Italian alternative operators Vodafone Italy and Wind Telecomunicazioni have signed a letter of intent with shareholders of the Milan-based broadband network owner Metroweb to roll out joint fibre infrastructure across Italy. A statement released on Friday says that the partnership, should it come to fruition, would be open to other operators and investors. Further details were not given on the extent of Metroweb’s planned network rollout or the size of the investment to be made by the two telcos.
Metroweb is part state-owned, and there has been much speculation over the company’s role in the government’s planned EUR12 billion (USD13 billion) project to deploy broadband services to every Italian home by 2020. Both Vodafone and Vimpelcom-backed Wind have made it known that they are interested in acquiring a stake in Metroweb, while incumbent operator Telecom Italia (TI) has had its own takeover moves rebuffed.