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Italy : Programme launched to build the optical fibre network in molise to achieve the aims of the european digital agenda.

The programme has started to build a new generation optical fibre network in Molise, with the aim of supplying ultra fast broadband connectivity in the municipalities of Termoli, Isernia, Pozzilli and Venafro, as a contribution to achieving the aims of the European Digital Agenda.

In fact, Telecom Italia has won the Molise Region Tender to obtain grant funding for an investment programme to create new passive optic infrastructure that will enable NGAN (Next Generation Access Networks), which will be able to supply innovative services to citizens, enterprises and government. The Tender, issued by the Ministry of Economic Development through Infratel Italia, the Invitalia Group company appointed to implement the National Broadband Plan and the Ultrabroadband Strategic Project, and approved by the European Commission, envisages public funding of around 4 million euros from the ERDF in addition to an investment of 1.7 million euros from Telecom Italia.

The plan was illustrated today by Paolo di Laura Frattura, President of the Molise Region, Francesco Di Perna, Head of Central Italy Open Access Network of Telecom Italia, Francesco D Angelo, Head of Telecom Italia Central Italy Business, and Guido Citerni Di Siena, Infratel Italia Head of Communication and Institutional Relations.

In detail, the project presented by Telecom Italia envisages coverage by 2015 of 4 new municipalities, namely the 3 already specified by the Ministry of Economic Development and Infratel in the Tender, plus another one, which means it will affect approximately 70 thousand inhabitants. The municipalities involved Termoli, Isernia, Pozzilli and Venafro will be able to use connections with ultrabroadband technology at speeds of 30 to 100 Megabytes per second in all the areas covered, thus accelerating access to innovative digital services for citizens, enterprises and local government.

In order to achieve this result, Telecom Italia will adapt 8 exchange areas to allow around 31,000 households to be supplied with a 30 Megabytes per second connection, 3,000 of which will also have the option of a 100 Megabytes per second connection. The latter include over 100 government offices, schools and hospitals, all having connection speeds of 100 Megabytes per second.

By 2015, in addition to this project co-funded by the Molise Region, Telecom Italia plans to build a new generation infrastructure and services in Campobasso, independently and with its own investments, to serve approximately 27,000 households.

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Date:Oct 28, 2014
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