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Italian Access Face-Off

Ray Le Maistre
3/28/2008

9:15 AM -- The Italian regulator Agcom and Telecom Italia (TIM) met Thursday to discuss how the incumbent plans to create a separate access network business unit to encourage competition. (See Telecom Italia Hives Off Access Network.)

According to a statement from Agcom (in Italian only, so be patient with me...), TI's CEO Franco Bernabè popped down to the regulator's offices for a chat, something to eat (we're guessing here, but there's no way "solids" weren't involved), and to present the operator's three-year business plan. (See Telecom Italia Outlines Plan, Telecom Italia Eyes Emerging Markets, and TI Creates Open Access.)

Following a post-prandial nap, Agcom issued its statement, noting that "the Open Access project, if properly developed," could herald a new approach to regulation of TI's fixed network, and asked Bernabè to come back with more details about how the new unit would operate.

"If properly developed" is the key phrase in that statement. And that can only be good news for Agcom's caterers, as it sounds like Bernabè and his team will be arranging further visits to the regulator's Rome offices.

Anyone for Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe?

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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