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Potential clash in Italy over broadband rollout

Telecom Italia will go ahead with plans to roll out an ultrafast broadband network in rural or sparely populated areas of Italy despite objections from the government, the phone group's chief executive has said. Reuters reports that the development of fast internet is a top priority for Italy’s government, which last year drafted in state-controlled utility Enel to help it out after claiming Telecom Italia was dragging its feet. “Rome is currently running tenders and offering subsidies to deploy fibre in areas that would not normally be economically viable. Telecom Italia, whose main shareholder is French media giant Vivendi, took part in the first tender but then withdrew and said it would be investing its own money in developing a network in the areas.” The government could claim damages from the phone incumbent, which had originally told Rome it was not going to invest in rural areas, forcing the state to step in. More here

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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