Alcatel-Lucent is enabling Fastweb, Italy’s largest alternative fixed-line telecommunications provider, to expand the availability of WOW FI, its innovative wi-fi-based ‘community’ broadband service.
Using Alcatel-Lucent’s IP service routing and Motive authentication, authorization and accounting technologies, Fastweb is providing its residential customers with ultra-broadband access even when they are travelling, by turning customer’s homes into wi-fi hotspots.
By sharing wireless home networking resources, the WOW FI service enables Fastweb customers ‘roaming’ away from home to access the Internet without either degrading the quality of broadband access within the homes providing the connectivity, or compromising the security of the homeowners’ networks.
Roberto Loiola, Senior Vice-President, South and Center Europe at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Using our IP networking product knowledge and expertise we have created a solution for FastWeb that can easily evolve to offer cloud-based services in the future. Delivering the networks that enable access everywhere and on every device is a priority for us and this innovative project is a perfect example of that work.”
Fastweb launched WOW FI with a trial last December in the cities of Monza and Livorno, and is now expanding it to Milan. It will soon be launched in Rome, Florence, Turin, Bologna, Genoa and all the other cities served by Fastweb’s network.
Mario Mella, Chief Technology Officer at Fastweb, said: “We are committed to providing high-quality and secure ultra-broadband connectivity to our customers. Therefore we are pleased to be able to work with Alcatel-Lucent and leverage their expertise to help us deliver on such an important project for Italy.”