Italy's large telecom market boasts one of the highest rates for mobile penetration in Europe, while the fibre-optic sector has seen significant development in recent years, both in operator investment and in regulatory measures. Broadband uptake is growing rapidly as a result of fibre and ADSL2+ infrastructure upgrades, though the country still lags behind benchmark countries for average broadband access speeds. The fixed-line sector continues to dwindle as consumers adopt mobile-only solutions and VoIP. This report analyses the key aspects of the Italian telecom market, providing the latest data and statistics on the country and the fixed network services sector. It also reviews the key regulatory issues including number portability and local loop unbundling, In addition, the report assess the effects of the government's push for Telecom Italia's structural separation and the implications for open access for competitors.
Telecom Italia proceeds with rebranding exercise as TIM; EC evaluates Rome smart grid deployment; regulator addresses fibre network open access; FiberCo coordinating fibre deployments to 20 million people in 15 cities; Telecom Italia commits to deliver FttP/FttB to an additional 138 cities by 2018, suspends decision to spin off access network into separate company; regulator again reduces LLU prices, Vodafone sues Telecom Italia for 1 billion for anti-competitive market behaviour; report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.