Open Fiber, Italy's wholesale FTTH operator, continues its nationwide expansion. Several towns and municipalities are now benefiting from ultra-fast fibre optic connections across the country. According to recent official releases, Leverano, Lajatico, Palaia, Serravalle Sesia, Predappio, and Castelnovo Ne Monti are the latest areas to embrace Open Fiber's fibre broadband infrastructure.
Localities Around Pisa
Residents in the towns of Palaia and Lajatico can now enjoy ultra-broadband connectivity. Open Fiber has announced the completion of the construction of a new public ultra-broadband network spanning over 51 kilometres, extending the FTTH and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) technologies to over 2,300 premises. With the optical fibre stretching directly to homes and businesses, these once under-connected regions can now access high-speed internet at Gigabit speeds on par with major cities.
According to Open Fiber, in Palaia, the connected houses are 1424 in the areas of Soianella, Soiana, Chientina, Stibbiolo, Morrona, Terricciola, Casanova, La Rosa and Selvatelle. The intervention in Lajatico involved the hamlets of La Sterza, Lajatico, Orciatico and San Giovanni, with 885 real estate units ready to activate the service.
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Fiber Build in Leverano
On July 19th, Open Fibre announced that the new public ultra-broadband network is operational in Leverano. The network in Leverano reaches 54 premises through FTTH (Fiber-to-the-home, the optical fibre stretched up to the inside of the buildings) and FWA (Fixed Wireless Access).
Serravalle Sesia: Empowering Residents with Connectivity
In another development, Open Fiber on July 18th announced that its ultra-fast network is available to 2,944 premises in Serravalle Sesia, in the province of Vercelli, along with the hamlets of Vintebbio and Bornate. According to the data provided by Infratel, around 20 kilometres of ultra-fast network was laid.
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Predappio: FTTH Network Deployment
On July 17th, Open Fiber announced that its ultra-fast optical fibre is now available in Predappio in the province of Forli-Cesena. The FTTH network, covering over 41 kilometres, connects over 3,400 premises. Over 73 percent of the network infrastructure was realised by reusing existing underground or aerial cables and networks, ensuring a cost-effective and sustainable deployment.
Castelnovo Ne Monti: Italy 1 Giga Plan
The town of Castelnovo Ne Monti in the province of Reggio Emilia is to benefit from the 'Italy 1 Giga Plan', according to the announcement made by Open Fiber on July 13th. The project, financed by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, aims to provide ultra-fast FTTH connections to more than 2,280 civics through infrastructure spanning about 154 Kilometers.
Open Fiber stated that it is contributing 30 percent of the project's funding, while public funds support the rest. The investment will connect less-covered areas with high-speed internet, facilitating economic growth and digital inclusion.
Infrastructure in white areas
According to Open Fiber, its FTTH technology offers connection speeds of up to 10 Gbps and low latency, enabling seamless digital experiences for users. In less populated areas, FWA technology extends coverage through the fiber optic rebinding of base stations.
Open Fiber is working on building infrastructure in areas that lack digital connectivity, known as "white areas", to reduce the digital divide. The infrastructure will be publicly owned and managed by Open Fiber for 20 years. This plan will cover more than 6,200 municipalities across the country.