Telecom Italia enters French broadband market

3 Oct 2003

Italian PTO Telecom Italia (TI) has announced plans to invest EUR300 – EUR400 million to build a telephone and internet network in France for its subsidiary Telecom Italia France. The telco plans to concentrate on broadband services in the country, and will compete against France Télécom subsidiary Wanadoo among others. It said it will initially roll out its network in Paris, Marseilles, Nice and Lyon, but plans to expand it to cover 13 cities by the end of 2004, at which time it hopes it will span around 3,000km. It will provide its French services under the banner Alice. The move marks a turn around for TI, which only exited the French market last June when it offloaded its stake in fixed line operator 9Télécom. At the end of June 2003 there were two million broadband users in France, up from 884,000 a year earlier.

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