Telecom Italia says 'absolute no' to shared fiber network

Telecom Italia isn't at all interested in being part of a shared fiber optic network, although the operator will participate in roundtable talks with rival telecoms about the proposed $3.1 billion network, Reuters reports.

Last week, Fastweb, Italy's No. 2 broadband operator, and Vodafone Italia announced plans to roll out the network in Italy and that it will be open to private and public partners.

Oscar Cicchetti, head of technology and operations for Telecom Italia, said the project is positive but the company "says an absolute no to a condominium-style network."

Operators in Italy have grappled with the idea of a national fiber-optic network, but scarce funding and low customer interest are potential roadblocks to any project.

For more:
- see this article

Related articles:
Fastweb, Vodafone, Wind to build open access network
Telecom Italia "freezes" Telefonica merger idea
Telecom Italia, Aria work together to meet WiMAX rollout requirements

Suggested Articles

Silver Peak is out of the gates with several key updates that target large-scale global enterprises that have multiple divisions.

Cato Networks is the latest SD-WAN vendor to announce it has blended SIEM capabilities into its platform.

DriveNets’ Ido Susan analyzes recent news in Service Provider networking and the buzz around the distributed disaggregated model endorsed by AT&T.