The Italian broadband market has strong competition within the DSL sector, supplemented by a vibrant fibre sector spearheaded by efforts from Telecom Italia and supplemented by investments from other telcos and municipal governments. In the absence of effective cross-platform competition from cable networks, services based on upgraded DSL networks have benefited from the market entry of new players such as Vodafone. Several operators have invested in ADSL2+ and VDSL infrastructure, propelling the market for high-bandwidth bundled services. Telecom Italia’s Open Access division has aimed to improve competitor access to its networks. Regulatory measures have also been taken to ease access to NGNs. The government is investing €4 billion to provide superfast broadband across the country, with a major contract recently awarded to the utility Enel to roll out fibre in six regions.
This report presents key statistics on the Italian broadband market, including the burgeoning fibre sector. It also assesses the wireless market, detailing the regulatory treatment for WiMAX auctions, and provides broadband forecasts to 2021.
Wind Tre reports on 2016 results; EOF secures €1.4 billion government contract to provide fibre-based broadband to six regions; government releases first tranche of public funds towards its €2.2 billion broadband investment program; Fastweb delivering 500Mb/s service to 7.5 million premises; SINFI infrastructure registry helping to reduce cost of deploying fibre by a third; Fastweb, Wind and Vodafone continue with €2.5 billion NGN project; Milan’s Metroweb acquired by Enel; Fastweb joins TIM in fibre venture; report update includes the regulator’s market data reports to September 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Telecom Italia (TIM), Metroweb, Fastweb, Vodafone, Tiscali, Wind, BT Italia.
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Last updated 21 Mar 2017
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