Italian PM inaugurates Open Fiber digital divide rollout

(Telecompaper) Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has inaugurated the first FTTH construction site of phase one of the government’s tenders to build and operate a national high-speed broadband network in digital divide areas throughout the country. The symbolic ribbon cutting event took place in the locality of Campli in the Italian region of Abruzzo, badly hit by recent earthquakes. The Open Fiber wholesale-only venture of Italian utility Enel and state lender CDP having been awarded the corresponding contract to roll out fibre cable in underserved parts of Abruzzo, Molise, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Tuscany and Veneto. …read more

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A1 introduces zero-rated streaming with A1 Free Stream

(Telecompaper) Austrian operator A1 has launched a zero-rated music and video streaming service called A1 Free Stream. It is automatically included in A1 Go! tariffs. The new service means customers can stream services such as Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, Zappn and Sky without the data counting towards their monthly allowances. …read more

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Telefonica sells further 15.2% Telxius to KKR for EUR 484.5 mln

(Telecompaper) Telefonica has announced that private equity firm KKR exercised the previously agreed call option over 38 million shares of its infrastructure subsidiary Telxius (representing 15.2 percent of its share capital) for EUR 484.5 million. As a result of this operation and together with the 24.8 percent stake it acquired last month, KKR will hold 40 percent of Telxius, with Telefonica retaining control. …read more

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