Italy's Wind calls for mobile network sharing

Reuters

Italy's third-largest mobile phone company Wind (Rome, Italy) called for peers to share their frequencies and antennas to help roll out a superfast network.

"I believe there is awareness among all mobile operators that there is the need to place, into a specifically created company, frequencies and networks," Wind Chief Executive Maximo Ibarra said on the sidelines of an event in Capri on Friday.

"Competition will be on services," he said.

Elsewhere in Europe, mobile operators have already inked or are negotiating network-sharing deals as they aim to save costs and boost coverage at a time of economic downturn.

In June, Vodafone (Newbury, UK) and O2, owned by Telefonica (Madrid) of Spain, agreed to form a joint venture in Britain to pool infrastructure and cut costs of building a new superfast service.

Ibarra also said plans by Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy) to separate its fixed network into a new company should be open to the state, broadband infrastructure company Metroweb (Milan, Italy) and alternative carriers to join.

Telecom Italia, Italy's biggest telecoms company, is in talks with state-backed financing body Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) to spin off its valuable landline infrastructure and boost broadband investment in Italy.

The CDP is expected to take a minority stake in the project.

Telecom Italia Chairman Franco Bernabe has said the company will take a decision on whether to go ahead with the spin-off by the end of the year.

At the event on Friday, an executive of telecommunications company Fastweb, a unit of Swisscom (Worblaufen, Switzerland), said it was not interested in joining Telecom Italia's project.

(Reporting by Alberto Sisto; Editing by David Holmes)

ArticleTools

Related Tags

Featured Big Data Reports

Market Opportunity: Big Data in the Internet of Things
Big Data and Analytics software and applications will play a crucial role in making IoT a success. The data generated through sensors embedded in various things/objects will generate massive amounts of unstructured (big) data on real-time basis that holds the promise for intelligence and insights for dramatically improved decision processes.

 

Structured and Unstructured (Big) Data in Telecom Analytics
This report provides the reader with a broad understanding of telecom data (structured and unstructured/big data) and related analytics. The report identifies market drivers and opportunities as well as forecasts for certain key growth areas such as deep packet inspection.

 

Telecom Carrier Big Data Operations, Applications, and Services
Telcos have a major advantage in that they have many sources of data but if they want to monetize that data and derive meaningful, actionable analytics it could be challenging due to the complexities of correlation, prediction, and the massive volumes of data from different sources.

 

Affordable Market Reports on Big Data, IoT, CDN & More!
Access the exclusive new series of market research reports brought to you through the partnership of Mind Commerce research and TelecomEngine.com.
Browse the latest titles

 

 

 

Featured Events & Partners

The Telecom Exchange (TEX)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cipriani Wall Street, New York City

Designed to navigate enterprise and carrier network operators through all carrier hotels and colocation houses available in the US and globally.

Visit event website...