Enel Open Fiber (EOF) has been selected by the Italian government body Infratel to deploy fibre-optic networks in so-called ‘white areas’ of six regions. According to a report from Corcom, EOF was ranked first in all five lots of the first call for applications for the construction of fibre infrastructure in underserved areas of Abruzzo and Molise (lot 1), Emilia Romagna (lot 2), Lombardy (lot 3), Tuscany (lot 4) and Veneto (lot 5). The combined contracts are worth around EUR1.4 billion (USD1.5 billion).
Rival operators Telecom Italia (TIM) and Fastweb had previously filed separate legal challenges to the Infratel tender, with both firms claiming that the award process was flawed. While TIM remained in the auction but was beaten by EOF, Fastweb withdrew from the running in October. If either company is successful with its legal action it could mean that the tender results will be annulled and a new process will have to be started. The government also plans to conduct tenders for rollout contracts covering Italy’s other regions.