Meeting Enel – Metroweb

Published on Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Yesterday's meeting between the top management of Enel and the executives of Metroweb, in view of the completion of the merger with Enel Open Fiber, operation approved by the boards of Enel and COP in July.

The top management of Enel yesterday met the top management of Metroweb, ahead of its completion of a merger with Enel Open Fiber, operation approved by the boards of Enel and COP at the end of July.

The work plan of the new company resulting from the merger provides for the fiber coverage at very high speed of approximately 9.5 million homes in the period 2016-2021.

The meeting was therefore the occasion to review progress on the opening of the wiring work of the first 10 cities foreseen in the business plan - Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Perugia and Venezia.

After the start of works in Catania, Perugia and Venice, optical fiber laying began in Padua and Cagliari, where the infrastructure will be completed as in other cities in the second quarter of 2017.

The new company is interested in making a network of ultra-broadband telecommunications fiber optic in these cities, whilst ensuring their management and maintenance, as well as offering network access rights made under technical and economic conditions that do not discriminate the requesting parties.

The company's plan for the city of Padua provides a coverage of 50% of real estate units by June 2017 and 80% by May 2018, for a total of about 116,000 wired units, approximately 560 km of underground network and about 210 km of overhead network.

In Cagliari the 50%coverage  of the residential units is expected by April 2017 and 80% by March 2018, for a total of about 83,000 wired units, approximately 430 km of underground and about 160 km of overhead network.

The optical fiber will be brought up to the homes of customers in a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) mode that can support transmission speeds of 1 Gbps for both download and upload.

The fiber-laying activities count on the support of the Municipality of Padua and the Municipality of Cagliari for the fast achievement of the work.

The Company entered separately with the main national operators, in this first phase of the partnership, into a contract for the wiring of the 10 municipalities mentioned above. Under the existing agreements, clients will be activated on the network that the new company will set up, guaranteeing coverage of at least 80% of properties in each municipality, with the timing indicated in the roll-out plan. The Company will also ensure the management and maintenance of the new infrastructure. Additional agreements with other operators are being finalised.

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