Telecom Italia to go it alone with broadband rollout

10 Mar 2015

The chief executive of Telecom Italia (TI), Marco Patuano, has confirmed that the operator is to push ahead with the deployment of its broadband internet infrastructure without joining other players in a shared rollout. The president of state lender CDP is attempting to get alternative operators Vodafone and Wind to cooperate on their broadband networks under the umbrella of CDP-backed fibre provider Metroweb, La Repubblica reports. TI, however, is looking to continue with its own fibre deployments without joining Metroweb at this stage.

Separately, Patuano has revealed that TI plans to list its domestic mobile tower business by the end of the third quarter of this year. 11,500 towers are being transferred to a new entity dubbed Inwit, with TI expected to retain a majority stake in the unit after the listing.

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