Development of the fibre optic network
In 2018, an upgrade of network performance was completed with FTTN (fiber to the Node) technology up to 200 Megabits per second and FTTH up to 1 Gbps, with a target of reaching 50% of the population by 2020.
Mobile service and WOW FI
Fastweb provides a cutting-edge mobile service based on 4G and 4G Plus technology, which will be upgraded, starting with the big cities, owing to the creation of a new 5G infrastructure with small cell technology. For customers who connect when they are away from home, Fastweb has launched WOW FI, an innovative widespread Wi-Fi solution, in which each modem becomes an Internet access point at the disposal of the customer community. WOW FI is available in all cities where Fastweb services are available.
Fastweb is one of the pioneers of 5G in Italy: in 2017, the "Bari Matera" trial was launched, together with TIM and Huawei as part of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development tender. Fastweb has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rome City Council and the Genoa City Council to develop projects based on 5G and wi-fi technologies in certain areas of these cities.
Fastweb Digital Academy
Fastweb Digital Academy (FDA) is the school for the new digital professions. Founded in Milan as part of Cariplo Factory, the school is financed by Fastweb together with the Fondazione Cariplo and is currently operating in Bari, Palermo and Pescara. The aim of the FDA is to speed up the process of young people entering the job market by means of specialist training courses on new digital skills. There are four subject areas: Digital Design & Making, Digital Development, Digital Marketing & Communication and Digital Soft Skills. Fastweb Digital Academy courses are free and target young adults. They are held by specialists and professionals in the specific sectors. Since 2018, the FDA has also been providing a section dedicated to SMEs, to pass on and develop digital skills in Italian companies.
Fastweb launches a special edition of Fastweb4School in order to promote innovation among school classes. The goal of this initiative is to stimulate the realization of digital projects in Secondary Schools and to contribute to the growth of digital skills among students. For every School Institute that will collect at least 50% of money through crowdfunding for their initiative, Fastweb will provide the remaining 50% up to maximum of 2.500 euros for each initiative. Funding is non-repayable and ownership of the realization of the idea will remain to the educational institution that proposed it.
Digital IQ is a tool for the assessment of digital skills and expertise developed in association with Milan-Bicocca University and a group of psychologists and psychometrists. The aim is to give people a self-assessment tool and suggest areas for improvement in digital skills and expertise. From a theoretical perspective, Digital IQ is linked to the most widespread frameworks, particularly DIGCOMP 2.0. It assesses skill sets relating to the following areas: Information, Communication and Teamwork, Creation of Digital Contents, Security and Problem Solving. This last area has been extended in relation to the requirements of the DIGCOMP 2.0 framework and renamed “Digital Wellbeing”. The test is divided into blocks that may be taken all together or separately, at different times, and provides a certificate of the person's digital profile, which may be downloaded in PDF and shared on the social media. Since 2018, the Digital IQ tool is also available to companies who wish to get an overview of the digital skills of their employees.