TIM launches 1000Mbps on FTTH network
25 May 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe
TIM has claimed to launch the first Italian 1,000Mbps ultra-broadband on its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.
The new connections in Perugia were set up thanks to extensive cabling in the Fontivegge district, where fibre optics come directly into the buildings. TIM, whose overall investment in the city is over €10 million, states that from next Friday the ultra-broadband services will be available to citizens and businesses.
“Perugia is one of the very first Italian cities to have a new generation ultra-broadband network with fibre that comes right inside the buildings enabling transmission speeds of up to 1000 MB," said Carlo Filangieri, head of open access at TIM.
"We are the first company to make this type of infrastructure operative in Italy, in the Umbrian capital, making it immediately available to a significant number of citizens, businesses and other operators, and we are proud of this result. With over 4.5 billion euros of investments in ultra-broadband in the three-year period 2016-2018, our commitment to the digitalisation of the country is concrete. The goal is to reach 84% of homes with fibre optics - of which 20% also in FTTH technology - and to have 98% mobile ultra-broadband coverage by the end of 2018."
By creating increasingly advanced ultra-broadband infrastructure, TIM states that it has “confirmed its commitment to innovating at local level and disseminating digital services, thus contributing to the sustainable growth of the local economy and to improving quality of life for citizens”.
In regards to mobile telephony, and in addition to the coverage of the LTE network in Perugia, TIM's 4G Plus network is also available offering connections TIM states is “capable of reaching almost double those available with normal 4G”. The TIM new generation mobile network improves the Internet surfing experience and the use of innovative contents on mobile devices, such as video streaming in HD.
In other parts of Umbria, TIM has fibre optics in Terni, Spoleto, Foligno and Città di Castello, cities where ultra-broadband services are already available to citizens, companies, the public administration and other operators, and work is under way in Gualdo Tadino, Gubbio, Narni and Bastia.
The initiative is part of TIM’s national plan of FTTH technology cabling which envisages reaching over 3.5 million homes by 2018. It will also boost Italy’s digitisation processes.
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