The “Minor Islands Connection” Plan, launched in Palermo on the Teliri cable-laying ship, aims to bring ultra-fast connectivity to smaller islands. This will enable businesses, citizens and local governments to access modern digital services. The event was attended by institutional actors, media and representatives from Elettra Tlc.
Alessio Butti, the undersecretary of the Prime Minister responsible for Innovation, emphasized the importance of connecting smaller islands with high-speed networks as an investment in their economic development. Alfredo Maria Becchetti, president of Infratel Italia also highlighted the significance of providing adequate connectivity to these islands and closing the infrastructure gap.
Elettra Tlc expressed pride in contributing to the strengthening of the economy of these islands and improving the daily lives of residents through this plan. Funded and promoted by the Department of Digital Transformation with an investment of over 45 million euros from Pnrr, this plan aims to provide adequate connectivity to 21 smaller islands primarily in Sicily.
The plan includes laying submarine and terrestrial optical cables that will enable modern digital services such as ultra-broadband services, mobile connectivity services and potential services based on 5G technology on these islands. Sixty-two percent (62%) of these islands are located in Sicily.