Converged phone blocked by watchdog

22 Jun 2006

Telecom Italia claims it is not surprised that a proposed new converged phone offering has been blocked by regulators. The telco had planned to introduce a new handset under the name Unico which would function like a cordless phone over fixed IP connections when in the home but switch to GSM cellular networks when outside. The country’s competition watchdog has blocked the launch of Unico on the grounds that rival firms are unable to match the service. TI’s chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera told AFX: “It is normal that the regulator intervenes. Each time we make an innovative offer we have to wait for the competitors to adapt.”