TIM is the first in Italy, in Perugia, to launch 1000 MB ultrabroadband on the new FTTH (Fiber To The Home) network. Starting from next Friday 27 May, in fact, the first 1,000 super-fast connections will be available in the Fontivegge district thanks to the completion of the cabling of around 200 buildings in which fibre optics come directly into the buildings. The aim of the initiative, which will be progressively extended also to other areas of the city, is to equip Perugia with an even better performing ultrabroadband network than the one currently available to citizens and businesses, thereby confirming TIM's commitment to launch the Umbrian capital into the elite of Italian cities thanks to ultra-modern digital infrastructure. TIM's investment in fibre optics in Perugia is over 10 million euros.
Perugia was in fact included by TIM in the national plan of FTTH technology cabling which envisages reaching over 3.5 million homes by 2018. The new development programme for the ultrabroadband network, thanks to which fibre reaches homes and offices directly, follows that implemented in the city by TIM and which already makes connections of up to 100 MB available to over 53 thousand homes, equal to 80.3% of the population. This will make it possible to offer even higher quality in the use of HD video content and an improved browsing experience to benefit the growing number of citizens. The initiative confirms TIM's desire to give further impetus to the country's digitalisation processes and, as a consequence, to the growth of the local economy.
“Perugia is one of the very first Italian cities to have a new generation ultrabroadband network with fibre that comes right inside the buildings enabling transmission speeds of up to 1000 MB," stated Carlo Filangieri, Head of Open Access TIM. "We are the first company to make this type of infrastructure operative in Italy, in the Umbrian capital, making it immediately available to a significant number of citizens, businesses and other operators, and we are proud of this result. With over 4.5 billion euros of investments in ultrabroadband in the three-year period 2016-2018, our commitment to the digitalisation of the country is concrete. The goal is to reach 84% of homes with fibre optics - of which 20% also in FTTH technology - and to have 98% mobile ultrabroadband coverage by the end of 2018."
With fibre it is possible to access particularly high quality video content also in HD. The high speed connection also allows the use of multimedia content at the same time on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. Businesses can also access the world of professional solutions, using them to their full potential thanks to the fibre optic connection. The latter also enables innovative applications, such as telepresence, video surveillance, cloud computing services for businesses, as well as applications allowing local authorities to implement the smart city model, including systems for security and monitoring the territory, info-mobility and sensor networks for environmental telemonitoring.
On this occasion too, for the laying of the cables, the existing infrastructure will be exploited and in case of excavations, use will be made of techniques and innovative tools with low environmental impact that minimise intervention times, the area occupied by the site, soil effraction, the material removed, the deterioration of the pavement and, consequently, the road repairs.
As regards mobile telephony, in addition to the coverage of the LTE network, in Perugia TIM's new 4G Plus network is also available, which offers connections capable of reaching almost double those available with normal 4G. The TIM new generation mobile network offers citizens performance and service levels considerably improving the Internet surfing experience and the use of innovative contents on mobile devices, such as video streaming in HD..
In Umbria, in addition to Perugia, TIM has fibre optics in Terni, Spoleto, Foligno and Città di Castello, cities where ultrabroadband services are already available to citizens, companies, the public administration and other operators, and work is under way in Gualdo Tadino, Gubbio, Narni and Bastia.
By creating increasingly advanced ultrabroadband infrastructure, TIM has confirmed its commitment to innovating at local level and disseminating digital services, thus contributing to the sustainable growth of the local economy and to improving quality of life for citizens.
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Perugia, 25 May 2016