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 fibre optics. fibre deployment in inland areas of the country
2022: a year of rapid acceleration
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 more than 88,000 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 6,232 municipalities, reaching a total of about 6.4 million property units (flats, offices, companies, and public administration offices).
The speed of infrastructure construction in the White Areas is now in line with the implementation schedule shared in June 2022 with Infratel and the Ministry of Economic Development and presented at the Interministerial Committee for Digital Transition on 7 July 2022.
As at 28 February 2023, the following have been completed:
Approximately 60.700 km of the network, or 69% of the total envisaged in the plan. The network kilometres represent the infrastructure development (construction, excavation, reutilisation, cable laying, etc.) required for the implementation of the concession network. From the beginning of 2022 to 31 December, about 20.000 km of infrastructure were built: in just 12 months, the km built were about 53% of the 37.400 km built in the four years from the start of operations (2017) to the end of 2021. During 2023, about 3.500 km of infrastructure was built.
4.219 FTTH municipalities with completed works (with Network Installation Completion Certificates – CUIRs), i.e. about 68% of the total 6.232 municipalities under the Infratel Concession. These municipalities correspond to about 3,95 million property units (+4% compared to the end of 2022). During 2023 165 new municipalities have been completed with approximately 160 thousand new property units.
3,09 million saleable property units, +5% compared to the end of 2022. 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 (1)