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Telecom Italia rivals leave NGN committee
15 September 2010
Wind, Fastweb and Vodafone have left a next-generation network committee in Italy, saying their views were not being considered
Three of Italy’s alternative telecom operators — Fastweb, Vodafone Italia and Wind — have withdrawn from the country’s next-generation network committee. The committee was created to set the guidelines for the transition from copper to fibre infrastructure in Italy.
The operators, which participated in the NGN committee together with Telecom Italia, said that the committee failed to take into consideration their contributions and did not represent their positions in its proposed guidelines.
The operators pledged to express their views in a hearing with Italy’s telecoms regulator, Agcom. The regulator asked operators to work together to develop a fast fibre-based network.
Fastweb, Wind and Vodafone recently announced plans to jointly invest €2.5 billion over a five-year period to build fibre in Italy’s 15 largest cities. Telecom Italia will invest €9 billion in its network infrastructure by 2012 to offer 100 megabits a second broadband to 50% of the Italian population by 2018. GTB