04 July 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Italy’s TIM has signed a deal with six maintenance and infrastructure companies with the aim of gaining greater efficiency.
The former Telecom Italia lists the six as Sirti, Sielte,
Ceit, Sittel, Valtellina and Site. The deal is part of a
procurement optimisation project set out in the
company’s strategic plan presented in March. It is
expected to result in cost savings as well as efficiencies in
the planning and implementation of various orders for the
development of the fibre network in Italy, said TIM.
CEO Amos Genish said: "We are particularly satisfied with the
agreement signed with our partners, which shows that we are on
the right path in implementing our strategic plan which,
amongst other things, provides for greater productivity and
better services for our customers."
Most of the partners are little known outside Italy. Sirti says
it is an "Italian company that combines the experience of
almost a century in the design, construction and maintenance of
network infrastructure, [with] solid skills in the creation of
managed services, special projects of system integration and
smart solutions". It is building a broadband network for rival
company Open Fiber in Palermo.
Sielte – Società Impianti Elettrici e
Telefonici Sistema – dates back 90 years and was
originally the Italian offshoot of Ericsson. It builds fixed
and mobile infrastructure.
Genish said: "With this agreement, the shared path undertaken
with our main suppliers will allow TIM and other players in the
sector to identify the best industrial strategy for the short
and long term."
TIM has signed contracts starting in 2019 and lasting between
three and five years. The deals include both the maintenance
and construction of part of the fibre and copper network and
the delivery of the service to the end client, said the
TIM, which said it now plans agreements with second-tier
suppliers, said: "The financial savings for 2018 are confirmed,
some of which have already been achieved and will be more
evident in the second half of the year mainly through
efficiencies and productivity levels that the suppliers will
The company’s DigiTIM strategy, of which this is
part, "is focused on the automation and digitisation of
production processes that are already being implemented across
TIM’s platforms and that will also be undertaken