Compared to ADSL connectivity, which in the best cases does not allow you to go beyond 20 Mbps downstream, fiber optic allows you to make a great leap forward both in terms of bandwidth and latency.
Although from a commercial point of view it is no longer possible to use the term fiber for offers that involve the use of the FTTC architecture (Fiber-to-the-Cab; the fiber goes up to the street cabinet while the last part continues with the traditional copper telephone pair) – between stamps and proper use of the term -, this type of connections also offer performance above ADSL.
In addition to the downstream band (from 30 Mbps to 1 Gbps) the fiber connections offer much more bandwidth even in upstream compared to ADSL (from 3 Mbps to rise).
While the “alternative network” of Open Fiber is being developed (in this case we always talk about FTTH connections at 1 Gbps made available to end users by telecommunications operators with which Open Fiber has signed commercial agreements), TIM continues with the adaptation of exchanges and street cabinets.
In the past we have gradually published several tools: here we bring together those most useful to check which areas are already reached by the fiber and which will be in the future.
– Verification of TIM fibre coverage (FTTC) with the LIDO “Toscanini” portal
An excellent starting point is the TIM LIDO portal: reachable at this address, it allows you to discover – by typing your telephone number or that of a neighboring user – whether or not FTTC connectivity is available.
– Planetel: to check the TIM fibre coverage on the address
By visiting this page and entering the address of your interest you can check the actual availability of the fiber. Different colors indicate when fiber connectivity is available, unavailable or if coverage was planned.
Any reference to planning is valid for the individual street cabinet: it may happen that other cabinets are already reached by the fiber while the one on which the user is certified corresponding to the specified property unit is not yet.
The Planetel service indicates the data transfer rate that can be expected in downstream and upstream once the fiber connection is activated.
The value (usually calculated by default) is estimated by considering the distance of the user from the street cabinet and that of the street cabinet from the power plant.
From the Planetel report we recommend extrapolating, in addition to the estimated speeds, the identification of the street cabinet on which the user is certified. The code that appears after the symbol “_” next to the item “id”, corresponds to the figure on the sticker on the street cabinet.
Finally, we suggest that you also note the identification of the central unit to which you belong, which appears under the heading “central” under the heading CLLI Code.
– Fibrapp: to check coverage plans and type of network to which you are connected (elastic or rigid)
Just like the Planetel service, Fibrapp – an excellent application for Android devices – allows you to check the distance of a user from the street cabinet and the central. The search is also carried out here by address.
In contrast to Planetel, however, Fibrapp also indicates the possible planning of TIM coverage for power plants (which in this case are shown in yellow).
A little further down, in the search results screen, Fibrapp shows the identifier of the road cabinet which must correspond to the one obtained previously through a query on the Planetel service.
By touching FTTC (where available) or ADSL ETH or ADSL ETH, it is possible to know if the user corresponding to the specified address was certified on an elastic network or on a rigid network (item Connection type).
The rigid network, does not allow to reach the same performances that can be obtained with the connection to the elastic network.
In order to activate the FTTH/FTTC fibre connection, the corresponding entry must be highlighted in green.
In the case of FTTC, therefore, it is essential that the fibre has reached the street cabinet of interest.
The application also indicates whether it was possible to activate a 30, 100 or 200 Mbps FTTC connection downstream (for example, the presence of the 200M / 20M label means that a 200 Mbps link can be activated downstream and 20 Mbps upstream).
– FibraClick: information about exchanges and street cabinets reached by the optical fiber or in planning with a single click
Very similar to Fibrapp, the FibraClick web application can be used by browsers without installing anything locally: just connect to this page and enter, in the search box, the name of the municipality of interest.
For each municipality, FibraClick will offer the list of stations already reached; choosing a station you will know the covered, planned or saturated street cabinets (in red, there are no free doors or the available bandwidth is exhausted).
The dot next to the number of a cabinet indicates that, compared to the previous update of the data (usually the previous week), there has been a change.
This can mean that the cabinet is part of a new planning; that it has been reached by the fiber (activated); that the planning has been suspended or postponed; that the cabinet is saturated. By clicking on the line corresponding to the individual cabinet, FibraClick provides additional information on the change.
The data provided by the various apps are reliable because they are the result of automatic processing of the content of the updated spreadsheets published weekly by TIM at this address.
There is nothing to prevent you from consulting them manually by downloading them yourself.