Anti-trust authority penalises Telecom Italia

23 Nov 2004

Telecom Italia has been fined EUR152 million for abusing its dominant position in the Italian wireline market. Rivals, led by BT-backed Albacom, accused the incumbent telco of unfair dealings relating to a public tender in 2001. The Italian Anti-trust Authority (IAA) found in favour of claims that Telecom Italia had won the tender by offering prices that competing telcos could not match, as the costs it charged them to connect to its fixed line network were too high. A Telecom Italia spokesperson said that the company will appeal against the judgement.

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