Fastweb to bring fibre optic to 4m homes by 2012

From Branislav Pekic in RomeItalian broadband operator Fastweb plans to connect 4 million homes with fibre optic cable in four years time, according to CEO, Stefano Parisi.Speaking during a Parliamentary inquiry on the development of the telecommunications sector in the country, Parisi said that out of the E31 billion invested in the fixed networks from 1999 to 2007, around 35 per cent was made by alternative operators. He claims that Fastweb's fibre optic network is the most extensive in Europe with 2 million households passed which equals to 40 per cent of all homes passed in Europe. By the end of the year, Fastweb will launch internet access at 100 Mbps, which will be the most advanced service in Europe.In a related development, Fastweb has signed a strategic agreement with Disney-ABC-ESPN Television with the goal of offering the most popular TV series produced by ABC Studios. The TV series will be available on-demand for the subscribers of FastwebTV. Besides "LOST", the package also includes other hit series such as "Criminal Minds" and "Alias". …

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