The big partnerships strategy
The strategic operations concluded in recent months include the agreement with Vodafone to share the passive mobile network infrastructure and the merger of Vodafone Towers into the new INWIT. This has resulted in the biggest Italian tower company, with 22,000 towers spread across the country. Infrastructure coverage available to all telecommunications operators that will allow the spread of 5G to be accelerated.
Data Centers are the focus of our attention. They house our cloud services, the development of which, with highly innovative solutions, is also the goal of our partnership with Google Cloud. There are currently 35,000 servers operating in our Data Centres, which will become increasingly modern and green. More efficient infrastructure will also lead to energy savings, for the Group and for the customers who use our platforms and services, in keeping with our strategic objectives of using less and cleaner energy. In January 2021, TIM announced the birth of Noovle S.p.A., the new company wholly owned by the TIM Group which is to become an Italian centre of excellence for Cloud and edge computing, boosting the offer of TIM's innovative public, private and hybrid cloud services, and accelerating the country’s digital transformation.
The new Cloud Company, thanks to a proprietary network made up of a total of 17 state-of-the-art Data Centres spread across the country – built following the most advanced technological standards – will focus on the supply of innovative and bespoke Multi-cloud services and solutions for TIM customers, ranging from the management of network infrastructure in its Data Centres, to design and support services, migration to the cloud and support for its management, using the most advanced technologies based on artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
On August 31, TIM’s Board of Directors approved the agreement with KKR Infrastructure and Fastweb for the establishment of FiberCop, the NewCo to which TIM’s secondary network (from cabinets to customers’ homes) will be transferred along with the fibre network developed by FlashFiber, the joint venture in which TIM has an 80% and Fastweb a 20% stake. The agreement with KKR Infrastructure and Fastweb is the first step towards creating an Italian digital fibre network company, which will allow TIM, Fastweb and other operators to co-invest, completing the fibre coverage plans in black and grey areas of the country and speeding up the adoption of Ultra-Broadband (UBB) services.