Italy's telecom regulator sets wholesale FTTX infrastructure rates

AgCom, Italy's telecom regulator, on Monday revealed the prices for wholesale access to Telecom Italia's (NYSE: TI) passive FTTX network infrastructure (i.e., ducts and manholes) and active infrastructure (i.e., bitstream NGA and Vula).

Competitive service providers such as FastWeb and Wind will use this network infrastructure to provide two main service types: up to 30 Mbps on the Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC) network and up to 100 Mbps on the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network.

Telecom Italia proposed €31.01 ($40.41)  per month for FTTC, but AgCom reduced that fee to €21.51 ($28.03) per month to carry broadband data and VoIP services, while FTTH fees were cut from €38 ($49.52) per month for 100/10 Mbps wholesale bandwidth to €24.90 ($32.44) a month.

Both of the new prices are lower than the €24.09 ($31.39) and €28 ($36.48) proposed prices published for public consultation.

Telecom Italia has set an ambitious timeline for its FTTC and FTTH networks. Last December it announced that by the end of 2014 it will cover 6 million people, or 25 percent of Italy's population, with FTTC. The service provider is building out the FTTC network with FastWeb.

On the FTTH end, the service provider plans to provide up to 100 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth to 50 percent of the country's population (138 cities) by 2018.

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