November 30, 2023 1:29 am

The launch of the “Minor Islands Connection” Plan marks a significant step towards providing ultra-fast connectivity on smaller islands and enabling modern digital services for businesses, citizens, and local governments. The event took place on the Teliri cable-laying ship in Palermo and was attended by institutional actors, media, and representatives from Elettra Tlc.

Alessio Butti, the undersecretary of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Innovation, highlighted the importance of connecting smaller islands with ultra-fast networks as an investment in their economic development. Alfredo Maria Becchetti, President of Infratel Italia, also emphasized the significance of providing adequate connectivity to these islands and bridging the infrastructure gap.

Elettra Tlc expressed pride in contributing to the strengthening of the economy of these islands and improving the daily lives of residents through their installation of optical connections for the Plan. Financed and promoted by the Department of Digital Transformation with an investment of over 45 million euros from Pnrr, this Plan aims to provide adequate connectivity to 21 smaller islands primarily in Sicily.

By laying submarine and terrestrial optical cables, this Plan enables modern digital services such as ultra-broadband services, mobile connectivity services, and potential services based on 5G technology on these islands. The 62% affected by this plan are situated in Sicily while others are located in regions such as Lazio, Puglia, Tuscany and Sardinia.

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