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Italian energy company Enel has announced it will deploy fibre to the home (FTTH) in 224 Italian cities and towns.
The announcement comes only days after fibre optic operator Metroweb said it was investing €1 billion to bring FTTH to 10 cities.
The project is part of Enel’s OpEn Fiber (EOF) plan, established last December to build and operate ultra-broadband optical fibre infrastructure across Italy.
Enel will install fibre cables through the electricity network, which reaches 32 million Italian homes and businesses.
Nearly 7.5 million homes will be covered by the super-fast broadband cable within the first year of the plan’s implementation.
The project will be funded by gradual investments to total about €2.5 billion.
EOF will operate as a wholesale-only player and will build infrastructure for other licensed operators.
A letter of intent has already been signed with Vodafone and Wind to define a strategic and commercial partnership for the development of the ultra-broadband telecommunications network across Italy.