Telecom Italia Group

Key facts in the first 9 months of 2014

Telecom Italia makes its debut in “seed investment” to support digital startups

20th February

Telecom Italia announced an investment of 4.5 million euros over the next 3 years (1.5 million euros a year, starting from the current year) buying options or shares in innovative start-ups working in the fields of digital, internet, mobile and green ICT, sectors in line with its own business.

This initiative is part of the broader range of activities promoted by Telecom Italia to support and develop an ecosystem of digital entrepreneurship, such as the Working Capital (WCAP) project and its four business accelerators in Milan, Bologna, Rome and Catania).

Thanks to the “seed investment” instrument, Telecom Italia can invest in options or directly take minority stakes in start-ups for a total value between 100,000 and 500,000 euros. The word “seed” captures how these investments focus precisely on the earliest phase of carefully chosen new technology companies, to support both their growth path and market integration.

Telecom Italia makes its “seed investment” debut to support digital start-up. Read the press release

Find out how Telecom Italia invests in talent with projects like Working Capital, JOL and ChangeMakers

Great classical music concerts on the web: PappanoinWeb returns

31st March

April saw the fourth edition of Pappanoinweb, a project of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Telecom Italia to spread and promote classical music, even on the web. The initiative allows online audiences to listen to great classical music concerts and to interact with protagonists and sector experts. Anyone is given the chance to “join” the event, sharing feelings and impressions with other enthusiasts, thanks to the live conversation on web and on Telecom Italia social networks.

In order to provide the audience with information and in-depth material on the masterpieces being played, every appointment of the Pappanoinweb 2014 edition was enriched, at the start of each concert, with a listening guide by musicologist Giovanni Bietti or Maestro Pappano himself.

2013 PappanoinWeb edition was followed by more than 50,000 web visitors and it generated many interactions on social networks with about 800 conversations.

PappanoinWeb: winner of the Premio Cultura + Impresa (Culture + Enterprise Award). Read more 

Discover the website of Pappanoinweb

Browse the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia website

Find out more about the cultural projects supported by Telecom Italia

Big Data Challenge: technology at the service of public administration

3rd April

Created jointly by Telecom Italia, EIT ICT Labs, MIT Media Lab, Politecnico di Milano and Trento RISE (with the contribution of Fondazione Bruno Kessler and Unviersità degli Studi di Trento), the “Big Data Challenge” contest aims to stimulate the creation and development of innovative technological ideas in the field of big data, ones that will improve quality of life and support the public administration.

Sector professionals and enthusiasts had the opportunity to converse on a range of subjects, choosing one of the three action areas suggested: app, data analytics and data visualization. The three winners, recognised in early April in Trento during “ICT Days”, received 6,000 euros each.

More than 1,000 professionals from over 40 countries took part in the contest, proposing services of many kinds: from the improvement of personal mobility to the possibility of forecasting pollution levels.

Discover ICT technologies for the Public Administration

Discover more about the winners of Big Data Challenge 2014 

The Big Data Challenge Contest. Read the press release 

Browse Big Data Challenge website

Renewable energy: Telecom Italia’s agreement with A2A

23rd June

Telecom Italia,  the second-biggest electricity user in Italy, will reduce its environmental impact thanks to an agreement signed in June 2014 with A2A.Telecom Italia will cut CO2 emissions by over 70%. A2A is  the No. 2 electric utility in Italy and stands out for its high use of renewable sources – it produces more than 40% of its energy from renewable sources _ as well as strong diversification of energy sources.

Based on the agreement, Telecom Italia will purchase electricity generated only from renewable sources and A2A will guarantee to cover the energy needs of all group companies for the next two years.

The announcement was made on 23 June during the first “Telecom Italia Energy Day”, an event focused on energy efficiency and on renewable energy solutions, held as part of the 9th edition of the EU Sustainability Energy Week (23-27 June 2014).

Telecom Italia signs an agreement with A2A to buy energy only from renewable sources. Read the press release 

Discover more by reading the Energy Day news announcement

Find out more about the EU Sustainable Energy Week

Follow the Energy Day on social media

Find out how Telecom Italia engages in reducing its environmental impact

Working Capital: 40 start ups inserted into Telecom Italia supplier list

11th July

Working Capital is a Telecom Italia initiative aimed at creating new businesses, supporting them financially and managerially during their development path.

The 40 most innovative ideas of the 2014 edition received 25,000 euros each, for a total of 1 million euros, and received immediate access to the “Albo Veloce” accelerator programme: an instrument that inserts them into Telecom Italia’s supplier list. To support and ease the commercialisation of their products and services, last year Working Capital introduced a “quick register” channel especially for them to access the group’s supplier list. It also introduced the “innovation basket”, the allocation of a 1 million-euro budget to cover part of the costs for services commissioned by Telecom Italia business units.

