The chief executive of Italian state-backed fibre network operator Metroweb has said that the company is holding talks with utility firm Enel and could also open discussions with TIM (formerly Telecom Italia) over the possibility of a collaboration on the rollout of high speed broadband infrastructure. Metroweb, which is part-owned by the state holding company Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), is thought to be central to the government’s EUR12 billion (USD13.3 billion) 20-year project to promote the spread of ultra-wideband technologies.
Corriere della Sera quotes Metroweb CEO Alberto Trondoli as saying: ‘With Enel we are talking, there is room to collaborate. And Telecom will be taken into consideration.’ Alternative operators Vodafone Italy and Wind Telecomunicazioni have previously agreed to partner with Metroweb on the nationwide broadband scheme. TIM had been looking to acquire a majority stake in Metroweb, though negotiations collapsed earlier this year.