Italy, located in south-central Europe with a population of around 60 million, has a diverse topography ranging from mountainous terrain in the north to coastal regions in the south. The population is unevenly distributed, with a higher density in the industrialised north, including regions such as Lombardy and Veneto, and major cities like Milan and Venice. The south, or the 'Mezzogiorno', is less dense, more rural and includes the island regions of Sicily and Sardinia. In terms of telecommunications, Italy is advanced, with extensive fixed-line, mobile, and broadband networks. The country has a well-developed digital terrestrial transmission network, and a growing fibre optic broadband network, driven by investments from Telecom Italia, Vodafone Italy and Wind Tre. In the renewables sector, Italy is a leader in solar energy, boasting one of the highest installed capacities in the world, and has made significant strides in wind and hydro power. Despite the mature state of these sectors, the challenging topography and population distribution present ongoing complexities for infrastructure development and technology deployment.

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Mobile Network Operators

The are 6 companies operating mobile networks in this region.

Go Internet is a telecommunications company that operates within Italy. The company was established with the aim of providing high-speed internet services to both residential and commercial entities in Italy. The company's ownership structure involves a blend of private and institutional investors, with a significant proportion of the company's shares being publicly traded on the Italian stock exchange. The company has carved out a niche for itself in the Italian telecommunications market through its commitment to providing reliable and high-speed internet services.

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Iliad Italia S.p.A. is an Italian telecommunications company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the French group, Iliad S.A. The company was established in 2016 and began operations in 2018. It is the fourth mobile operator in Italy, providing 3G, 4G and 5G network coverage. The company's network is composed of roughly 16,200 active site nodes, with a mix of owned and joint venture sites. Iliad Italia's network implementation has benefited from agreements with Wind Tre for national coverage, as well as agreements with Cellnex and INWIT for antenna installation on their towers. The company is...

Opnet is a telecommunications company operating in Italy. It was originally established as OPNET Technologies, Inc., a software business focused on providing performance management solutions for computer networks and applications. The company was founded in 1986 and later made its public debut in the year 2000. In a significant corporate event, OPNET was acquired by Riverbed Technology in October 2012. The acquisition deal was valued at approximately $1 billion US dollars.


Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A., commonly known as TIM, is an Italian telecommunications company owned by Telecom Italia S.p.A. The company was initially established as a mobile telephony company in 1995 and since 2015, it has expanded its services to include mobile, fixed telephony, and internet services. The company's inception in the Italian mobile telephony market traces back to 1990 with the launch of the TACS network by the Telecom Italia Mobile Radio Services division.

In 1995, with a partial demerger from the parent company, Telecom Italia, TIM was born. The company was 63.01%...


Vodafone Italy, legally known as Vodafone Italia S.p.A., is a subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc and operates as a telecommunications company in Italy. The company was formed through the merger of Omnitel Sistemi Radiocellulari Italiani S.p.A., founded in 1990, and Pronto Italia S.p.A. in December 1995. This merger led to the launch of a mobile telephony service, becoming the second in Italy after TIM. In 1999, the German consortium Mannesmann took over the majority stake in Omnitel, which was then acquired by Vodafone the following year through a merger. This led to the company being...


Wind Tre S.p.A. is an Italian telecommunications company that provides both mobile and fixed telephony services. The company was established on December 31, 2016, following the merger of two Italian telecommunications entities, 3 Italy and Wind Telecomunicazioni. These were previously controlled by CK Hutchison Holdings and VimpelCom respectively. On September 7, 2018, CK Hutchison Holdings became the sole shareholder of Wind Tre after acquiring the remaining 50% stake in the company from VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom.

Despite the merger, Wind Tre retained the Wind, 3 Italy, and...