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FiberCop and TLC Telecomunicazioni sign co-investment agreement to speed up fibre roll-out in the country

FiberCop and TLC Telecomunicazioni, telecommunications operator active throughout Italy, have signed an agreement to develop the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) access market through TLC Telecomunicazioni’s involvement in the FiberCop network co-investment project.

Under this agreement, TLC Telecomunicazioni will use the fibre optic secondary access network up to FiberCop’s homes to develop the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) access market in 7 municipalities in Lazio, Apulia and Campania. The municipalities covered by the agreement are: Formia, Gaeta, Castellaneta, Bellona, Pietramelara, Sparanise e San Salvatore Telesino.

TLC Telecomunicazioni’s endorsement of the co-investment offer, further confirms the soundness of FiberCop’s investment plan, which will ensure FTTH coverage for 60% of households in Italy by 2026.

The agreement reached confirms the effectiveness of the co-investment model, which allows all interested operators to participate in the deployment of optical fibre in Italy in an infrastructure competition framework. Moreover, it speeds up the process of overcoming the digital divide in the country and makes ultrabroadband connections with speeds of over 1 Gigabit per second available to households and businesses.


The operator TLC Telecomunicazioni has been in business since 2005 and has become a point of reference in many contexts, above all in business. It operates throughout the country with the aim of offering its customers a technologically advanced service, with excellent quality standards. It is specialised in the supply of fibre optic internet access services dedicated to projects even in difficult situations, advanced backup services with IP continuity and unified communication services.

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Massimo Sarmi

President

Massimo Sarmi since November 2020 is President of FiberCop, a company controlled by TIM and created to innovate the network infrastructure and to ensure the acceleration of the digitalization process in Italy.

A business executive with significant professional experience, he boasts a curriculum full of top positions and results that have contributed to the development of the country.

Until April 2015 he was Chairman of Banca del Mezzogiorno as well as, until April 2016 Managing Director of the freeway concessionaire Milano Serravalle- Milano Tangenziali and Chairman of the freeway concessionaire Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda S.p.A.
In 2013, he was appointed by Confindustria as delegate for the diffusion of advanced digital services.

From 2002 to 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Poste Italiane Group. At the helm of the Group, Sarmi has developed a strategy of strengthening the network of post offices, technological innovation, expansion of the range of services and entry into new business sectors, achieving significant financial results, with budgets with increasing profits. In 2010 he is also appointed President of the Global Cyber Security Center Foundation, an international organization for study and research for the security of digital communications established in Rome on the initiative of Poste Italiane.

In 2000 he was appointed Managing Director and General Manager of Siemens Italia.

In 1998, he was appointed General Manager of Telecom Italia.
In 1995 he was the first General Manager of TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), the company born from the spin-off of the mobile radio division from Telecom Italia where Sarmi worked since 1986 covering roles of increasing complexity contributing to the development of innovative mobile and fixed telephony services.

He began his career as an officer in the Italian Air Force and then worked as an engineer. Sarmi’s commitments are numerous, including as a lecturer at La Sapienza University and LUISS University in Rome.

He has also been awarded the honours of “Cavaliere del Lavoro”, “Cavaliere della Gran Croce della Repubblica Italiana”, “Commendatore dell’Ordine di San Gregorio Magno”, “Grande Ufficiale dello SMOM” and “Commendatore dell’Ordine del Santo Sepolcro”.