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In­no­va­tive so­lu­tions

Fastweb, the largest al­ter­na­tive wire­line op­er­a­tor in Italy, is see­ing a con­tin­ued in­crease in both cus­tomers and rev­enues year-on-year. Through its growth and its ro­bust, ex­ten­sive net­work, the com­pany is in a strong po­si­tion to fully par­tic­i­pate in Italy’s ul­tra-broad­band rev­o­lu­tion aimed at bring­ing high­ca­pac­ity con­nec­tions to the whole coun­try.

Pi­etro Pelizza, head of sales for Fastweb’s whole­sale divi­sion, ex­plains how the com­pany can both sup­port this trans­for­ma­tion and aid in­ter­na­tional whole­sale cus­tomers as it boosts its net­work.


What part will Fastweb play in Italy’s ex­pan­sion plan for ultrafast broad­band?

In­no­va­tion and agility have been part of Fastweb’s DNA since the com­pany was founded in 1999. It was the first op­er­a­tor in Italy to launch a fi­bre-op­tic net­work and, shortly af­ter­wards, the first in Europe to launch IPTV. The com­pany now aims to of­fer the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of broad­band ser­vices to all of its cus­tomers.

Fastweb’s net­work, which to­day spans more than 40,000km, is con­stantly evolv­ing in terms of both geo­graphic ex­pan­sion and use of the most state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies, such as VDSL and fi­bre-to-the-cabi­net (FTTC).

Fastweb also re­cently en­tered into a strate­gic part­ner­ship with Ital­ian in­cum­bent Telecom Italia that aims to ac­cel­er­ate fi­breto-the-home (FTTH) cov­er­age. The two com­pa­nies plan to in­vest a to­tal of €1.2 bil­lion in con­nect­ing three mil­lion homes and busi­ness premises in 29 ma­jor cities al­ready cov­ered with FTTC by 2020. This will help in­crease the cov­er­age of Fastweb’s own FTTH net­work from two mil­lion res­i­den­tial and busi­ness premises now to five mil­lion by the end of the decade.

How does the com­pany’s whole­sale divi­sion aid in­ter­na­tional play­ers?

The whole­sale divi­sion of Fastweb has worked for many years with lead­ing in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tors to help them pro­vide a full range of ser­vices. These in­clude fi­bre-op­tic in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port ser­vices, layer 2 ac­cess ser­vices based on both a ded­i­cated and shared net­work, and layer 3 ap­pli­ca­tions such as di­rect in­ter­net ac­cess and net­work-to-net­work in­ter­face (NNI) ser­vices de­liv­ered at ma­jor in­ter­na­tional hubs in Europe.

Fastweb also places a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus on cloud of­fer­ings, and its net­work reaches all ma­jor data cen­tres in the coun­try, as well as key Euro­pean in­ter­net ex­change points. In ad­di­tion, Fastweb was ahead of the game in open­ing a Tier IV data cen­tre – cer­ti­fied by Up­time In­sti­tute – in Mi­lan last year.

The com­pany aims to en­sure both a broad pres­ence across Italy and high-qual­ity con­nec­tiv­ity, re­spond­ing to op­er­a­tors’ ever-in­creas­ing de­mand for band­width. For this rea­son, Fastweb is also en­hanc­ing its back­bone net­work and de­vel­op­ing a new op­ti­cal trans­port net­work (OTN) that pro­vides a higher level of per­for­mance in terms of ca­pac­ity, la­tency, re­silience and restora­tion.

What other projects has Fastweb un­der­taken at an in­ter­na­tional level?

Fastweb is strongly com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing back­haul ser­vices from land­ing sta­tions in Si­cily and Apu­lia to the main Euro­pean hubs.

Over the next few months, two new ca­bles (AAE-1 and SEA-ME-WE-5) will land in south­ern Italy. With this in mind, Fastweb joined the Open Hub Med con­sor­tium ear­lier this year, which aims to de­velop an al­ter­na­tive and neu­tral ex­change hub in Si­cily to at­tract con­tent providers closer to the end user in the Mediter­ranean Basin, Africa and the Mid­dle East, im­prov­ing per­for­mance and the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

With a fi­bre-op­tic back­bone that stretches through Italy to Mi­lan and on to ma­jor hubs in Europe, Fastweb is ide­ally placed to help Italy act as a Mediter­ranean hub and aid the surge in traf­fic be­tween re­gions.

What types of op­er­a­tor are Fastweb’s ser­vices geared to­wards?

Fastweb’s whole­sale divi­sion aims to be a one-stop shop for tele­coms op­er­a­tors. In re­cent years, we have de­vel­oped ser­vices and tools ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the needs of di­verse play­ers in the mar­ket, rang­ing from small lo­cal op­er­a­tors that mainly fo­cus on off-the-shelf, highly au­to­mated so­lu­tions, to in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tors that need com­plex so­lu­tions with a large amount of cus­tomi­sa­tion and man­age­ment.

We of­fer all those who use our ser­vices au­to­mated man­age­ment of the whole prod­uct life cy­cle, from or­der sub­mis­sion to pro­vi­sion­ing and as­sur­ance. Our cus­tomers have full free­dom to man­age the prod­ucts we pro­vide them with, and can cap­i­talise on the speed guar­an­teed by au­to­ma­tion and APIS. But what­ever ser­vices they choose, we are al­ways on hand to sup­port our cus­tomers’ needs.

Pi­etro Pelizza: Fastweb’s whole­sale divi­sion aims to be a on­estop shop for tele­coms op­er­a­tors

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