NGA in Italy

20 July 2010

This report concludes our series of country reports (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden) on next generation access on the Continent

Although Italy boasts the largest FTTH network in Europe, it is the least propitious market for new NGA plans among those we have surveyed. Telecom Italia has no specific plans for NGA, precluded by its level of indebtedness, and neither does any of the altnets

Because Italy does not want to be ‘left behind’ on NGA, a public/private partnership dedicated to building local FTTH networks for wholesaling to service providers is likely to be created in the near future. Its initial focus is likely to be denser city centres, where broadband penetration is high, and pockets of demand for FTTH-based applications can be located

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