Glossary

Italian telecommunications terms

If you're moving to Italy, you'll need to know some of the basic terms that providers are likely to use, as well as some Italian terminology and calling plans.

Convergenza (convergence) consists of using the same device for internet traffic, voice and data services.

Ultimo miglio (last-mile) refers to the last part of the cable connecting telephone stations to final users. The cost of the installation of these cables is very expensive, and the providers base their fee on this cost. If you live in a remote area, you may have to pay higher installation charges.

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) transmits information at high frequencies on existing phone lines. In Italy, your provider will use the English acronym, “ADSL”.
Connessioni via cavo (cable connections) transmit information over a cable television infrastructure to a modem and are the main competitor to ADSL internet services.
Dial-up uses existing copper phone lines to connect to the internet at a slower speed than ADSL. through a modem. Your internet provider will call this “dial-up” (rather than an obscure Italian term).

You may be familiar with some of the terms and packages in English. However, they may look a little different in Italian:


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