How advanced is Italian broadband?

Broadband is now an instrument of growth for all the world’s major economies. Italy, compared to the other major European and Western countries has noted a prolonged delay that requires major economic investments to overcome. The Government has long since announced an extraordinary plan for the digitalisation of the peninsula, which has found favour with Europe. VuBlog has gathered together a collection of web content to take stock of the state of the art.

The national plan for ultra high-speed broadband

The website of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development has made available all documents relating to the national plan for ultra-high-speed broadband presented by the Renzi Cabinet. It is a complex project, the result of a rather long procedure, passed by a public and sealed consultation phase in February 2016, by a State-Region agreement. It is an ambitious plan that aims to revive Italian digitalisation, to recover lost time and bridge the gap with the world’s other major economies. The project was given the green light from the European Union, who deemed it to be coherent and effective.

The economic forces put in place amount to 4 billion Euros. Infrastructure works must allow 85% of the population to access ultra high-speed broadband. All before the 31st December 2022. A transformation already partly in place and which ICT Business attempts to clarify in an interesting article.

Bringing up the rear

On the other hand, however, the very same Europe says the starting point is not brilliant and there is much work to be done. As Il Sole 24 Ore underlines, in the last European ranking on the digital economy, Italy is bringing up the rear in 25th place. Thirty-seven per cent of the population, for example, do not regularly use the Internet and so e-business services are still not very widespread.