The Italian government’s Infratel unit has launched a new tender for state-subsidised 5G network rollouts in rural areas after its initial call for partners earlier this year failed to attract sufficient interest. Under the revised plan, EUR567 million (USD598 million) will be made available via six separate lots, each of which covers several Italian regions. Operators must agree to cover a minimum number of areas in each set of allocated regions, with up to 90% of rollout expenses paid by the government under its National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Networks should offer download rates of at least 150Mbps, with uplinks of at least 30Mbps. Rollouts must be completed by mid-2026.