Italy’s Antitrust Authority (AGCM) has imposed a fine of EUR103.8 million (USD136 million) on Telecom Italia for abusing its dominant market position and its control over the country’s fixed line infrastructure. The decision follows an investigation which began in 2010 after alternative operator Wind lodged a complaint. The watchdog found that Telecom Italia had limited wholesale and retail access to its fixed line network by obstructing ‘the expansion of market competitors into voice telephone services and access to internet and broadband’. The telco disputes the charge, claiming that it has always provided rivals with full and equal access.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the ruling comes as Telecom Italia prepares to make a decision before the end of May about putting its fixed line assets into a separate company.