Broadband, Ultra Broadband and VHCN projects

CUSTOMER: Fibercop, Open Fiber, Tim, Infratel, Fastweb, Vodafone

Implementation of FTTC, FTTH and FWA

The Scenario

Telecommunications networks represent the nervous system of any modern country.

The economic development and competitiveness of countries cannot disregard the adoption of very high-capacity access networks (speeds of over 1GB), a necessary condition to offer citizens and businesses the full potential in terms of digital services, making everyday life better, safer and more sustainable.

The challenge

The ambitious goals of the national digital transition plans call for a comprehensive and nationwide extension of very high-capacity access network infrastructures (VHCN) by 2026.

The new VHCN networks in FTTB/FTTH and FWA technology will flank the historical copper access network, which is expected to be gradually phased out in the future.

New access infrastructures are destined to last for a long time and to realise them, implementation and design solutions aligned to the best standards are needed to be able to count on robust, resilient, easy-to-operate and future-proof networks.

To guarantee adherence to planned schedules, construction quality and cost control, it is essential to combine the re-use of existing infrastructures, both underground and overhead, the use of modern installation techniques with a low environmental impact (such as new mini-trenching and no-dig solutions) and the ability to coordinate and manage complex, dynamic projects distributed over extensive territories.

The solution

Sirti has contributed to the development of implementation techniques for Ultra Broadband
Networks and solutions to increase operational efficiency.

In particular, micro-trenching was defined with further reduced cross-sections, in compliance with the relevant regulations.
With leading companies in the industry, various types of backfill mortars were tested with validation of the mixing equipment, and various types of surface restoration materials were tested with the relevant installation equipment.

The new sections and the new construction process made it possible to shorten the construction and rehabilitation time of the road, as well as to reduce the amount of waste material to be disposed of in landfills, proving particularly useful in contexts such as the activation of users in white areas.

Sirti also contributed to the development of the innovative solution consisting of a multi-fibre outdoor optical cable, both cable-laid and self-supporting, with related optical accessories.

The installation solutions, identified to realise the user connection in low-density areas, were found to improve the time efficiency of Delivery FTTH activities in low-density areas.

In order to cope with the technological evolution of the new optical fibre networks, in addition to an increase in highly specialised operational staff with the recruitment of experienced senior figures, Sirti has implemented a massive staff upgrading and retraining plan through the Nuove Competenze (New Skills) Training Plan, which in 2021 alone provided as many as 610,000 hours of training involving over 2,500 company resources.

Finally, the nationwide presence in Italy was further strengthened by reaching more than 40 operational locations and opening new warehouses and offices.

FTTH Project – A&B Areas:Customer Open Fiber

FTTH project – C&D areas: Customer Open Fiber

FTTH Access Network – Fibercop: Customer TIM

TECH TOUCH POINTS

  • FTTH
  • FWA
  • FTTC
  • Accesso
  • FTTx
  • BUL