Italian broadband operator Fastweb has launched fibre optic services in eleven new cities: Brindisi, Ferrara, Latina, Lodi, Novara, Parma, Potenza, Salerno, Savona, Settimo Torinese and Taranto.
The fibre connection is offered to both new customers purchasing a fixed Internet service (20/10 Mbps) from Fastweb starting from €19 per month as well as for existing customers. The UltraFibre option (100/10 Mbps) is offered free as part of a promotion (for 12 or 6 months depending on the offer) – at the end of the promotion the cost will be €5 per month.
With the latest additions, the number of Italian cities connected by Fastweb’s optical fibre rises to 61 with about 5.5 million households and businesses. Fastweb also claims to be the Italian leader in ultra-broadband connections (up to 100 Mbps), with around 500,000 private customers.
Over the past two years, Fastweb has installed 3500 km of new network infrastructure and laid 6,000 km of cables with 300,000 km of optical fibre. By 2016, Fastweb will build an additional 2,500 km of network infrastructure and lay an additional 3,500 km of cables.
Fastweb is also working to expand the connection speed to up to 500 Mbps, with the use of technologies already tested in the field such as Vectoring, VDSL Enhanced and GFast.