ROME (Reuters) – Iliad has signed a deal with rival broadband operator Fastweb to extend its fibre offer in Italy as the French telecoms group taps into greater demand for ultra-fast connectivity, the companies said on Thursday.
Under the agreement, Fastweb, which is the Italian business of Swisscom, will offer access to its ultra-fast fibre network across Italy, enabling Iliad to cover more than 10 million households by early next year.
Iliad entered the Italian fixed-line broadband market in January after shaking up the country’s mobile market with its low-cost offer in 2018.
The group, owned by French billionaire Xavier Niel, previously signed similar fibre deals with Telecom Italia and Open Fiber.
(Reporting by Alvise Armellini, Elvira Pollina; Editing by Keith Weir)