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Telecom Italia rolls out fiber-optic services in 22 additional cities. 100 megabit access available in Milan

Telecom Italia is moving ahead with its national ultra-broadband development programme, as the company rolls out “Ultra Internet Fibra Ottica” services based on FTTCab (Fiber To The Cabinet) technology with speeds of 30 Megabits per second now available in an additional 22 cities.

FTTH (Fiber to the Home) technology is being rolled out in Milan, offering download speeds of 100 Megabits per second and uploads at 10 Megabits per second, via fiber connections to the customer’s home or office that make it possible to access applications in real time and allow multiple users to enjoy HD multimedia content simultaneously. Milan’s new FTTH technology network runs alongside the FTTCab network. It will initially be available in around 455 thousand residential properties, before being extended to 564 thousand by the end of 2015.

In addition to Milan, the service is now offered in the cities of Monza, Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Varese, Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Genoa, Florence, Pisa, Prato, Ancona, Bari, Taranto, Palermo, Brindisi and Catanzaro. Following last December’s initial rollout in Rome, Turin and Naples, Telecom Italia’s “Ultra Internet Fibra Ottica” package for consumers and businesses is now available in twenty-five Italian cities. Residential and business customers can send and receive data at higher speeds and greater reliability than over legacy systems.

The extension of new ultra-broadband services is the result of the major impetus Telecom Italia has given its proprietary NGAN (Next Generation Access Network) development scheme. Fiber-optic infrastructure construction work has already begun in thirty-three Italian cities, connecting up a total of 2.8 million properties so far. The target is to reach one hundred and twenty-five cities by the end of 2015, corresponding to coverage of around 8 million properties (roughly 35% of the landline population).

In addition to the 25 cities where the service is already up and running, cable laying is at an advanced stage in Trieste, Treviso, Udine, Forlì, Pescara, Leghorn, Perugia and Catania, where new packages are soon to be rolled out.

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