Ultra-broadband, here is Italy in 2026: Friuli Venezia Giulia first region at 1 Giga

The first region for coverage of at least 1 Gbps will be Friuli Venezia Giulia (84%) in 2026, followed by Sicily (79%), Trentino Alto Adige (78%) and Liguria (76%) mentre tr the southern regions only Puglia (72%) and Molise (71%) are above the national average (68%). Questa the map that emerged from the analysis carried out by I-Com on the basis of the mapping of the black and gray areas carried out by Infratel last summer on the basis of the construction sites in progress but above all of the investments planned by the telcos over the next 5 years. (DOWNLOAD THE I-COM STUDY HERE).

The Competitiveness Institute led by Stefano Da Empoli has analyzed with a painstaking reconnaissance all the civics indicated in the excel files attached to the Infratel reconnaissance thus elaborating the national ranking of the ultra-broadband in 2026, year in which on the basis of the 1 Giga Italia Plan carried out by the Minister of Innovation Vittorio Colao all of Italy will have to be covered by the ultra-broadband highway at very high speedto. According to the findings of I-Com in Sardinia and Abruzzo would not even cover half of the territory by 2026, and coverage between 300 Mbps and 1 Gbps would be just 2%.

“The resources are finally there, although the allocation mechanisms are still under discussion”, he stresses I-Com president Stefano da Empoli. “Net of bureaucratic times, the remaining 4 years available for infrastructure constitute a very limited time, in which the companies and human resources necessary to complete the work may not even be sufficient”. For this reason “it could be useful to provide incentive mechanisms to optimize the number of interventions and encourage the sharing of works between the various operators, as well as to evaluate appropriate corporate reskilling policies aimed at increasing the workforce engaged in these tasks”.

The spread of ultra-broadband in the provinces

The photograph taken at the provincial level shows a high diffusion (greater than 80%) of the ultra-fast network (300 Mbps) in some provinces of Lombardy and the North East. As far as coverage at maximum speed (1 Gbps) is concerned, most of the provinces of the North East present a figure of more than 80%, including Bolzano (87%), Udine (87%), Trieste (83%), Gorizia (82 %) and Treviso 81%). The major provinces include Palermo (86%), Bari (84%), Cagliari 84%), Genoa (83%) and Rome (81%). In the provinces of Oristano, Nuoro, South Sardinia, given the current photograph, the intervention will concern approximately 3 civic out of 4 while in the areas of Chieti, Vibo Valenta, Sassari, L’Aquila, Catanzaro, Teramo and Potenza the intervention will concern between 40% and 50% of the addresses.

Italy runs in the European ranking

And there is another more than interesting element to emerge this time in the context of‘Ibi (I-Com Ultrabroadband Index) has reached its 8th edition. Italy is, for the first time, above the EU average in the degree of ultra-fast broadband penetration, with almost 47% of broadband subscriptions providing a speed of at least 100 Mbps: un figure increased by over 11 percentage points (+7.2 points for the EU), an element that allowed our country to exceed the EU average by 2.2 percentage points.

The position that Italy gains in terms of demand – placing 22nd and reducing the gap with respect to the top of the ranking by 6 points – is, however, lost in terms of supply, where our country ranks 16th. , presenting a greater gap than the best European country. “This is a result mainly due to a modest increase in FTP coverage, which grew by only 4 points compared to an average increase at European level of 9%”, highlights I-Com.

With regard to 5G, Italy, despite being one of the 13 countries with positive coverage of the 5G network, remains below average, due to the presence of a few countries with very high coverage.

The “disappointment” of e-commerce

The study shows that expectations on the trend of e-commerce have actually been disregarded. Although 2020 was a year marked by lockdowns and various restrictions, only 44% of Italians have purchased goods or services on the Internet, compared to an EU average of 65%. It is no coincidence in this regard that we are third last in Europe, followed only by Romania and Bulgaria.


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