Regulator encourages Telecom Italia to help with open access fiber network

Italy's main telecom regulator Agcom wants the country's incumbent carrier Telecom Italia to play nice with three competitors (Vodafone, FastWeb and Wind) who are building out their own joint fiber-based open access network.

During the presentation of its annual report, Corrado Calabro, chairman of Agcom, said that the country should have a plan that will enable it to become a ‘fibre nation to avoid costly duplications of civilian infrastructure.'

In May, the three-part consortium (Vodafone, FastWeb and Wind) announced they would spend $3.16 billion to build an open access fiber network that could serve any carrier including Telecom Italia. Although Tiscali decided to join the trio, Telecom Italia opted to not participate because it said it was building its own fiber network that would reach 50 percent of Italy's population by 2018.

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