The Italian telecommunications company Telecom Italia SpA has signed an agreement with the Vatican to build a new fiber-optic network for the Holy See. The new infrastructure should replace the old one, which cannot fully meet the requirements of the digital age.
The Vatican, which does not hide its ambitions to maintain its influence on the minds of all Catholics of the world, intends to keep up with the time. Already in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said that the leadership of the Catholic Church should actively work in the Internet in order to promote their views with maximum efficiency. As a result, a significant part of the Vatican's correspondence is already conducted through the Internet.
The length of the new fiber-optic network is over 400 kilometers. It will provide access to high-speed information exchange, IP-telephony and video services.
For Telecom Italia SpA new contract means acquisition of one of the largest customers for the past few years. The agreement, which the Italian telecom operator has signed with the Vatican, is designed for 3 years with possibility of extension for the next five years. Under the agreement, Telecom Italia SpA is committed to designing, installing and configuring the new telecommunications system. In addition, Telecom Italia SpA will provide services for personnel training, maintenance projects and large-scale technical support, according to businessweek.com.
Telecom Italia SpA is an important link in the economic structure of Italy. In fact, this is the largest company in Italy in the field of telecommunications. Telecom Italia SpA includes dozens of media units, television and production across the country. In particular, the Telecom Italia SpA also includes a monopolist of cable telephony market - the company Società Italiana per l'Esercizio Telefonico.