Italy 5G plan: € 2 billion to bring at least 150 Mbps to remote areas by 2026

Italy wants cellular broadband for all by 2026, with a downlink speed of at least 98 Mbps and 50 Mbps in uplink . And there are 2 billion euros to make it possible. This is, in a nutshell, the Italy 5G Plan launched by the government, whose public consultations started the day before yesterday and will last a month. It is part of the Italy 1 Giga Plan, which more generally concerns the spread and development of broadband on the Italian territory. More precisely, the initiative aims to guarantee 5G connectivity “in areas where there is no suitable network to provide connectivity to 30 Mbit / s in typical peak traffic conditions “. To achieve this goal, one of the most important and common operations will be to bring the optical fiber to cell towers

According to the latest report published by Infratel, which takes stock of the current coverage and on the forecasts for the next 5 years, are 13. 231 the “white areas” where the loans of the Italy 5G Plan will be needed . With white areas, we recall, we mean those areas where there is no economic advantage for network operators to upgrade or provide internet connectivity, for example because there are too few potential customers. In the vast majority of cases, the base radio stations serving these areas are not reached by backhaul networks (simplifying a lot: the infrastructure that carries the connectivity to the base radio station which then takes care of spreading it to the end devices) in optical fiber. .

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Many of these areas, or unique mobile radio sites , will be in correspondence with uninhabited areas, such as lakes and mountains and, or stretches of roads and railways. The Infratel report provides that by 2026 the cellular broadband coverage (this definition includes both 5G and 4G) will reach approximately 98% of the national territory , while today we are at around 97, 6%. This is because the 4G network is already very widespread. Looking at the absolute numbers, the “pixels” (the areas of 97 x 100 m in which it is divided the Italian territory to evaluate and record the coverage) not covered will drop to 609. 365 against the 737. 437 of the 2021. The total of national pixels, which of course does not vary, is 24. 203. 939

Looking at the peak speeds , however, there are more substantial differences: if at the 2021 the number of pixels with a downlink speed greater than 30 Mbps is approximately 73, 12% of the total, in 2026 will rise to 84, 74%. Pixels with lower speeds will then drop from 13, 44% to the 13, 25 just%, equal to just over 4 million pixels.


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