Innovation

Contributing to the Digital Agenda

Telecom Italia sees innovation and technology contributing to a digital world where living standards are better for individuals and companies. The path has been mapped out by the Italian Digital Agenda, a programme created on the basis of the Digital Agenda for Europe – one of the seven initiatives of the “Europe 2020” strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

From Europe to the regions: the future challenges for a digital life

The Italian Digital Agenda, created following the guidelines of the European Agenda, is intended to stimulate the country's economic growth through incentives to use technology. In addition, the programme is expected to generate significant savings for public authorities.

Digital Agenda for Europe

  • Single digital market
  • Broadband
  • Digital inclusion
  • Public services
  • Research and innovation
  • Green economy

Italian Digital Agenda / Growth 2.0 Decree

  • Single registry / Digital identity / Electronic billing
  • Digital Public Administration
  • Digital education
  • Digital health
  • Digital legal system
  • Smart communities

Regional Digital Agendas

  • Knowledge and ability to listen
  • Regional industrial policies
  • Delegated areas (e.g. health)
  • Regional implementation

In order to achieve these objectives, it is vitally important to invest in technology and network infrastructure and to do so throughout Italy, not just in the big cities and districts.

To bridge the technological gap that has opened up in lower-income areas of the country, between 2005 and 2013, Telecom Italia carried out a major investment programme in which it provided ADSL coverage to approximately 4,000 new municipalities, equivalent to more than 12% of the population. This led to ADSL broadband coverage for the country of 98% at the end of 2013, close to European Digital Agenda target.

By the end of 2016, partly thanks to the increase in investment in ultra-broadband technology set out in its three-year plan, Telecom Italia will serve more than 50% of the population with a fixed high-speed connection (NGAN) and 80% with a fourth-generation mobile network (LTE).

The goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe for 2020

At the beginning of 2010, the European Commission presented the Europe 2020 strategy, with the aim of preparing the economic and social framework for the challenges of the next decade. The key initiatives included the adoption of a Digital Agenda for Europe, which seeks to increase internet coverage and enable households and businesses to get the most out of the single digital market.

Italia Connessa and Telecom Italia's digital check-up

With the Italia Connessa (Connected Italy) initiative, Telecom Italia looked at the different levels of digital development and partnered some regional administrations in conducting a thorough digital check-up. The municipality of Grugliasco (Turin) won the Italia Connessa contest, which was intended to promote a culture of innovation among local administrations of medium-sized Italian municipalities.

The second Italia Connessa was presented in December 2013 and paints a mixed picture. Italy seems to be behind the European average in most indicators, with the exception of basic broadband coverage (at 98%).

Just over half the population accesses the internet, well below the European average (53% in Italy versus the EU figure of 70% and the 2015 target set by the European Union of 75%), and Italians remain rather sceptical regarding online purchases (17% of the population buys goods online, compared with the 2015 European target of 50%, an objective that has already been met and exceeded by numerous EU countries).