Fastweb is one of the main telecommunications operators in Italy, with one of the most extensive full IP next-generation fibre-optic networks in Italy. Since it was founded in 1999, the company has invested more than nine billion euros in its landline network infrastructure as a factor to enable it to provide converging ultra-broadband services that are characterised by speed, quality and reliability.
Fastweb network infrastructure is 46,600 kilometers long and stretches throughout the country with metropolitan fiber-optic infrastructures (MAN) in more than 1000 cities. Since the year of its foundation in 1999, the company has laid down over 4 million kilometers of fiber optic, investing more than 9 billion euros.
Fastweb fiber-optic network is widely distributed throughout Italy and currently reaches around 8 million homes and businesses with Fiber-to- the-Home or Fiber-to- the-Cabinet technology. By 2020, with its ultra broadband network, Fastweb will reach 13 million homes (in other words 50% of the population of Italy), five million of which with FttH technology and a speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second and eight million with FttCab technology and a speed of up to 200 Megabits per second.
Fastweb reaches 2.8 million homes and businesses in 12 cities directly with its FttH technology network, which allows connections of up to 1 Giga in download and 200 Megabytes in upload.
The cities reached directly with FttH technology are Milan, Rome, Naples, Turin, Genoa, Bologna and Bari while Perugia, Palermo, Catania, Venice and Padua were reached in 2017 by the network created by Flash Fiber, the joint venture between Fastweb and TIM, set up in August 2016 with an aim to bring fiber optic to homes in 29 cities. Three million new FttH connections will be created by 2020 by Flash Fibre, for a total coverage of 5 million households and businesses.
In 2018 1 Gigabyte connections will be available in 18 new Italian cities that will be reached in FttH by Flash Fiber.
In addition, Fastweb has a fiber-optic infrastructure in over 1,100 Italian municipalities which offers next-generation connectivity and value-added services with dedicated connections at very high transmission speed to business and public administrations.
Fastweb reaches 5.2 million homes and businesses with its FttCab infrastructure in 130 cities, with connections up to 200 Megabits per second. New cities will be covered in 2018, thanks to the investments for the expansion of the network.
The commitment of Fastweb to further extend the fiber optic coverage is continuous. The service is now available in 13 million homes and businesses in 1,000 cities, 8 million of which reached with the proprietary network.
With its fiber-optic network, Fastweb connects more than 2,000 telephone exchanges spread across the country, reaching more than 70% of the population and thus offering homes and businesses quality connections up 20 Megabits.
At the beginning of 2017, Fastweb completed the transition to Full Mobile Virtual Network Operator (Full MVNO) by means of an agreement with Tim to guarantees greater quality, broader network coverage and access to cutting-edge 4G and 4G Plus services for its customers.
With the new 4G Fastweb SIM, Fastweb provides a mobile network coverage among the best in Italy. It is possible to navigate in 4G with speeds up to 150 Megabit per second in download and 50 Mbps in upload in 7,276 Italian cities, reaching about 98% of the population. Moreover, in 1,342 Municipalities, of which 119 are large cities, it is already possible to surf in 4GPlus with speeds up to 225 Mbps in download. The 4GPlus coverage up to 300 Mega is available in 95 municipalities, of which 17 large cities.
Fastweb’s mobile service allows to watch HD video streaming, download and share even faster videos, photos and multimedia contents on social networks and try a unique navigation experience.
Thanks to the agreements for frequencies signed in December 2016 and the end-to-end fibre optic network infrastructure all along Italy, Fastweb already has all the strategic assets necessary to play a leading role in 5G.
Furthermore, Fastweb is one of the top operators that will perform 5G trials in Europe, with the project implemented with TIM and Huawei. The three companies, grouped as a consortium, won the Mise call for tender for the trial of the new technology in the cities of Bari and Matera. This will allow individuals and companies to benefit - by 2019 - from innovative services in sectors like healthcare, industry 4.0, tourism, culture, automotive and road safety.
Last July, in addition, Fastweb signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rome City Council to define trial projects based on 5G and Wi-Fi technologies, supporting the development of digital apps for the Smart City and the Internet of Things, to be implemented in certain areas of the municipal territory by 2020.