During a recent conference, the focus was on promoting the expansion of high-speed connectivity to smaller islands and facilitating modern digital services for businesses, citizens, and local governments. The event took place aboard the Teliri cable-laying ship in Palermo and included representatives from government agencies and the media.
Undersecretary Alessio Butti highlighted the importance of ultra-fast networks in connecting island communities and their potential impact on economic development. Alfredo Maria Becchetti, president of Infratel Italia, discussed the role of digitalization in driving economic growth and improving social outcomes in island areas. Elio Rubino, general director of Elettra Tlc, emphasized his company’s commitment to contributing to the economy and daily lives of residents through the installation of optical connections.
The “Minor Islands Connection” plan is being financed and promoted by the Department of Digital Transformation with an investment of over 45 million euros from Pnrr. Infratel Italia is implementing the plan with Elettra Tlc as its successful bidder. The goal is to provide adequate connectivity to 21 smaller islands that currently suffer from a high level of digital divide. Through laying submarine and terrestrial optical cables, this initiative enables modern digital services for businesses, citizens, and local governments in these areas.
The funding will impact 21 islands across five regions: Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, Tuscany, and Sardinia. Sicily is particularly affected by this initiative as six out of ten islands included are located there. Overall, this plan aims to close infrastructure gaps and promote digital solutions throughout Italy.