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The Net: evolution and future

05/31/2018 - 00:30 PM

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NGAN: Trend coverage (%)

Fiber coverage:78.3% (March 31, 2018) 
FTTC (Fiber-to-the-Cabinet):
19 mln of households in about 3,600 cities (March 31, 2018) 

speed up to 200 Mbit/s

FTTH (Fiber-to-the-households):
2.3 mln of households in 30 main cities (end 2017)

speed up to 1Gbit/s

LTE: Trend coverage (%)

LTE coverage: over 98% (March 31, 2018)
4G: around 7,300 cities (March 31,2018)
4G Plus: about 1,437 cities (March 31, 2018)

speed up to 300 Mbit/s

4.5G: 12 cities (end 2017)

speed up to 700 Mbit/s

Our objective is to increase penetration of ultrabroadband in Italy.
The DigiTIM plan foresees, for 2018-2020, an investment of 9 billion euro for the expansion of the ultrabroadband network.
In 2020 we want ultrabroadband fixed lines to reach over 5 million lines, in the consumer segment, and around 3 million wholesale lines (other operators). Fibre coverage will reach 80% of households and 100 cities with FTTH. And we are aiming to increase LTE penetration to over 95% of our client base.
Why are we doing this? Because with ultrabroadband we can offer new services, convergence, better quality and content: a new digital experience. 
ABOUT THE FIBER
Fiber cabling can be done in many ways. Since May 2016, we launched 1000 MB ultrabroadband services by cabling households on a FTTH (Fiber To The Home) network. Today Perugia, Milan, Catania, Turin, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Monza are reached by this technology and other main cities will follow.   
This technology brings optical fiber directly into the appartments - through the so called "verticals" - and is one of the methods we use together with FTTCab (Fiber To The Cabinet), currently the most used, which brings the fiber to the streetside cabinets.  
A FTTH network allows for connections of up to 1,000 megabits per second.  A FTTC network, thanks to e-vdsl technology (Enhanced Very High-speed Digital Subscriber Line), can reach speeds of 200 megabits per second and, with further technological developments, can reach 300 megabits per second.  With this technological upgrade on their FTTC network the maximum connection speed is thus doubled: from 100 to 200 megabits in download and 20 in upload. The operation can be requested for free by clients having a contract of up to 100 megabits and whose telephone line is deployed on a street cabinet already predisposed for e-vdsl technology. The client will receive a new latest generation modem.
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.
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 and 4.5 and 5G.  
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 .
In December 2017 we launched the new 4.5G technology in Rome, Palermo and Sanremo, and we gradually extended it. Today it is in 12 main municipalities among which Milan, Turin, Giardini Naxos and Taormina (where the G7 Summit was held on May 2017).
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.
FIBER + 4.5G
In June 2017 we made available the first offer which combines FTTH (Fiber To The Home) with 4.5G. A package which gives clients connections up to 1000 Mbps in download and 100 Mbps in upload in 70 municipalities already covered by FTTH and in 11 cities with 4.5G up to 500 Mpbs in download. From July 2017, in Torino, Milano, Napoli, Roma, Palermo, Taormina and Giardini-Naxos, this speed increaseD, for customers with enabled devices, up to 700 Mpbs.
5G: TURIN AND THE REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO   
Our next step, the 5G network, is Turin. In this city, thanks to the agreement signed with the Municipality, we will build Italy’s first 5G network providing innovative services in the urban area of the Piedmont capital. Over 100 smart cells have been installed in the main streets and squares with the aim of covering the entire city by 2020.
And the Republic of San Marino will be the first State in Europe - and one of the first in the world - to have a 5G mobile network, thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by us and the Government of the Republic of San Marino. In July  2017the project started the operational phase.
In May 2018, live demos of the first 5G services, that will soon be available in the territory of San Marino, were shown. Among them:  
  • Smart City services, with Smart Parking and Gas & Water Metering applications, built by Olivetti, to bring economic advantages and facilities to the people of San Marino and local companies, as well as solutions to monitor air quality, using IoT sensors placed on urban buses, or Smart Agriculture systems based on the principles of the sharing economy;
  • Public Security services which, thanks to a system of cameras constantly connected to police stations, will guarantee video surveillance during public events;
  • Services for Industry 4.0 to provide local industry with integrated system of production and logistics which makes the most of the processing capacity made available by the cloud, with obvious economic and time savings.
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FURTHER WAYS TOWARDS 5G
Last September, the project "Bari Matera 5G" by TIM, Fastweb and Huawei for the development of the new mobile networks in these two cities entered into the operative stage as the Ministry of Economic Development (Mise) has awarded the the 5G testing on 3,6 – 3,8 GHz spectrum frequencies, as defined in the call for tenders.
The three companies submitted a joint plan as lead partners in coordination with 52 international, national and local bodies.
In May 2018, the first concrete applications of 5G in the tourism sector and Industry 4.0 were shown.
In particular,in Materia, was presented a Virtual Reality solution which allows visitors, wearing a visor, to move in the dedicated areas, approach the walls and touch objects in a totally innovative and immersive experience; in this virtual world, the visitor can meet other people who are in different geographical locations, and interact with them as well as follow the directions given by a real guide.
In Bari, was shown the Augmented Reality solution for the maintenance of ship engines. Thanks to the use of a Smart Helmet and the high-level performance of the high speed and low latency network, remote assistance can be provided to the workers involved in the assembly and disassembly of a ship's engine, through assistance and reception of three-dimensional indications overlapping the image of the motor.
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THE PARTNERSHIP WITH FASTWEB
The partnership with Fastweb is still another way 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.