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13 September 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
TIM is to work with a federation of 500 Italian utility companies on ways to use their infrastructure to speed up installation of fibre.
Utilitalia, which represents electricity, gas, water and
environmental management companies, has signed at agreement
with the telecoms company to harmonise access rules as TIM
develops ultra-fast networks.
The rules will cover the use of existing infrastructure,
including pipes, ducts and street lights. It is a non-exclusive
framework agreement, said TIM and Utilitalia, that "defines a
single procedure that is immediately operative and applicable
on a national level to regulate operations for the access and
joint use of the infrastructures of the companies adhering to
TIM, the trading name for Telecom Italia, said: "This
initiative provides a further boost to the development of
TIM’s fibre optic network." The network already
covers 71% of Italy’s national territory,
including more than 17 million homes in around 2,100
municipalities. TIM is investing €11 billion in Italy
between 2017 and 2019, of which €5 is "dedicated
exclusively to the development of fixed and mobile