Competition authority wants cooperation behind broadband rollout

2 Apr 2015

Italy’s antitrust and competition watchdog AGCM is recommending that the government move to open up the country’s fixed broadband networks so that new fibre infrastructure can be shared between operators, to avoid a position of competitive advantage for a single operator. The government is considering using state-backed fibre network owner Metroweb as a vehicle to fulfil its EUR6 billion (USD6.5 billion) Strategy for Italian Broadband and Digital Growth 2014-2020, under which it is looking to have a minimum 30Mbps connection available to all Italians by 2020 to help it meet European Union (EU) digital agenda goals; around half of the population would be able to access 100Mbps fibre-based services by the same date. Alternative telcos such as Vodafone favour the Metroweb consortium approach, though former monopoly Telecom Italia (TI) is thought to be against the idea and has been looking to acquire its own stake in Metroweb.