Telecom Italia continues with the deployment of its NGAN (Next Generation Access Network), announcing the start of installation of fibre optic cables in 30 more Italian cities, which will be added to the 37 already covered.
The latest list of cities includes: Cagliari, Alessandria, Arezzo, Modena, Siena, Novara, Piacenza, Reggio Calabria, La Spezia, Messina, Parma, Salerno, Pesaro, Cremona, Ferrara, Foggia, Savona, Bolzano, Rimini, Latina, Lucca, Syracuse, Terni, Busto Arsizio, Cinisello Balsamo, Sesto San Giovanni, Torre del Greco, San Lazzaro di Savena, Castel Maggiore and Castenaso.
In the new areas covered, the commercial offer with Internet speeds starting at 30 Mbps will be launched during 2014. This represents an acceleration of the timetable envisaged in the 2013-2015 plan that targeted 35 per cent coverage of the population. In the 2014-2016 plan, the focus is on 50 per cent coverage of the population by 2016 and €1.8 billion in investments for the development of the ultra-wideband fixed network, compared to the €800 million in the 2013-2015 plan.
According to the director Technology of Telecom Italia, Roberto Opilio, the goal is to reach 600 municipalities with fibre optics in 2016, with a coverage of 12.4 million housing units, corresponding to over 50 per cent of the population.