Regulator approves FMC services, fines two telcos

6 Aug 2007

Italy’s telecoms regulator, Agcom, has cleared the way for the launch of fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) products by Telecom Italia (TI) and Vodafone Italia. The two firms have been trying to introduce the service, which integrates a customer’s fixed line home phone connection with their cellphone account, since last year. TI is now free to offer its Unico service, while Vodafone’s Casa Numero Fisso offering has also been approved. Both services allow a customer to use just one phone for their mobile and home telephony services. At home, calls to the handset are treated as traditional wireline calls and charged at wireline rates, while in all other areas the handset works as a conventional cellular phone.

Separately, TI and Wind have been fined EUR20 million and EUR2 million respectively for abusing their dominant positions in the wholesale mobile market. They have been found guilty of offering cheaper prices to their own units for terminating calls on their respective mobile networks than those charged to rival operators.