About LTE and 5G
The ultrabroadband mobile network LTE- Long Term Evolution reaches 99% of Italians. LTE/4G represents the fourth generation (4G) mobile phone systems and it is the latest evolution of 3G/HSPA standard.
4G network allows data transmission speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s in download and 50 Mbit/s in upload. The upload speed is 8 times faster than that of the High Speed Protocol Access network (5.6 Mbit/s) and more than double in download (HSPA: 42.2 Mbit/s).
In December 2017 we launched the 4.5G technology. Today it is in 12 main municipalities among which Milan and Turin. With 4.5G our customers are able to reach browsing speeds of up to 700 Mbps in downlink, with a particularly fluid and stable browsing experience. Downloading of films in high definition will take just a few minutes, allowing customers to enjoy full HD and 4K video content on the move.
In 2019 we made 5G commercial services available in 9 cities, 30 tourist destinations and 50 industrial districts, with speeds of up to 2 gigabits a second. 5G performance: faster download speed (at least 10 times higher than 4G), lower latency (10 times lower than 4G), a higher number of devices handled (up to 10 times) and significant use of the Internet of Things, connecting up to one million devices and sensors per km2 simultaneously, with extremely high quality and reliable service.
In January 2020 5G speed on our network exceeded 2 Gbps using, for the first time, the 26GHz bandwidth; on our national territory we are using the 3,7 GHz bandwidth. This record result opens doors to future developments, showcasing the potential of this technology also with respect to our ample portfolio of 5G frequencies having complimentary characteristics.
In November 2019, we defined an investment plan supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB) via a 6Y EUR 350m loan. The financed project concerns both the implementation of 5G and the strengthening of the existing mobile network with 4G/LTE (Long-Term Evolution).
2020-2022 Strategic Plan target: national 5G population coverage by 2025/26.