White AreasWhite Areas White Areas are those where private operators have not deemed it worthwhile to invest and therefore lack broadband and ultra-broadband infrastructure.: details on the progress of FTTHFTTH “Fiber to the Home” is the technology that connects POPs, located in exchanges, to end users’ property units with fiber optics. fiber deployment in inland areas of the country

Fiber optic FTTH numbers in
White Areas

In line with the concession granted by InfratelInfratel Infratel Italia S.p.A. is an in-house company of the Ministry of Economic Development and is the implementing party of the Government’s Broadband and Ultra-Broadband Plans. For more information visit www.infratelitalia.it, the project to adopt ultra-fast bandwidth for families, young people and small businesses in the White Areas involves the construction of about 90,000 km of networkNetwork In computer language, the term network defines a set of hardware and software devices which, when linked together, enable the exchange and sharing of resources, data or information. In a computer network, the devices that generate, route and terminate data are called network nodes. (more than twice the earth’s circumference) and the issuance of more than 100,000 authorisations in 6,051 municipalities (1), reaching a total of about 6.27 million property units (flats, offices, companies, and public administration offices).

In 2023, the finalization of over 350 million euros in European funds was enabled for the municipalities funded with ERDF funds in the White Areas. Achieving this goal allowed securing the reporting by December 31, 2023, which was the deadline for these funds.

As at 30 June 2024:

79,995 km of the network (89% of the total envisaged in the plan) have been completed. The network kilometres represent the infrastructure development (construction, excavation, reutilisation, cable laying, etc.) required for the implementation of the concession network.

5,020 FTTH municipalities (with Network Installation Completion Certificates – CUIRs), i.e. 83% of the total 6,051 municipalities under the Infratel Concession. These municipalities correspond to 4.73 million property units.

4.85 million saleable property units with FTTH technology.
These are property units that are included in the saleability databases reserved for Open Fiber Partner Operators, which can thereby activate services at the request of end users.

The procedures of the Concession envisage further technical and administrative steps leading up to the acceptance of the municipalities and the reporting of funds allocated to the project, steps that involve the Infratel Concessionaire (2).

1. Total number of municipalities under review.
2. To date, in order to anticipate as far as possible citizens’ ability to access ultra-broadbandBroadband The term broadband, in telecommunications, generally refers to the transmission and reception of information data at a connection speed of over 144 kb/s. Broadband organises different channels, conveying different content in the form of data, such as Internet radio, animation, audio files and high-definition video. services, Infratel has allowed Open Fiber to also start services in municipalities without testing for which works have been completed with the issuance of the relevant CUIRs (Network Installation Completion Certificates). The other completed municipalities will enter into saleability as soon as the relevant exchanges (‘NDPs’) and/or the network section (so-called ‘primary’) connecting each municipality to the NDPNDP The NDP (Neutral Delivery Point) is the network node that allows all Operators to access the infrastructure built by Concessionaires such as Open Fiber. Each NDP terminates all the fibres laid in the area of the relevant municipality, which are used to bring ultra-broadband connection to users. located in a different municipality have been completed. The saleable FTTH Property Units are the sum of those reported – for each municipality in saleability – in Annex 1 (List of Commercialisation Municipalities) of the report on the progress of the strategic plan for Ultra-Broadband published by Infratel Italia on the site