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Enel unit teams up with Melita for Italian fibre offering

Energy company Enel Energia and Melita Italia, the Italian subsidiary of Maltese cable operator Melita, have signed a partnership to offer speed fibre internet services across Italy.

As from Thursday, with the launch of Enel in Fibra by Melita, Enel Energia’s domestic customers will be able to add FTTH services to their existing electricity and gas supply for €27 per month.

the product will provide a download connection of up to 1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 300Mbps, according to Melita.

Enel Energia is energy giant Enel’s subsidiary in the domestic Italian market, with over 12 million residential and business customers. Enel is one of the partners in the Open Fiber project alongside state financial outfit CDP. Last year, Telecom Italia signed a non-disclosure pact with the pair to begin talks on how to integrate the Telecom Italia and Open Fiber networks to create a single fibre infrastructure for Italy.

“A high-speed internet connection enables customers to fully benefit from innovations in smart home technology and the digitisation of the energy sector. Thanks to this collaboration with Melita Italia, which has significant experience in the telecommunications sector, we will provide customers with a third commodity that is becoming central to our daily lives,” said Nicola Lanzetta, Enel’s head of market Italy.

Riccardo Ruggiero, executive president of Melita Italia, said: “This is a very positive agreement for Melita, which allows us to combine our offer, exclusively in fibre internet with the light and gas services of the main Italian provider. This partnership can also be a stimulus for the further development of FTTH technology in Italy, which today is constantly growing but not yet in line with other European countries.”

Harald Roesch, CEO at Melita, said, “Melita Italia has brought a new level of innovation to the Italian broadband market, combining Gigabit broadband internet with mesh WiFi technology to ensure the best in-home experience. Our new partnership will allow us to effectively market Melita Italia products to Enel Energia’s customers in Italy.”