Telcos fined over unfair trade practices

16 Apr 2009

Italy’s competition authority has meted out fines totalling EUR900,000 (USD1.19 million) to domestic broadband operators Telecom Italia and Wind, Italian news agency ASCA reports. The country’s dominant wireline and broadband operator, Telecom Italia, was fined EUR735,000 as a result of three investigations; including a penalty of EUR285,000 for inadequate representation of connection speeds to the company’s ADSL services. Further fines of EUR235,000 and EUR215,000 came as a result of misleading advertising for the tariff packages TIM Sogno and Chiara TIM. Wind meanwhile, has been penalised EUR165,000 for improper commercial practices regarding subscribers to its Infostrada subsidiary.