Furthermore, for the first time, “special mentions” were awarded to nine teams that, considering the maturity of their projects, didn’t need an acceleration process and were automatically included in Telecom Italia’s Quick Register.

Since 2009, Working Capital has received over 7,000 project submissions, supported 220 start ups and awarded 150 business grants, giving a great contribution to the value chain of the digital economy and to the development of an Italian “rainforest”, an innovation ecosystem.

Finally, starting from the next WCAP 2014 edition, a further support to start-ups is expected with the introduction of crowdfunding through a dedicated platform connected to the Working Capital website, which will allow funds to be raised for all the different projects.

Telecom Italia presents the 2014 edition of Working Capital in support of Start-ups, talent and innovation. Read the press release 

Read the announcement of the selection of the winners

Find out more about the official visit of US Ambassador John Phillips to the Working Capital accelerator in Rome

Discover Bologna Working Capital accelerator

“Italia Connessa” contest: private and public sectors come together to reduce tech divide

16th July

“Italia Connessa” (Connected Italy) is a contest aimed at building UltraBroadBand infrastructure in small Italian municipalities, thereby fostering digital services of use to residents, businesses and administrations. After the 2013 edition, the second contest started in July.

The initiative was run to tackle the continuing technological divide between more and less developed area of the country, in line with the objectives of the Digital Agenda.

“Italia Connessa” targets middle-sized Italian municipalities with a population between 15,000 and 50,000, with the aim of selecting and rewarding that places that suggest the most innovative and concrete plan for local digital development. The winning district – selected by the end of 2014 – will see the installation of a new generation fixed network (NGN) as well as coverage with fourth generation mobile network (LTE), financed and implemented by Telecom Italia by 2015.

Between 2005 and 2013, Telecom Italia undertook an extraordinary investment plan, managing to provide around 4,000 municipalities with ADSL coverage, equal to 12% of the population. In September 2014 broadband coverage corresponded to 99%, close to the European Digital Agenda target.

Read the press release on the second edition of “Italia Connessa” contest

Find out more about this contest, on Telecom Italia's website

Have a closer look at the European Digital Agenda targets

Read more about the first and the second editions of “Italia Connessa”

Discover more about how Telecom Italia contributes to the Digital Agenda

 

31st July

In July, the number of Italian towns reached by new Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networks climbed to 1,138, for an outdoor coverage equal to 60.5% of the population nationwide. It is expected to exceed 80% by the end of 2016.

To use this new technology to access the internet from smartphone, tablet and PC, TIM offers its 4G LTE service to consumer and business clients. All the details of its offers and 4G LTE products are online at www.tim.it/internet/ultra-internet-4G-LTE (for consumer clients) and www.impresasemplice.it/offerte-ultra-internet (for business clients). 4G networks allow data transmission with a speed up to 100 Mbit/s while downloading and up to 50 Mbit/s in upload, making services and high-definition multimedia content available via mobile.

Telecom Italia has then launched the experimentation to the public of TIM services based on Advanced LTE technology, the evolution of 4G network, which allows connection speed to reach up to 180 Mbit/s, almost double compared to the maximum currently available on Italian mobile networks. After over one year of laboratory development, July 2014 saw the experimental opening of Advanced LTE technology to the public, with some days of live testing in the city of Turin.

Find out more about the first “live” test in Italy for the Advanced LTE technology on TIM networks

Learn more about the development of Telecom Italia for 4G technology  

Read more about LTE technology (in Italian)

Have a look at the map of the LTE coverage in Italy

 

 

13th August

After TIMvision and TIMmusic, Telecom Italia continues the rebranding of its digital content distribution services. As of mid-2014, editorial platform Cubolibri changed its name to TIMreading while online gaming platform Cubogiochi has become TIMgames.

Inside TIMreading’s newsstand, alongside major national newspapers, there are over 65,000 titles in catalogue, from eBooks to other magazines and newspapers. The latest addition is Gambero Rosso magazines and Gruner & Jahr titles such as GEO and Focus. TIMreading offers can be accessed from Android and Apple tablets.

TIMgames provides all TIM customers with a choice of about 1,700 games, updated weekly. They can download the best games on demand or subscribe via tablet and smartphone.

Read the press release on TIMreading  

Read the press release on TIMgames  

 

22nd September

Following the creation in 2013 of digital islands – equipped with new cloud and NFC technologies – and the technological collaboration for building the Smart City “command centre”, in 2014 Telecom Italia continues its active participation in Expo 2015 through the Belvedere in città project, which uses drones to let people follow the work on the exhibition site.

