MILAN, May 2 (Reuters) - Italian broadband infrastructure group Open Fiber is set to sign a commercial deal with phone group Fastweb to extend a network access agreement to 80 Italian cities, a source said on Thursday.
The agreement will involve big cities not already covered by Fastweb as well as so-called uneconomic areas where Open Fiber, jointly controlled by state lender CDP and utility Enel, is rolling out a fiber network through state tenders.
Fastweb, controlled by Swisscom, already has an agreement with Open Fiber for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection access for the city of Milan.
Fastweb owns 20 percent of Flash Fiber, a joint venture with Telecom Italia to build FTTH broadband infrastructure in the main Italian cities. (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; editing by Francesca Landini)