The EU-funded project aims to help Italy’s economy recover from the pandemic.

A consortium led by TIM (Telecom Italia) has signed an agreement with the Italian government to set up and manage cloud services for the country’s public administration, according to Reuters.

In a joint statement, TIM and its partners — cybersecurity expert Leonardo, Italian state lender CDP and state-owned IT firm Sogei — said Italy’s Innovation Ministry had granted them a 13-year concession to create the technological infrastructure known as the National Strategic Hub (NSH).

The partners also appointed Emanuele Iannetti as Chief Executive Officer of the recently incorporated company, who will be in charge of the project’s execution. Iannetti comes from Ericsson Telecomunicazioni, where he held the position of South East Mediterranean Area Manager since May 2019.

Based on an EU initiative

The cloud hub is a project funded by the European Union to help Italy’s economy recover from the COVID pandemic. It reflects European efforts to make the 27-member bloc less dependent on the cloud services of large overseas tech companies like Microsoft.

The project was conceived and developed ‘in-house’ by the Italian government and aims to accelerate digital transformation and guarantee national data security. The project will also increase reliability and provide ‘innovative services to citizens and businesses’ as required by the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) and regulatory changes in digital infrastructure.