INWIT: the development of digital infrastructures as accelerators of inclusion
Also this year, INWIT will contribute to the 4W4I event with the webinar ‘Connecting to include: digital infrastructures at the service of citizens and territories’.
4 Weeks 4 Inclusion is the largest inter-company marathon dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Started on 14 November, it will see 250 partners including companies, universities, associations and non-profit organisations interface with each other through events and webinars, to show how inclusion and diversity can become a strategic factor for business and an added value for all.
The digital divide in recent years is one of the major causes of the socio-economic and cultural divide. There is therefore a strong need to build a more inclusive and sustainable digital society, guaranteeing access to as many people as possible. The development of digital infrastructures throughout the country will make it possible, on the one hand, to bridge the digital divide, bringing adequate connectivity even to inland and remote areas of the country and, at the same time, to enable the use of emerging technologies (such as the IoT) that will make it possible to transform our cities into smart cities in which advanced services, sustainable management of resources and attention to the needs of citizens will be the cornerstones of a new model of urban development. It is precisely with a view to supporting the development of a ‘Smart Italy’ that the process of evolving our towers into ‘Tower-as-a-service’ is taking place: an increasingly intelligent and sustainable infrastructure, capable of both accelerating the spread of ultra-fast networks and becoming a technology centre – in which IoT components and communication systems merge – capable of enabling innovative services with decisive impacts in every sector.
INWIT, on 28 November at 15:00, will be a partner of the 4W4I event with the webinar ‘Connecting to include: digital infrastructures at the service of citizens and territories’.
INWIT, contributes to closing the digital divide thanks to its more than 23,000 towers, capillarily spread throughout the territory (one tower every three kilometres) and more than 6,900 microcells, supporting telecommunications operators with infrastructures capable of offering state-of-the-art connectivity and services, which are indispensable for bridging the digital divide in our country and leaving no one behind.
For us, the commitment on the digital divide is central and also a fundamental part of the ‘S – Social’ declination of ESG, to which we have also devoted great importance in our Sustainability Plan. The paradigm shift must take place according to an idea of equity of opportunity, putting technology at the service of inclusive sustainability. Reducing the digital divide creates the conditions for equality and equal opportunities.
In fact, as emerged from our recent market survey, conducted in collaboration with the Piepoli Institute, the Italian population attributes a high level of importance to the activities promoted by INWIT: monitoring of the territory (89%) and the motorway network (85%), followed by the deployment of wireless networks (85%) and the development of Smart Cities (83%).
On the company’s internal front, a D&I team was set up with the aim of fostering people’s well-being and development. An initial target achieved was the definition and approval by the Board of Directors of an ad hoc D&I Policy.
The company is also one of the signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, promoted by the Global Compact and UN Women to support companies in promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and communities. Our commitment has also been recognised by our inclusion in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) 2022, which measures gender equality, diversity and inclusion in companies.