Enel Open Fiber to Build Fiber Network in Venice, Italy

  • Enel Open Fiber (EOF)
VENICE, ITALY — Thanks to an agreement between the city of Venice and Enel Open Fiber (EOF), the Enel Group company that is developing a national ultra-broadband infrastructure, construction will begin in Venice in September on a fiber network that will service the entire city. The fiber optic cabling will be brought to customers’ homes using a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) approach, which will be capable of supporting download and upload speeds of 1 Gbps.

In addition to building the network EOF will manage its operation and maintenance, as well as offering access rights to the network, once finalized, to all operators that request them.

Construction is set to begin in September 2016, with coverage of 50 percent of the premises to be completed by September 2017 and 80 percent by mid-2018, for a total of about 120,000 premises being wired up, about 370 miles of underground cabling and about 310 miles of overhead cabling. The municipality of Venice will support cabling in order to speed up work completion.

In this early stage of the partnership, EOF has entered into separate contracts with the main operators in Italy concerning the cabling of the first 10 cities provided for in its ultra-broadband development plan. The agreements provide for the operators to activate customers on the network that EOF will create, guaranteeing coverage for at least 80% of each city’s premises within the time frame indicated in the roll-out plan. EOF will also handle the operation and maintenance of the new infrastructure. Further agreements with other operators are currently being finalized.

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