Italian telco Wind Tre has extended its Fibre To The Home (FTTH) partnership with infrastructure provider Open Fiber. An existing agreement between the duo, which is already active in the first 13 Italian cities reached by Open Fiber’s fibre optics network, has now been extended to another 258 Italian cities (for a total of 271) included in the so-called A and B clusters. The deal will now cover 60% of the Italian population.
The partnership, which will be valid until 2024, is designed to facilitate the migration of Wind Tre’s fixed-line customers towards the Open Fiber network. The aim is that almost 10 million building units, including houses and business premises, will be able to obtain speeds of 1 Gbits/s for both downloads and uploads.
The agreement also supports Wind Tre’s ambitions in 4G and 5G mobile service provision, with the telco intending to become a reference player in fixed-mobile integration and in the development of new generation fibre optics networks.
“The agreement with Wind Tre, one of the key-players in the sector, allows us to accelerate the creation of a future-proof communication network in 271 cities that are situated in Italy’s most densely populated areas, and to reduce (the) digital divide in our country compared to the rest of Europe,” said Open Fiber CEO Tommaso Pompei.
“Our agreement with Open Fiber extends our partnership to rapidly ramp up the provisioning of our broadband services across 271 cities, enabling affordable and accessible services for our customers and assisting in the ‘digitalisation’ of the Italian economy,” added Wind Tre CEO Jeffrey Hedberg. “In partnership with Open Fiber we will be in a position to accelerate and reinforce the ultra-broadband development plan launched by the Government. In addition, Wind Tre is strengthening its position in the Italian market as a large integrated operator, offering its customers innovative technology solutions, with simple, transparent and attractive offers.”