mobile data speeds of at least 150Mbps across Italy by June 2026. The contracts, which will see the government providing up to 90% of the rollout costs, call for the installation of fibre-optic infrastructure to connect more than 10,000 existing mobile tower sites and the construction of new 5G sites in over 2,000 locations.

EC competition policy maker Margrethe Vestager said: ‘This EUR2 billion Italian scheme, entirely funded via the RRF [Recovery and Resilience Facility], will support the deployment of high performing 5G mobile networks. This will enable consumers and business to access high quality 5G services, contributing to the economic growth of the country and to the EU’s strategic objectives relating to the digital transition.’


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