The direct intervention in the white areas of market failure is aimed at encouraging investments for the spread of passive infrastructures enabling a next generation network access service (NGA or Next Generation Access) in white areas of the national territory (grouped in cluster C and D) only, demonstrating the lack of investment by operators, with private capital and lack of interest in investing in the next three years.
In particular:

  • in the white areas grouped in cluster C, implementation of infrastructure that can support connectivity services will take place, guaranteeing a stable, continuous and predictable speed of connection higher than 100 Mbit/s downstream and at least 50 Mbit/s to every customer in 70% of REUs; a connection speed of at least 30 Mbit/s downstream and at least 15 Mbit/s upstream wil be guaranteed to each customer in the 30% of the remaining REUs
  • in the white areas grouped in cluster D, infrastructure that can support connectivity services will be implemented, guaranteeing a stable, continuous and predictable connection speed of at least 30 Mbit/s downstream and at least 15 Mbit/s upstream to each customer in all REUs.
    Projects funded through the direct intervention constitute a national aid framework scheme, under which the public funds earmarked for the financing of investments in the white areas are established by the structural funds, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Agricultural Fund for rural development (EAFRD) and the Development and Cohesion Fund (DCF).