WIND (Italy)

Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA is an Italian telecommunications company based in Rome. WIND offers fixed, mobile, Internet and cable TV services through IPTV.

Market position

Wind is 22.6 % percent of mobile customers the third largest mobile operator in Italy. (2011 ) Wind is the second largest fixed line operator in Italy.

In the area of ​​fixed telephony and broadband Internet is the Infostrada brand for individuals and small businesses and the brand wind for medium and large companies.


In December 1997, the Wind Telecomunicazioni by the Italian utility ENEL (51 percent ) and 49 percent of France Telecom and German Telekom is founded. In December 1998, fixed-line telephony for businesses angeboten.Im 1999 coming mobile services, Internet services and the portal added inwind. Wind Telecomunicazioni had more than two million customers at the end of 1999.

In July 2000 the German Telekom sold 18.9 percent of France Telecom and 5.6 percent to Enel .. In October 2000, Infostrada is adopted. Then ENEL holds 73.4 percent and 26.6 percent of France Telecom shares. In January 2001, wind receives one of five UMTS licenses in Italy.

In March 2003, ENEL acquires the remaining 26.6 percent of the shares of France Telecom and is the sole shareholder.

Wind Telecomunicazioni has mid-2003 more than 30 million customers in the fixed -line, mobile and internet area. In 2004, Delta SpA is an important Italian system provider accepted.

In June 2003, wind is an agreement with NTT DoCoMo i-mode exclusive provider for four years. In addition, wind is the main sponsor of the Italian division club AS Roma.

Acquisition by Weather Investments

In March 2005, the Italian utility ENEL announced its intention to sell a share of 62.7 percent of the Wind Telecomunicazioni for 2,986 million euros to the company Weather Investments. The acquisition will be completed on 11 August 2005.

In February 2006, a further 6.3 percent of Enel be transferred to Weather Investments. End of November 2006 will be transferred to Weather Investments, the remaining 26.1 percent to 1,960 billion euros of Enel.

Weather Investments is owned 50 percent plus one share of Orascom Telecom Holding ( OTH) of the Egyptian Naguib Sawiris businessman.

Network infrastructure

Wind operates an approximately 21,645 km long fiber backbone network and about 4.825km long optical fiber network ( MAN). It operated approximately 12,276 UMTS base stations and approximately 13,855 GSM / GPRS base stations. In a GSM network, and 99.84 percent in the UMTS network 95.71 percent of the population are supplied in Italy. 462 Roming partners direct access cover ( ULL and Virtual ULL ) 1,457 locations in 60 percent of the population. Currently LTE base stations in Milan, Rome, Venice, Bologna and Catania are operated. Only Rome, Milan, Bologna, Venice and Catania at the moment are supplied with LTE. Wind will also improve LTE coverage in the future.

Customer numbers

Wind Telecomunicazioni had (deadline September 30, 2013)

  • 22.4 million mobile customers
  • 2.62 million fixed line customers
  • 1.77 million direct customers
  • 1.9 million Internet customers

The portal Libero has about 30 million customers.