work progress as at 30 June

Infratel Italia has published the report on the progress of the works for the construction of the fiber optic network according to the Ultra Broadband Plan for the white areas, ie the so-called market failure areas. Based on data updated as of June 30, the marketing of the service (FTTH or FWA) has started in 2,142 municipalities in total, 411 more than in December 2020. BUL plan: delays and penalties The Ultra-broadband Plan, approved by government in March 2015, provides for the construction of a fiber optic network (or FWA) in about 7,000 municipalities. Operational activity began in 2016 with the issuance of the first two calls for tenders, while the third was issued in 2018. All tenders were awarded to the Open Fiber concessionaire between June 2017 and April 2019. The report published by Infratel illustrates in detail the status of the five main operational phases: final design, executive design, execution of works, testing and start-up of services.Since the operational start-up of the BUL Plan, the connectivity service has been marketed in 2,142 municipalities (411 more than in December 2020), the FTTH municipalities positively tested are 1,183 (506 more than in December 2020), while the open construction sites are 4,593 (878 more than in December 2020). The total amount of works ordered from the concessionaire from the start of the Plan to 30 June is equal to 1,518,982,244.23 euros, of which 26,344,552.43 committed in June. As is evident from the data, after more than four years since the award of the first tender, services have only been activated in 2,142 municipalities. The greatest delay is obviously due to bureaucracy, despite the Simplifications Decree. The report also indicates the penalties paid by Open Fiber for non-compliance with the various contractual deadlines: € 8,088,500.

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