The number of fixed broadband lines in Italy reached 16.4 million units in the first nine months of 2017, increasing by 950,000 units on an annual basis.
The data, published by the country’s Communications Authority (AgCom) in its 9M report, show a significant reduction in broadband accesses based on xDSL technology (-960,000).
However, the decrease was more than offset by the growth (+1.9 million) of accesses based on other, higher quality technologies, which at the end of September reached 4.9 million accesses, thanks in particular to FTTC-FTTH lines.
On the performance side, broadband lines with a speed higher than 10 Mbps account for 64 per cent of the total, ultra-broadband lines (over 30 Mbps) exceed 23 per cent.
TIM (Telecom Italia) confirms its leadership position (45.6 per cent), followed by Wind Tre, Fastweb and Vodafone with substantially equivalent market shares (14-15 per cent).
According to AgCom, in the TV market, public broadcaster RAI ended September 2017 as leader with a 35 per cent audience share, slightly down on the previous year, followed by commercial rival Mediaset (31.2 per cent). There was growth of audience share for both 21st Century Fox/Sky Italia (+0.4 per cent) and Discovery (+0.3 per cen), while La7 registered a drop of 0.6 per cent.