Italy’s Open Fiber has selected Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor, to supply its Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions for the Rural Ultra-Broadband project.
Open Fiber earlier said banks, state lender CDP and the European Investment Bank signed off on a 3.5 billion euro project finance package to fund the rolling out of ultrafast optic fiber broadband network. it is rolling out across the country.
Open Fiber, jointly owned by CDP and utility Enel, also said its two shareholders would grant a maximum further 950 million euros.
Open Fiber aims to deliver Ultra Broadband services in about 20 million households in each of the 20 Italian Regions.
The FWA technology allows for deployment at places with minimum telecommunication infrastructure, and Intracom Telecom’s WiBAS 26 / 28 GHz platform can offer Ultra-Broadband capacities. The platform is designed to provide service at speeds comparable to those of optical fiber, and at a fraction of the time needed to deploy them.
Intracom Telecom’s FWA platform is featuring advanced algorithms to dynamically share available resources, maximizing the number of concurrently served subscribers, and automations to accelerate the installation of the terminals, and the service provisioning, said Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of Intracom Telecom.
Intracom Telecom has been supplying networks in Italy since 2014, specializing in the field of Ultra-Broadband Internet connectivity to rural residential subscribers.
Open Fiber in May 2019 signed a deal with phone group Fastweb to extend a network fiber access agreement to 80 Italian cities.
Fastweb, which is controlled by Swisscom, owns 20 percent of Flash Fiber, a joint venture with Telecom Italia to build FTTH broadband infrastructure in the main Italian cities.
Telecom Italia and Open Fiber are building rival fast broadband networks which observers say wastes resources due to duplication.
CDP owns almost 10 percent of Telecom Italia and is the second-largest shareholder in the telecoms incumbent.