“Digital Italy – The value of connectivity and the impact on the region”, the online event discussing networks, big data and information, and the role of fiber optics for the development of the country and the enhancement of the region.

Open Fiber, in collaboration with Il Sole 24 Ore, presented the concrete benefits that the roll-outRoll-out The gradual release according to a plan of all the elements of a complex infrastructure, such as, for example, a fiber-optic network. of fiber-optic networks has brought to the country’s development in socio-economic terms, providing food for thought thanks to a dedicated report by Ernst & Young.

New challenges for the national economy: networking regions, people, and companies. Chairman Franco Bassanini spoke on this subject

At the round table entitled “New challenges for the national economy: networking regions, people, and companies”, Franco Bassanini engaged in a discussion with industry professionals Emanuela Ciapanna – Head of the Competition and Regulated Markets Sector, Statistical Economics Department, Bank of Italy, Massimiliano Giansanti – Chairman of Confagricoltura, Maximo Ibarra – CEO of Engineering and Pierluigi Sassi – Chairman of Earth Day Italia.

Together they explored important topics such as:

  • 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. as a tool for enabling a more sustainable future
  • Bridging the digital divideDigital Divide A term to describe the gap between those who can use new information and communication technologies and those who, for technical, economic or social reasons, are unable to use them. Read the news item “Digital divide and social inequality: the role of Open Fiber” to find out more.
  • Converting skills

Chairman Bassanini emphasised how sustainability is one of the elements underpinning Open Fiber’s work, both in environmental, economic and social terms.

Open Fiber for bridging the digital divide: the company figures

Analysis conducted by Ernst & Young showed that Open Fiber is achieving its goal: helping to bridge the digital divide.

More specifically, here are the figures for Open Fiber:

  • Over 12.6 million property units cabled
  • More than 2,700 municipalities in 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. with active marketing of services on the 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. built by Open Fiber
  • Sustainable interventions: 70% of the existing infrastructure was reused, contributing to a saving of over €500,000 for the country
  • Every +10% km of installed and active fiber optics generates +1.4 GDP % points
  • More jobs: Open Fiber has secured ongoing partnerships with 239 companies
  • Over 12,600 schools cabled

The significant impact of the Open Fiber project on the region

In order to contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection, Open Fiber has chosen to invest in a future-proofFuture-proof Fiber optics is referred to as ‘future-proof’ because it is the only solution that can evolve and support increasing transmission capacities, which in the future may reach up to 40 Gbps, supporting the most advanced services and the potential of new technologies that will arrive in the coming years. technology, fiber optics, by building a sustainable network starting with the upgrading of existing infrastructure and prioritising the use of innovative and environmentally friendly excavation techniques, such as mini-trenching and micro-trenching, which save materials, produce less waste and cause less inconvenience for the public.


The increase in GDP is estimated at 1.4% as the number of active fiber -optic km increases by 10 percentage points. On a daily basis, Open Fiber employs around 10,000 people including both direct employees and technicians from third-party companies working on the construction sites. Supplier companies total 239, with an average of 37 more jobs created per Operator. The use of all-fiber infrastructure as opposed to copper can save users around 8 watts per hour, which translates into a total annual saving of around €132 million in Italy.


Skills and professionalism are key issues within a complex project such as Open Fiber’s, which is based on these values, necessary for its specialized professionals. Nationwide, certain highly professional figures are in short supply in the TLC sector. This is why Open Fiber is committed to promoting the retraining of necessary skills and training of young people, entering into agreements with schools and specialized training centres to revitalize the supply chain and qualify workers operating in the TLC sector.

The event, organised in collaboration with Il Sole 24 Ore, provided a complete and comprehensive overview of all the benefits of fiber-optic deployment for the entire country and was very well received by all those who attended.

Particularly relevant figures were presented in the official Ernst & Young report “Effects and Potential Impacts of the Implementation and Management of the Fiber Optic Network”, which were then discussed by Chairman Franco Bassanini.

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