Fastweb, Open Fiber ink wholesale infrastructure deal

03 May 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Fastweb and Open Fiber have signed an agreement for the use of Open Fiber’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections by Fastweb and the reciprocal use of their infrastructure networks.

The partnership will start in 80 Italian cities, which Fastweb's FTTH network doesn’t reach, and will include the white areas. 

“Fastweb continues to pursue the goal of providing its customers with the best connectivity at home and outside the home,” said Alberto Calcagno, CEO of Fastweb.

“This agreement represents a key plank in our strategy. Besides expanding our proprietary fibre access infrastructure through new 5G FWA technology, we are able to use Open Fiber's connectivity in those areas where we do not plan to build our own infrastructure, remaining focused on differentiation and the ability to offer all our residential and business customers the solution best suited to their requirements.”

Open Fiber can purchase – wholesale – use of the Fastweb fibre infrastructure needed for its network.

Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of Open Fiber, adds: “The strategic agreement with Fastweb further expands Open Fiber's portfolio of commercial partnerships, demonstrating the validity of the wholesale-only model to provide access to all operators on equal terms. The all-fibre infrastructure that we are building is the only one available in more than 80 urban centres around the country and will shortly be available more widely in smaller towns, offering them high quality and future proof broadband connection.”

Earlier this week, Melita Italia launched Diamond Fibra in collaboration with Plume and Open Fiber.