It’s part of a European wide plan that will use the band width economy of the next generation TV transmission standard to create space for 5G mobile communications.
Italy’s communications authority Agcom has been tasked with overseeing the transition that will begin on March 31, 2018, when it will set out the rules for allocating the frequencies.
Then on September 30, 2017, the ministry for economic development will allocate the frequencies bands that will be in use from July 1, 2018.
A transitional period will run from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022, though the precise details are yet to be worked out.
A find of €100 million will be made available to assist families with the transition.