Sunday, 29 May 2022

2022 begins with renewed interest in Italy’s single network plan

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Tuesday 04 January 22

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the state investment bank that holds a 10% stake in TIM as well as a 60% stake in rival Open Fiber, still has hope for a merger between the two companies

For around two years now, the Italian government has toyed with the idea of creating a single national broadband network across the country, hoping to prevent overbuild of infrastructure, accelerate fibre rollout, and reduce cost for consumers.    This national network has typically been conceived as a merger between incumbent operator TIM’s fibre business with its fixed line rival Open Fiber, but many months of negotiations in late 2019 and early 2020 ultimately ended in failure…

For around two years now, the Italian government has toyed with the idea of creating a single national broadband network across the country, hoping to prevent overbuild of infrastructure, accelerate fibre rollout, and reduce cost for consumers.    This national network has typically been conceived as a merger between incumbent operator TIM’s fibre business with its fixed line rival Open Fiber, but many months of negotiations in late 2019 and early 2020 ultimately ended in failure…

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