Digital infrastructure

Emilia-Romagna is the first Italian region according to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) elaborated by Ernst&Young in 2016. The index summarizes a set of about 30 indicators grouped in five categories: connectivity, human capital, use of internet, integration of digital technologies, digital public services.
Bologna is the leading Italian city according to the Smart Cities Index 2016 (source: Ernst & Young) and also ranked at the top of the iCity Rating 2017 (source: ForumPA). These two indexes consider indicators concerning the economy, governance, broadband coverage, mobility, innovation, quality of life, green economy, etc. It’s worth highlighting that, according to the two quoted reports, the main regional towns in Emilia-Romagna rank in the top positions at national level, out of a total of more than one hundred Italian towns (see the following table).


Emilia-Romagna boasts high broadband coverage thanks to digital infrastructure that ensures high levels of connectivity throughout the entire territory. 96.2% of regional companies have a broadband connection.


Lepida Spa, the broadband network for Emilia-Romagna’s public administrations, ensures the availability of high-speed connectivity throughout the entire region, from the Adriatic to the Apennines, boosting efficient e-government services for companies. All local bodies in the region have certified e-mail (PEC). All the regional Local Councils offer at least one online interactive service. A regional interactive map of network coverage is available at the following link: (only in Italian)



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