Fastweb speeds up Italy’s fibre access

Created August 24, 2017
News and Business

Just released figures show Italian broadband operator Fastweb reaching 7.8 million households in 130 cities with its fibre services at the end of June 2017. The Fastweb ultra-broadband network is made up of both Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre To The Home (FTTH) systems.

Fastweb, which is 100% owned by Swisscom Italia, says the expansion of the FTTC network – with 19 new cities being developed currently – and the technological upgrade of that network, are both rapidly progressing. At present, more than 50% of households covered by the FTTC network are enabled to receive connectivity at speeds of 200 Mbits/s.

Company strategy is also to expand and upgrade the FTTH infrastructure offering. The FTTH “UltraFibra” service, enabling download speeds up to 1 Gbits/s, is already available in Milan, Rome, Bologna and Turin. The plan is that service will be extended to other cities, starting with Genoa, Naples and Bari, where UltraFibra will be marketed beginning in September.

In total, by June 30th, more than 923,000 Fastweb wireline customers had opted for the service provider’s ultra-broadband offer (an increase of 30% compared to the 710,000 customers active in June 2016). More than 38% of this wireline customer base has already switched to an ultra-broadband service with download speed up to 1 Gbits/s.


This article was written
by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.