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The Net: evolution and future

05/21/2019 - 08:45 AM

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FIBER: Trend coverage (%)

LTE: Trend coverage (%)

4G coverage
around 99% of the population
Fiber coverage (FTTH+FTTC)
about 80%
  • around 19.4 mln householdes passed FTTC
  • around 3.5 mln householdes connected FTTH on over 4 mln householdes passed
  • 2,716 cities with commercial active service, of which:
    • 2,597 cities FTTC
    • 119 cities FTTH and FTTC
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 network 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, fibre network 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.
THE DIALOGUE WITH OPEN FIBER
We believes in the value creation opportunity that a single network presents hence on February 2019 we started discussions with Open Fiber to explore all possible options, including a full business combination.
We continue to work with our financial advisors on exploring the single network opportunity and on maximizing the value of our fixed network.
Converge of the two networks would carry advantages for all stakeholders: the companies involved, the market, shareholders and the country as a whole, which would benefit from faster and cutting-edge infrastructure.
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.
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 12 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.
THE PARTNERSHIP WITH VODAFONE
On February 21, 2019 we and Vodafone Italia signed a MoU and agreed to enter into exclusive discussions for a new network sharing partnership. We and Vodafone intend to enter into an active network sharing partnership for 5G, to consider active sharing for 4G and to expand their existing passive sharing agreement.
Read the press release
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On rete.gruppotim.it you can find the data, national and local, of our BB and UBB networks.
5G: TURIN, THE REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO, SANREMO, BARI, MATERA AND GENOA   
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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. 
For two days in October, the first 5G live demos  services aimed at the general public were showed: cars, 4.0 industry, digital tourism, smart city and drones and the first remote controlled standard car.
Last November the first prototype 5G smartphone has been connected to our network.
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THE REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO
From December 2018 it is 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 2017 the 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.
In September 2018 the first 5G 3GPP standard antenna was switched on, followed by a second one in October.
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SANREMO
In February 2019 we deployed a number of antennas for the 5G network in Sanremo. These antennas use the frequency bands acquired as a result of the recent Ministry for Economic Development bid. The frequencies used have been available since 1st January of this year on the 3.7 GHz spectrum through Ericsson's 5G intelligent antennas, which enable dynamic variation of the single customer's frequency position and of the generated data traffic.
The early terminal prototypes were able to connect live to the network with the support of the 5G Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 modem, well ahead of the commercial smartphones scheduled to arrive on the market in 2019.
So it was possible to test the innovative 4K 360º video streaming service in Virtual Reality during the Festival. Visitors who stopped by the dedicated areas were transported to events being held in other places. They could also experience a guided visit, taking immersive tours of Piazza Navona in Rome and the Pietro Micca Museum in Turin via Virtual Reality glasses, interacting with a real museum guide.
We also reinforced the 4.5G network  through the use of 44 micro and macro cell antennas that are all connected in fibre, resulting in a total of 136 cells covering 99% of the population.
 
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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.
In September 2018, one year after the beginning of the Project, the first 5G "standard" antenna was switched on, in Bari.
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Genoa  
Genoa as well will become one of Italian cities to experiment the new 5G network. Since the end of 2018, the city hosts Italy's first "Digital Lab 5G", ready for testing the new 5G technology.
All this thanks to a memorandum of understanding which was signed by TIM, Ericsson, the Municipality of Genoa, the Region of Liguria and Liguria Digitale.  

Read the press note of March 28, 2018

THE 5G FREQUENCIES
In October 2018 TIM concluded its participation in the Ministry of Economic Development’s auction for 5G frequencies - which called for an overall investment of 2.4 billion euros-, with successful bids for an 80MHz block of 3700 MHz and a 200MHz block of 26 GHz. In addition to the two blocks of 700 MHz it had already won.
The frequencies all have different and complementary characteristics in terms of coverage, penetration and capacity, and will be available until 2037.
The 3700 MHz band was available immediately after the auction and the 26 GHz “millimetre wave” band from 2019. The 700 MHz frequencies will be available from 2022.
Read the presss release of October 2, 2018