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Climate change adaptation initiatives put in place by Telecom Italia

05/18/2017 - 04:30 PM

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Due to climate change weather patterns are changing, leading to extreme weather conditions.

The risks associated with climate change for the telecommunications sector have implications of a physical, economical and regulatory nature, with major repercussions even on the image and reputation of the company. In Italy, in particular, considerable flooding has occurred in recent years, which has had a devastating impact on vast areas of land, cities and infrastructure.

TIM’s installations, network infrastructure and Data Centres are spread across the country and the Company believes that flooding is one of the most serious physical risks and the one most likely to occur. The evaluated effects consist of damage ranging from reduced use to loss of properties and, in extreme cases, total loss of the ability to provide the service to customers.

In order to prevent or limit the potential damage, TIM’s new exchanges and buildings are built at a safe distance from rivers and bodies of water in general and, in order to ensure continuity of service, the network is designed considering appropriate levels of resilience and redundancy.

In Italy the situation of the network infrastructure, in particular in the areas where the hydrogeological risks is high, is continuously monitored using the company's Ci.Pro. (Civil Protection) system, which is continuously updated with a view to planning the work required as quickly as possible. Lastly, the physical risks to which company assets are in any case subject, are managed by insurance cover that takes into account the value of the structures and equipment as well as any effects that these catastrophic events would cause for the service.

In Brazil changeable weather conditions increasingly give rise to extreme meteorological conditions and TIM Brasil has developed technologies and applications for effective and continuous monitoring, particularly in areas at greatest risk The Company has also invested heavily in advanced infrastructure and technologies, not only to guarantee the continuity and quality of the service offered to customers, but also to improve efficiency and reduce the consumption associated with its operations.