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Letta says 50% of Italy will have broadband in next 3 years

Report urges investment of EU funds to expand networks

30 January, 13:48
Letta says 50% of Italy will have broadband in next 3 years (ANSA) - Rome, January 30 - Within the coming three years, fully half of Italy will have access to broadband networks, Premier Enrico Letta said Thursday.

That statement followed a report for Letta on Italy's Digital Agenda, aimed at meeting European Union targets set for 2020.

The network development is a "priority for the government," working in cooperation with the private sector, said Letta.

The report suggested a "cautious optimism" can be justified in terms of the development and reach of broadband and ultra broadband across the country.

But the "continued strong commitment of the Italian government," is essential to ensure a strong telecommunications network, including broadband, is available.

It recommended that EU structural funds be used to ensure a network at 30 Mbps (30 megabytes per second) is achieved by 2020.

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