Adtran discusses how Italy’s digitization investment project alongside its connectivity voucher scheme fits in with the open disaggregated model of invest-as-you-grow which will allow operators of all sizes to launch gigabit services in any part of Italy, be it rural or cities, without overinvesting.
The ultimate goal is to create an interconnected and digitized country in which private users can take advantage of essential and innovative services. Businesses can improve their sustainable productivity and have the opportunity to innovate continuously. Society itself can also benefit from tools to improve the well-being of all its components.
To achieve this vision, it’s necessary to create the conditions for adapting infrastructures throughout the national territory, promoting, in particular, the laying of fiber as close as possible to fixed and mobile users. But it’s also necessary to continuously stimulate demand for digital goods and services (market pull) among citizens and businesses.
The latest initiative of the Ministero dello Svillupo Economico (Ministry for Economic Development), managed by Infratel Italia and active since March 1 last year, fits into this context: the connectivity voucher for businesses, dedicated to encouraging the digitization of the production sector throughout the national territory.
This is an economic contribution for businesses (micro, small and medium-sized) ranging from €300 to €2,500, depending on the characteristics of the internet connection chosen. The contribution can be requested and paid directly by operators through their commercial channels. There are two essential prerequisites to be able to request it:
- The company must make a step change, that is, it must choose connectivity with higher performance than the current one
- The company must choose connectivity with the best performance available at its premises
The emphasis is therefore on connectivity performance; this becomes clearer when we look at what the value of the bonus paid depends on. Two parameters determine it: maximum download speed and minimum guaranteed bandwidth. The bonus is paid according to the scheme below.