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The Net: evolution and future

02/08/2017 - 00:30 PM

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Our aim is to quickly disseminate ultrabroadband in Italy. To reach this goal we will investing about 5 billion euros in the 2017 to 2019 timeframe.
We closed 2016 by cabling with new generation access network (NGAN) 14.3 milion households in 1,677 cities. While 4G (LTE) reached 6,704 cities and more than 96% of the Italian population.
Why are we doing this? Because ultra broadband brings new services with better quality.

NGAN: Coverage and targets (%)

LTE: Coverage and targets (%)

OUR TARGETS

End of 2017
  • fiber: about 80% of cabled households
  • LTE: 98% of the population 
End of 2018
  • fiber: around 86% of households
  • LTE: about 99% of population   
End of 2019
  • fiber: about 95% of households
  • LTE: over 99% of the population
ABOUT THE FIBER
Among our recent milestones there is May 2016, when we launched 1000 MB ultrabroadband services in Perugia, by cabling households on a FTTH (Fiber To The Home) network. After Perugia, Milan, Catania, Turin, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Monza were reached by this technology and other main cities will follow.  
FTTH technology, where fibre optics come directly into the buildings, guarantees a connection speed of up to 1000 Megabit/s, improving the performance reached by the fibre optics on FTTCab (Fiber To The Cabinet) networks, which provide connections of up to 100 MB.   
Fibre significantly improves the browsing experience and offers new services. From home, for example, you can enjoy HD video, high quality, multiplayer online gaming and multimedia content simultaneously available on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.  Moreover, optical fibre also brings applications such as telepresence, cloud computing services for businesses and is a step towards the smart city model for local administrations, with systems for security and monitoring the territory, infomobility and sensor networks for environmental tele-monitoring.
Existing infrastructures are exploited to lay the cables or, where digging is necessary, innovative techniques with low environmental impact are used, shortening work time and presence of the work site; these techniques also result in less material being removed from the ground and, as a consequence, less deterioration of the road surface and need for road restoration.
 
ABOUT 4G AND ITS EVOLUTION  
The mobile new generation network is called 4G or LTE (Long Term Evolution) and its further evolution: LTE Advanced or 4G Plus.
LTE technology 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 HSPA network (5.6 Mbit/s) and more than double in download (HSPA: 42.2 Mbit/s).
LTE Advanced technology makes it possible to achieve real transmission speeds roughly double those available on Italian mobile networks: up to 225 Mb per second.
All this means better performance, levels of service and Internet browsing for those using LTE mobile phones, smartphones, USB keys and tablets, allowing the user to enjoy high definition innovative multimedia contents even whilst on the move.
In the meantime we have already started working on 4G evolution towards 5G.
In December, we launched the new 4.5G technology in Rome, Palermo and Sanremo, and we will soon reach Naples, Milan and Turin.
The service is available with the Sony Xperia XZ smartphone, the first compatible device. With 4.5G our customers will be able to reach browsing speeds of up to 500 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.
We are the first in Europe to launch this service.
THE PARTNERSHIP WITH FASTWEB
In this scenario, the recent strategic partnership with Fastweb gives a new boost. The goal is to speed up the creation of the fibre network (FTTH) in 29 cities with an investment of 1.2 billion euros, through the establishment of a joint venture with 80% of the capital held by TIM and 20% by Fastweb.

The new company will handle the creation, on behalf of TIM and Fastweb, and the subsequent rental to them, of a secondary network and the vertical segments up to user homes. The new company's business plan envisages connecting around 3 million homes with FTTH technology within 2020 which will allow connection speeds of 1 Gigabit per second.
Moreover TIM will buy from Fastweb over the next 18 months the infrastructure with FTTH technology that will allow around 650 thousand homes in 6 cities to connect to TIM's network one year earlier than envisaged in the Business Plan.