Iliad enters in fibre deal with Fastweb to expand broadband offer in Italy

FILE PHOTO: RJ45 cables are pictured inside the data centre operated by French telecoms operator Iliad in Paris, France, March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Iliad has signed a deal with rival broadband operator Fastweb to extend its fibre offer in Italy as the French telecoms group taps into greater demand for ultra-fast connectivity, the companies said on Thursday.

Under the agreement, Fastweb, which is the Italian business of Swisscom, will offer access to its ultra-fast fibre network across Italy, enabling Iliad to cover more than 10 million households by early next year.

Iliad entered the Italian fixed-line broadband market in January after shaking up the country's mobile market with its low-cost offer in 2018.

The group, owned by French billionaire Xavier Niel, previously signed similar fibre deals with Telecom Italia and Open Fiber.

(Reporting by Alvise Armellini, Elvira Pollina; Editing by Keith Weir)

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