Alcatel-Lucent has provided TIM (Telecom Italia Group's unique brand) with a microwave link that will ensure continuous ultra-broadband connectivity between the Sicilian islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa.

With many natural and historic landmarks, Pantelleria and Lampedusa are popular tourist destinations. The microwave link, which has been deployed using Alcatel-Lucent’s 9500 Microwave Packet Radio platform, will strengthen the reliability of telephony and ultra-broadband access for both residents and visitors to the islands. For the project Alcatel-Lucent has deployed a 147 km high capacity (800 Mbit/s), high-availability radio link – supporting a mix of IP and legacy traffic between the two islands.

TIM is committed to serving customers with the highest quality ultra-broadband connections, and providing the best in class connectivity services in Italy, ranging from the single household to the most demanding public service applications. For this reason TIM is working with Alcatel-Lucent to leverage its leadership in backhaul technology and ensure continuous connectivity for the residents, organizations and many visitors to Lampedusa and Pantelleria.

Benedetto Di Salvo, Telecom Italia Key Account Director at Alcatel-Lucent, said, “Microwave technology can be deployed to overcome the connectivity challenges in the most complex environments. With a mix of access, backhaul and transport technology we can ensure high-quality ultra-broadband connectivity for all.”