TIM, also operating under the name Telecom Italia, is the largest Italian telecommunications services provider, offering telephony and mobile services as well as DSL data connectivity. The company has made every effort to maximize coverage in its fibre-optic rollout, bringing ultrabroadband to underserved areas and covering more than 2,000 districts in about 5 months.
This increase in infrastructure is a key advancement in Italy’s growing need for connectivity in rural and sparsely populated areas across the country. As a result of this deployment, approximately 65% of households in these areas now have access to a high-speed connection, and in a short period, this initiative has taken an important step in bridging the digital divide in the country that TIM aims to fill by 2021. The fibre network currently covers 86% of the Italian population and it TIM aims to increase this figure to 90% by December, 2020.
Although TIM initially opposed the plans to unify the country’s fixed infrastructure by connecting telecom networks to those deployed by the state-sponsored Open Fiber, in recent months the company came around with the condition that it gets to be in charge of this project. The expansion and strengthening of the network allows the continuation of streamlined remote working and online schooling, and managing the flow peaks that occur when delivering these services.
“The new goal of fibre coverage of the country achieved today is thanks to the strong determination of our Group and the expertise of our technicians who have attained results in favor of the country in record time. We will continue along this path in the interest of citizens, customers and institutions with the aim of permanently bridging the digital divide in our country and we will continue with the “Operazione Risorgimento Digitale” project to help close the digital skills gap as well,” commented Luigi Gubitosi, Chief Executive Officer of TIM.