Regulator urges TI to cooperate with new fibre network

7 Jul 2010

Telecom Italia (TI) and rivals including Vodafone should cooperate in the rollout of an ultra-fast broadband network, according to Corrado Calabro, chairman of the country’s communications regulator Agcom. Speaking at the presentation of the watchdog’s annual report, Calabro said Italy needed a coordinated plan to transform itself into a ‘fibre nation to avoid costly duplications of civilian infrastructure.’

Vodafone, FastWeb and Wind announced in May they would invest EUR2.5 billion (USD3.16 billion) in a network to serve about ten million people in Italy’s 15 largest cities within five years. Tiscali also later joined the group, while TI declined to take part on the basis that it was planning its own fibre network which will reach 50% of the population by 2018.

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