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TIM: switch-off of the copper network begins: the first 62 stations decommissioned as of tomorrow

The decommissioning plan involves the switching off of approximately 6,700 exchanges using all-copper technology by 2028 and the migration of customers towards ultra-broadband connections with a significant improvement in performance.

05/24/2024 - 10:40 AM

To encourage the adoption of new fibre-optics technologies and accelerate the process of digitalising the country, TIM will begin the process of decommissioning the first 62 all-copper exchanges as of tomorrow.

This in turn is the beginning of the copper access network switch-off plan, which involves the progressive switching off of over 6,700 exchanges, out of the approximately 10,500 existing ones, by 2028.

The 62 exchanges involved in this initial operation are located in 54 municipalities over 11 regions: Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Lombardy, Molise, Apulia, Sicily, Tuscany and Veneto. The switch-off involves transferring the connections established on these exchanges (ADSL, ISDN and RTG telephone lines) to the new-generation TIM network, already available totally or partially through fibre.

“We are embarking on an important phase of transforming our access network,” states Elisabetta Romano, TIM Chief Network Operations & Wholesale Officer. “Migration from the access services offered on the copper network to those available on the new-generation network marks the beginning of the switch-off process, which will involve over 60% of our exchanges nationally, located mainly in outlying areas or small municipalities. In order to decommission such a large number of exchanges, constant commitment to creating networks that wholly or partially employ fibre optics and to innovation with respect to outdated tech platforms becomes essential. We are working to accelerate the process and create the conditions for switching off a significant number of exchanges even within the next two years.”

Migrating customers towards ultra-broadband connections will allow a significant improvement in performance and quality of service, with considerable benefits also in terms of environmental impact. Decommissioning the copper exchanges, also involving the simultaneous switch-off of all equipment linked to the traditional services in the other exchanges connected to them, is estimated to allow a reduction of approximately 450,000 MWh in energy consumption and of 209,600,000 kg in CO₂ emissions – equivalent to 16,108,000 trees – when fully operational.

The technological adaptation operations have been approved by the National Telecoms Regulator (AGCom) as part of the broader general technology renewal plan, which envisages the progressive decommissioning of copper network exchanges.

Finally, in recent months TIM has sent specific information to all the municipalities in the areas where the exchanges involved in the initiative are located, also organising specific meetings to provide further information on the subject.    



Rome, 24 May, 2024


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