Telecom Italia has announced that the Sicilian city of Siracusa now boasts a fully operational fiber-optic and 4G network following an investment of around EUR 5 million ($5.52 million), reports Telecompaper.com on July 1, 2015. The operator used non-invasive, low-impact digging techniques to roll out around 79 km of fiber-optic cables to connect 33,000 households, about 65 percent of the population, providing customers with Internet access at speeds of 50 Mbps. Telecom Italia said it hopes to connect around 80 percent of the local population to its FTTC network by the end of 2015.
In addition, the city is one of the first in the country to be able to access the operator's LTE-A service, dubbed TIM 4G Plus. The service allows TIM customers to access the Internet on the go at speeds of 225 Mbps, around twice the highest theoretical speed available on standard 4G networks. The operator’s 4G network is now available to 99 percent of the population thanks to the installation of 14 base stations.