At the end of 2018, the total access of the fixed network in Italy decreased by about 180,000 units compared to the previous quarter. And 350 thousand units compared to December 2017. The data of the Observatory on Communications, released by Agcom, Authority for Guarantees in Communications, reveal this.

However, the data highlight, Agcom stresses, profound changes in the composition of the technologies used for the provision of the service. At the end of December 2014, almost 94% of the fixed network access was made of copper. After four years, these fell to 58%, or a decline of 7.5 million lines.

In the same period (December 2014/December 2018) access to other technologies has increased. In particular, those in FTTC technology (+5.9 million units), FTTH (+540 thousand) and FWA (+700 thousand).

This dynamic, Agcom stresses, is reflected in an increase in network performance in terms of connection speed. The lines with speeds below 10 Mbit/s, in fact, represent in December 2018 less than 25% of the broadband and ultrabroadband lines, compared to 75% of December 2014. In the same period, the weight of lines with speeds equal to or greater than 30 Mbit/s increased from 3.7 to 45.1%.

The competitive framework of broadband and ultrabroadband access sees Tim as the leading operator with 43.9%. It is followed by Vodafone (15.8%) and Fastweb and Wind Tre with quotas ranging from 14 to 15%.

The mobile landscape, photographed by Agcom

On an annual basis, Agcom has increased its mobile network by 3.5 million sim. This increase is due to the growth of the M2M sim, climbing by 4.8 million units. While those

Tim confirmed market leader (30.7%), followed by Wind Tre and Vodafone with a similar share of 29.2%. The new Iliad entrant, in the first six months of activity, conquers 2.7% of the market.

However, if only sim \\human, excluding M2M, is considered, the new operator reaches 3.4%. While Wind Tre, despite a drop of 2.5 percentage points on an annual basis, remains the main operator with 32.8%.

The growth of broadband is continuing at a sustained pace. In the last quarter of 2018 just under 70% of the With an average unit consumption of data estimated at 4.27 GB/month, up 55.6% compared to December 2017.

How Italians Use the Internet

As for the use of the Internet, in December 2018, 42.5 million average daily users connected to the network. For a total of 75 hours of monthly navigation per person.

The audience of the main social networks continues to grow. Facebook, with 34.8 million unique users, confirms the most popular social media, followed by Instagram and Linkedin.

Moving on to the examination of socio-demographic profiles, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat are characterized by a greater appreciation by a younger audience. All social networks are followed more intensively than the average by an audience with at least one high school degree.

The full report of the Observatory on Communications No. 1/0119, with all data and also for publishing, TV and postal sector, can be found on the Agcom website, at this link.

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