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Italian Broadband at Important Crossroad

Italy’s Economic Development Minister, Claudio Scajola, has given clear indications that his administration is fully supporting plans to open up Telecom Italia’s fixed network to competitors, and reiterated a government commitment to provide subsidies for broadband services – probably in the south of the country and/or in mountainous areas. 

Network liberalisation plans submitted in June are currently under review by the national communications regulator.

Speaking in an interview with daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the minister also declared his preference for Telecom Italia to remain “in Italian hands” though this would be “while respecting market rules”.  The Italian incumbent operator is in the process of restructuring its business operations, and has been the subject of bid speculation from Telefonica, of Spain.

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