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20 October 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Open Fiber has signed an agreement with the Municipality of Sassari, Sardinia, to build out a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.
The deal worth €15 million, will provide residents and
businesses on the network speeds of up to 1Gbps and
construction is due to commence in November 2017. Within its
18-month time frame, the company says it will connect 44,000
properties (residential and commercial) amounting to a total of
26,000 kilometres of fibre.
Commenting on the news, Roberto Tognaccini, head of the
network operations at Open Fiber, said: "The agreement with the
Municipality of Sassari allows us to use existing
infrastructures for 60% of the cabling, limiting the need for
new excavations, which will have a very small impact and will
lead to induction on the territory. Fiber Optics at Home (FTTH)
is an epoch-making breakthrough in today's technologies, and
will enable reliable and ultra-fast data transfer to citizens
and businesses, thus gaining great competitive advantage."
In line with the necessary legislative requirements as
spelled out by the Municipality of Sassari, Open Fiber will use
as much existing infrastructure as possible to deploy this new
fibre in an attempt to limit the impact of these works on the
local community. It also says that works will be carried out
using the most environmentally friendly and sustainable
The Mayor of Sassari, Nicola Sanna, said: "The Municipality
of Sassari is very pleased with the national strategic plan,
which to date includes 60 Italian cities and which, in addition
to metropolitan cities, also addresses provincial capitals with
a population of more than 100,000 people. With greater
communication efficiency, our city starts to become smarter.
"There will be a great advantage for businesses, but it will
also create greater competition that will also benefit private
individuals. The VoIP project which targets urban schools is
operating on ADSL will now be switched to the new technology,
which will benefit from the increased speeds and other economic
benefits," added Amalia Cherchi, assessor of information
In September of 2017, Open Fiber signed an agreement with Wind
Tre that will see the recently-merged mobile operator offer
fibre-to-the-home to 60% of the Italian population using its
wholesale fibre network.
Under the new agreement, Wind Tre, will be able to offer
FTTH to a further 10 million homes across 258 Italian