AGCOM, broadband: over 1 million FTTH

There optic fiber, the real one with technology FTTH, fly to Italy. According to the last Communications Observatory dell 'AGCOM, the FTTH lines have passed the historic milestone of 1 million accesses. A possible result thanks to the huge investments of reality like Open Fiber, TIM, Fastweb and all the top players who are wiring Italy with their fiber optic networks. Entering the other details of the Observatory, at the end of June the total accesses of the fixed network fell by around 260 thousand compared to the previous quarter.

With regard to Internet access technology, the Observatory shows a clear change in the technologies used: if in June 2015 more than 92% of accesses to the fixed network were in copper, after four years these fell to less than 52%, equal to to a decrease of over 8.4 million lines. At the same time accesses have grown through qualitatively better technologies, in particular the accesses through the FTTC (+6.52 million units), the FTTH (+720 thousand) and the FWA (+ 690 thousand). It follows that, today, the weight of the xDSL lines does not even reach 45% of the total.

This figure is also reflected in performance. Today, lines with speeds below 10 Mbps are only 22% of the total, compared to over 70% in June 2015. Parallel to the descent of the xDSL lines, the weight of lines with a speed equal to or greater than 30 Mbps has passed since 5.6 to 50.3%. In this scenario, TIM dominates with 43.6%, followed by Vodafone (16.8%), and Wind Tre and Fastweb (14.8% and 13.5% respectively).

AGCOM's latest Communications Observatory also addresses the topic of mobile phone. The analysis shows on an annual basis an overall increase of 3 million SIM due mainly to the growth of M2M SIMs (+4.3 million units), while those "only voice" and "voice + data" (human) have been reduced of 1.3 million units. TIM confirms itself as market leader but if only SIMs “only voice” and “voice + data” are considered, Wind Tre, despite a decline, remains the main operator with 31.5%.

As far as Iliad is concerned, considering the "human" SIM only, it has 4.7% of the market. Instead, the fly continues mobile broadband.

In the first quarter of the year just under 70% of the "human" lines carried out data traffic, with an average unitary data consumption estimated at 5.8 GB / month, up 59% compared to June 2018.

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