Every week until April 2015, a small flying robot or drone will fly at different heights over the world exposition construction site, recording the ongoing building activities. The images taken from on high of the building work will be broadcast at the Expo Gate visitor centre in central Milan as well as on Expo 2015 and Telecom Italia web and social channels.

These drones are equipped with 6 electric engines and are controlled by an on-board electronic circuit that can keep the devices stable even in adverse weather conditions. Each device has a GPS system and can host video recorders, cameras, infrared detectors and other systems for the capturing environmental characteristics.

The Belvedere in città initiative was illustrated during the inauguration of the new TIM4Expo multifunctional space, installed at Milano La Triennale: an innovative technological showcase for the discovery of the whole digital ecosystem of Expo Milano 2015. In July, TIM4Expo space also hosted a photographic exhibition “Telecom Italia Data Center – THE CLOUD SHELTER” (in collaboration with Magnum Photos and Expo 2015). The exhibition was created to highlight the intangible reality of cloud computing and the “central nervous system” of both Digital Expo and  the entire Expo Milano 2015 Digital Smart City, by means of the amazing pictures of the Data Center in Rozzano.

See Expo Milano 2015 building site via drone

Read the press release for the first video on the Expo construction sites  

Follow the official Facebook page for TIM4Expo

Look at the pictures from the exhibition “Telecom Italia Data Center – The Cloud Shelter”

Read the press release on the presentation of “Belvedere in città” project  

Visit the Expo2015 section on Telecom Italia website

Find out how Telecom Italia contributes to Expo Milano 2015

Read the press release on the Smart City “direction cabin”

Read the press release on Digital Islands

Discover what drones are  

 

25th September

After the winter Sochi Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Sky and Telecom Italia confirmed their partnership offering customers the chance to see the European football season on smartphones and tablets, thanks to TIMvision, Telecom Italia’s on-demand TV service. The agreement allows Sky channels exclusively dedicated to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Euro 2016 qualification matches to be shown over TIM 3G and 4G networks. 

From early 2015, the relationship between these two leading companies, which started last November, will allow Telecom Italia consumer customers to enjoy a Sky offering equal to the one available via satellite in terms of content, services and pricing, therefore marking the birth of the first IPTV (Internet Protocol TV): Italian new generation TV running over the Internet.

Telecom Italia and Sky operate in the broader entertainment market by putting together their assets and abilities, even in prospect of developing broadband in the country. On the one hand, Sky’s offer is the key element of Telecom Italia UltraBroadBand strategy while on the other hand access to new-generation networks allows Sky to benefit from a further distribution platform for its channels.

Read the details of the September 2014 agreement between Telecom Italia and Sky

Starting in 2015, the new Italian IPTV

Find out what advantages Telecom Italia and Sky customers have

Sky offering on Telecom Italia UltraBroadBand network. Read the press release

Discover the agreement to access Sky channels dedicated to the Olympic Games

Learn about the agreement to see Formula 1® Grand Prix on smartphones and tablets

Read more about the agreement to access Sky channel for the Football World Cup

 

7th October

In August, the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and Telecom Italia signed an agreement to start the “Città 3.0” (meaning “Cities 3.0”) programme and test innovative services for smart cities in four locations: Benevento, Lecce, Piacenza and Pordenone. The aim of this initiative is to offer technological solutions in support of the local community, to increase the competitiveness of local administrations as well as to improve people’s quality of life, all leading to greater sustainability.

During the trial, Telecom Italia made available: innovative platforms for energy monitoring; new generation systems based on Big Data to measure urban phenomena and behaviour trends during major events; SIM Cards used as access keys for the management of digital identity services in the fields of e-government and healthcare; Mobile wallets to turn smartphones into both digital wallets and everyday tools for services such as transport and parking; smart street furniture integrated with the surrounding environment and personal devices to simplify communication with the public administration.

In addition, in order to guarantee safer and more pleasant cities, Turin Politecnico university and Telecom Italia organised a meeting in July in Turin to outline the status of innovations in the field of robotics for services applied to smart cities of the future, including from a legal and regulatory point of view. Finally, for the first time in Italy, between the end of September and the beginning of October, results of the European project UrbanIxD were released to the public: the initiative allowed people to try out – by means of video and prototypes – of future models of ordinary life.

Read the press release on the agreement between Telecom and ANCI

Find out more about the Turin conference on robotics for smart cities

Discover what drones are

Have a closer look at JOL CRAB for robotics

Look at the pictures of the “UrbanIxD” exhibition at Telecom Italia Future Centre (in Italian)