Whilst Italy was ahead of the EU averages for standard fixed broadband coverage, its NGA networks were quite far behind. In fact, the country had the lowest reported NGA coverage in any of the study countries for 2012, and no reported coverage of rural households.
The reasons for this pattern are clear from the technology profile. In 2012, Italy had above average DSL coverage (97%) and its HSPA coverage was comparable to the average within the European Union (96%). It also had one of the most expansive WiMAX networks in the study, which contributes significantly to coverage in rural areas.
In 2012 Italy launched its VDSL network, which covered nearly 5% of all households by the end of the year. But the country still had no cable, and hence no Docsis 3. Whilst Italy developed one of Europe’s first major FTTP services, other countries in the EU now have much more developed networks. Overall FTTP remained the main option for NGA services in Italy, but only 14% of households could receive such services in 2012, leaving nearly 21 million households with no access to services, and providing no coverage to the most rural areas.
LTE services also launched in 2012 and covered nearly 10% of Italian households by the end of the year.
In 2012 Italy had high and, as far as current data goes, fairly uniform standard broadband coverage. The two most densely populated regions, Milan and Naples, had 100% coverage, while the rest of the country had over 95%.
Italy’s NGA coverage mainly reflects the roll-out of its pioneering FTTP network. Milan, where it started, had over 88% coverage in 2012. VDSL services only recently launched in Rome, Torino and Naples, areas which also have quite extensive FTTP services. But ninety out of Italy’s one-hundred and ten NUTS areas had no coverage whatsoever by the end of 2012.
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