Vodafone Italy is to enter the country’s fixed broadband market with the planned launch of its Vodafone Station ADSL product. A commercial launch for both residential and business users is expected within the next few months. Vodafone Station will incorporate a modem which can be used in either a fixed or mobile set-up. Last year Vodafone acquired the Italian assets of the pan-European fixed line and broadband operator Tele2, giving its first toe-hold in Italy’s internet market.
Meanwhile, Vodafone is among the four firms vying to take control of Italian ISP Tiscali, which also operates in the UK. It has emerged that Tiscali is now likely to sell its Italian and UK operations separately in order to enhance their value after reportedly turning down offers from Vodafone, BSkyB, FastWeb and Wind.