Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 53 - Page 58

COUNTRY FOCUS : ITALY
Telco providers in Italy are making big moves when it comes to leading the way towards exceptional innovation throughout the country and thus , Europe . Some of the largest telco giants in Italy , including TIM and Fastweb , have achieved great success in enhancing IT connectivity capabilities .

Italy ’ s telcos responsible for breakthroughs in IT

Rialto Bridge in Venice , Italy

TIM , one of Italy ’ s largest telecommunications providers , has announced its submarine fibre-optic cables have been used for the first time in the country to detect seismic events . The fibre connection between the island Vulcano and Milazzo in Sicily has enabled the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology and the German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam to monitor the seismic activity of volcanic events in real time .

The submarine fibre-optic cables of TIM can be used by research and science thanks to the experiments conducted by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology ( INGV ) and the
German Research Centre for Geosciences ( GFZ ) Potsdam to monitor seismic events related to active volcanism .
The experiment , unique in Italy , was carried out in the Sicilian waters for around one month using the section of submarine optical fibre linking the TIM power station on Vulcano , one of the Aeolian Islands , to Milazzo in northern Sicily , which stretches over a distance of around 50 km on the seabed .
Using optical fibre as a seismic sensor makes it possible to record signals with high spatial ( around 4 metres ) and temporal resolution ( 1 kHz ).
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