Telecom Italia (TIM) says it would welcome the participation of mobile market newcomer Iliad in its proposed 5G network sharing venture with Vodafone Italy. CorCom cites TIM CEO Luigi Gubitosi as saying: ‘The architecture of the agreement is open and we would like it if other operators participated. 5G was very expensive, it is important to share it and develop it quickly for revenue.’ He added: ‘If Iliad wants to be part of the game with us, we will be pleased.’
As reported by CommsUpdate yesterday, Iliad has written to Italy’s telecoms and competition regulators to ask them to assess the effects on competition that a network venture between its two rivals could have on the wireless market. The two cellcos announced in February this year that they would share 5G infrastructure in order to speed up network deployments and reduce costs by up to 30%.
Gubitosi says that he expects TIM to launch 5G services in June or July this year, even though the network sharing venture with Vodafone is unlikely to be fully constituted until August.
Meanwhile, the TIM CEO has also said that negotiations between TIM and wholesale network operator Open Fiber are ‘quite advanced’. Reuters quotes Gubitosi as saying that he sees the merger of TIM and Open Fiber’s respective fixed network assets as ‘a positive step for both companies’.