Open Fiber partners city of Portici for €4m gigabit network

05 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman


Open Fiber has entered into an agreement with the city of Portici for the development of a fibre-optic network to support 17,000 homes.

The next-gen fibre-optic network to be built by Open Fiber will guarantee the residents and businesses of Portici high-performing internet access. Only by building fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) can the city achieve speeds of 1Gbps and a latency less than 5ms.

Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of Open Fiber has pledged €4 million in the City for the connectivity of 17,000 housing units. In total 185km of fibre will surround the city’s neighbourhoods all the way from the centre to its suburbs.

“In Portici, thanks to the ready availability of the municipal administration, an unprecedented telecommunications infrastructure is about to be built,” says Emanuele Briulotta, head of the southern area of Open Fiber. “A full fibre-optic network enables future-proof services that benefit the entire community. It also offers new opportunities to those who want to test themselves and perhaps invest in telemedicine, teleworking, distance education, industry 4.0, high-definition video, home automation, the Internet of Things, to name a few. We are therefore faced with a fundamental transition towards the Gigabit Society that the municipal administration of Portici has immediately implemented. Open Fiber is bearing the expense of this deployment without any kind of impact on public funds.”

After initial approval, the works can start with an expected completion within 18 months. Both in the centre and in the peripheral areas, existing cable ducts and network infrastructures will be used to limit the impact of the build and any inconvenience to the community. The build will also use innovative methods with low environmental impact.

Once completed the infrastructure will extend for 40km, 11km of which, by reusing aerial and underground networks already present in the city.