TIM-led consortium table proposal for Italian Cloud Hub

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FILE PHOTO: The Telecom Italia logo is seen at its office in the Rosano district of Milan, Italy on May 25, 2016. Reuters / Stefano Relandini / FILE PHOTO

September 28, 2021

MILAN (Reuters) – A group led by Italian telephone conglomerate Telecom Italia (TIM) has presented the government’s Ministry of Innovation with plans to build a cloud-based infrastructure for national government data.

The infrastructure, called the National Strategic Hub (NSH), is part of the Italian government’s strategy to accelerate digital transformation and ensure the security and control of national data.

TIM’s partners are state-owned creditor CDP, cyber security group Leonardo and state-owned IT company Sogei.

Cloud Hub, one of the EU-funded projects to help Italy’s economy recover from the pandemic, ensures that a bloc of 27 members will not be dependent on major foreign tech companies for cloud services. Shows Europe’s efforts to build it.

“The aim is to provide innovative services to citizens and businesses in line with the provisions of Italy’s Recovery and Resilience Plan,” said Partner.

In a national reconstruction program sent to Brussels in April to use EU funds, Rome allocated 900 million euros to it.

With this proposal, a TIM-led consortium proposed to the Italian Ministry of Innovation to enter into a public-private partnership to create a hub.

If the deal is signed, the four partners plan to set up a new company in which Telecom Italiano has a 45% stake. Leonardo and CDP account for 25% and 20% respectively, with Sogei taking care of the rest.

The government will consider the proposal within three months and, if evaluated positively, will launch an open bidding for all to award the contract.

Telecom Italia’s board of directors on Thursday drafted a nationwide cloud hub proposal, two sources close to the issue said.

(corrected paragraphs 1 and 3 to state that Telecom Italia leads the group and is a member of the CDP group)

(Reporting by Francesco Landini, Edited by Steve Orlovsky)

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