500 Italian utilities to offer infrastructure for TIM’s broadband plans

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 the federation”.

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 ultra-broadband”.