Vodafone Group to sue TI for EUR1bn for abusing position

5 Aug 2013

UK-based Vodafone Group has said that it is suing Telecom Italia (TI) for abusing its dominant position in Italy, and is seeking damages of more than EUR1.0 billion (USD1.3 billion). According to Reuters, the civil action accuses TI of committing a series of abuses between 2008 and 2013 ‘with the intention and effect of impeding growth in competition in the Italian fixed line market’. Further, Vodafone believes that it has to pay artificially high costs to compete in the sector. For its part, TI has rejected the claims, saying that it is confident that it can demonstrate the ‘total correctness’ of its behaviour. The lawsuit comes at a time when TI is moving ahead with a plan to spin off its legacy copper network.