Superfast broadband heads to 22 Italian cities as Telecom Italia expands its fibre network

Superfast broadband heads to 22 Italian cities as Telecom Italia expands its fibre network

Summary: The telco now has FTTC and FTTH plans for tens of Italian cities and million of premises.


Telecom Italia is expanding its fibre broadband network.

FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) connectivity with download speeds of 30Mbps is now available in 22 cities across the country, the company said on Friday.

The announcement marks a major expansion of Telecom Italia's fibre network, with the rollout starting last year in just three cities: Rome, Turin and Naples.

The additional 22 cities now able to get FTTC are: Monza, Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Varese, Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Genoa, Florence, Pisa, Prato, Ancona, Bari, Taranto, Palermo, Brindisi and Catanzaro.

In total, the telco has now laid fibre in 33 cities in Italy, with the next wave of FTTC — in Trieste, Treviso, Udine, Forlì, Pescara, Leghorn, Perugia and Catania — set to go live soon.

The telco is also deploying FTTH (fibre to the home) on a far smaller scale, offering download speeds of 100Mbps. Milan has become the first city to get Telecom Italia's FTTH network, with 455,000 residential properties being connected up, which the company plans to extend to 564,00 by the end of 2015.  

In total, 2.8 million premises are now in reach of its fibre network, Telecom Italia said.

Topics: Networking, Broadband, Telcos, EU

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  • Copper is not "superfast broadband"

    FTTC is really not a fiber rollout, since customers stay connected to their existing copper lines. What's tragic here is that with this type of deployment even new building get copper lines...

    30 Mbps downoad is what I could get in 2006 with VDSL. Probably the upload speeds will be very meager too, at a couple of megabits. Telecom Italia's consumer broadband will be modest to decent, but certainly not "superfast".