The launch of the “Minor Islands Connection” Plan is set to revolutionize connectivity on smaller islands and bring modern digital services to businesses, citizens, and local governments. The event was held on the Teliri cable-laying ship in Palermo and saw the attendance of institutional actors, media representatives, and Elettra Tlc officials.
The undersecretary of the Prime Minister responsible for Innovation, Alessio Butti, emphasized the importance of connecting smaller islands with ultra-fast networks as a crucial investment in their economic development. Similarly, Alfredo Maria Becchetti, President of Infratel Italia, highlighted the significance of providing adequate connectivity to these islands and bridging the infrastructure gap.
Elettra Tlc expressed pride in contributing to the strengthening of the economy of the Minor Islands and improving the daily lives of residents through its installation of optical connections for the Plan. Funded by over 45 million euros from Pnrr and promoted by the Department of Digital Transformation, this initiative aims to provide adequate connectivity to 21 smaller islands primarily in Sicily.
By laying submarine and terrestrial optical cables, this Plan intends to enable modern digital services such as ultra-broadband services, mobile connectivity services, and even potential 5G technology on these 21 smaller islands. Of these islands affected by this plan, 62% are located in Sicily.