Bridging the Digital Divide: Ultra-Broadband Connects Smaller Islands

The launch of the “Minor Islands Connection” Plan is set to revolutionize connectivity on smaller islands, providing ultra-fast networks and enabling modern digital services for businesses, citizens, and local governments. The event took place aboard the Teliri cable-laying ship in Palermo and was attended by institutional actors, media, and representatives from Elettra Tlc.

The undersecretary of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Innovation, Alessio Butti, emphasized the importance of bridging the infrastructure gap on smaller islands and how it represents an investment in their economic development. The President of Infratel Italia, Alfredo Maria Becchetti, also highlighted the significance of ensuring adequate connectivity to these islands.

Elettra Tlc expressed their pride in contributing to this project by installing optical connections for the Plan. As a result of this investment, residents on 21 smaller islands across Italy will have access to ultra-broadband services, mobile connectivity services, and potentially even services based on 5G technology. The affected islands are located in Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, Tuscany, and Sardinia with 62% being situated in Sicily.

The Department of Digital Transformation has financed and promoted the plan with an investment of over 45 million euros from Pnrr. With this newfound connectivity, businesses can expand their reach beyond their shores while citizens will be able to access more advanced services such as telemedicine or online education. Local governments will also benefit from improved communication with residents and other government agencies. Overall this plan aims to improve daily life on these smaller islands while also boosting their economies through increased connectivity options.

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