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The numbers on the digitisation of Italy, which is often spoken about, are now presented in graphics and maps and collected in an open database.

02/24/2020 - 06:15 PM

As of today, on the website rete.gruppotim.it there is a wealth of data on TIM’s fixed and mobile networks: 7000 numbers and 107 maps. The numbers on the digitisation of Italy, which is often spoken about, are now presented in graphics and maps and collected in an open database. For example, 3 years ago 28% of families had access to ultrabroadband services; the website shows that by December 2017, the figure had risen to 77%. The data is national and local, making it easier to follow the expansion and updating of the network process. The data comes from the 4-year database, which is updated quarterly. This is what it contains. 

  • the number and type of exchanges,
  • the number of pieces of equipment,
  • the number of lines,
  • the volume of traffic,
  • coverage of the territory.

For the ultrabroadband fixed network:

  • the number of exchanges,
  • the number of cabinets with UBB accesses,
  • coverage of the territory. 

  For the ultrabroadband mobile network (LTE and LTE plus):

  • the number of municipalities covered,
  • the incidence out of the total number of Italian municipalities.

2 characteristics of the database:

  • the level of detail of the data - national, regional and provincial,
  • open data for complete information access.

It is not just about the kilometres of fibre deployed, but also how we use this technology. Two examples. In 2017 the quantity of information downloaded from the internet – videos, music, data – exceeded the amount uploaded online. In fact, the average monthly bandwidth consumption for fixed lines has gone from 66.1 gigabytes to 82.9 gigabytes, up by +25%. Download traffic has risen from 58.4 to 73.9 gigabytes, so up +26.5%, while upload traffic has increased by 17.5% from 7.7 gigabytes to 9.0 gigabytes. Also in 2017, the growth rate of overall traffic (upload + download), largely in the regions, was between 24 and 34%.

A relatively small range means that internet use in the various regions of Italy increases in a fairly homogeneous way. For those who like rankings, respectively with 99.4 gigabytes and 93 gigabytes of monthly average traffic, Campania and Calabria take first and second place in this indicator. To recap, the site contains information in open data (excel files) and PDF formats, and some data visualization solutions, with over 7,000 pieces of data and 107 maps. 




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