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Italy to Drop Backing of Telecom Italia Single Network

  • Draghi designing competitive-tender system for all carriers
  • Premier urges new moves to boost country’s digital services
Mario Draghi
Mario DraghiPhotographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has abandoned a project backed by his predecessor to create a single national fiber network controlled by Telecom Italia SpA, in a bid to boost competition among carriers and employ a wider set of technologies including 5G services.

The government’s project to improve the country’s digital services will be structured around competitive tenders in multiple areas and will be designed to grant wholesale access to third parties, a senior government official said.