Relevant issues

The themes on which projects are developed are identified on the basis of the Three-Year Technological Plan, the reference document for the Group, which provides guidelines for the evolution of the network, platform and services. Published annually, following a wide-ranging process involving all the areas of the Company involved, the Plan identifies the main external factors (regulations, standards, vendors, other market operators) that may influence the Company’s strategies and highlights the emerging and cross-cutting technologies in other sectors that may be of interest to the Group.

These guidelines also cover the Patents project1, which for Telecom Italia represents a continuous activity that is structured into numerous processes, involving various corporate departments, aimed at promoting, supporting and optimising patenting activities in the Company and, thanks to collaboration with universities, more generally in Italy.

Applying the metrics of the CSV model, the contribution generated2 in Italy thanks to patents led Telecom Italia to have a portfolio of more than 3,143 patents (of which 667 deposited), enriched by 33 new deposits in 2015. Premiums of 142,000 euros have been disbursed to 115 innovating employees who developed patents. The patenting areas regard the entire ICT segment (quality of networks, qualifying technologies, multimedia, data analytics and service concepts) with peaks of excellence in the Mobile segment, that put the Company in a 6th place worldwide and second in Europe3.

Thanks to the collaboration with Italian universities, patenting by the Group helps the rate of innovation of our Country, helping “patent” the universities themselves to a greater extent and making the results of the university research more tangible.

In this new context, the Joint Open Labs4 (JOLs) play a key role. With the “company on campus” model, they encourage a natural osmosis between the academic and industrial world. Within the Innovation & Industry Relations department, Telecom Italia has launched this innovative model of cooperation, promoting the development of different JOLs distributed throughout national territory and localised within the various Italian universities.        

In applying the metrics of the CSV model, the impact generated in Italy by the Group, thanks to the JOLs saw approximately 150 students, 5 universities, 8 applied research and innovation laboratories involved in 2015.

In a world in which technology facilitates contact with people, by disseminating broadband technology and the services it enables, Telecom Italia is making a contribution to overcoming the socio-cultural barriers that restrict the opportunity to take part in the information society and enjoy its benefits. The innovative services aimed at promoting the digitisation of important areas of activity (e.g. healthcare) include those listed in the following paragraph.

     

1 For more details, refer to the CSV sheet Patents.

2 For more details, refer to the CSV sheet Digitisation of the Country.

3 Source: Chetham Sharma.

4 For more details, refer to the the CSV sheet Joint Open Lab.