Italy (country regulation overview)

Date: November 22, 2010
Pages: 23
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Recently, the Italian NRA has made significant progress in implementing the European Commission’s regulatory framework. The telecoms regulator, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), has finalized the first round of market decisions for all seven new markets and has also concluded the second round of market analysis for wholesale network infrastructure access services and wholesale broadband access services. With these developments, competition is expected to growth in the broadband market. However, if the uncertainty around the new BU-LRIC cost model prevails and leads to a price rise in the wholesale markets, it may hamper the growth of prospects of alternate service providers in the broadband market.

Italy is among the countries with the highest mobile penetration rates in the European Union. In spite of this, its mobile termination rates (MTRs) still remain high compared to more developed EU countries such as the UK and France. With the implementation of the new cost model this situation will likely change.
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Fixed market overview
Broadband market overview
Multiplay: dual, triple, and quad players
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Competition authority
Key legislation and regulation
Current status of market analysis
Wireless licensing
3G licenses
Spectrum re-farming
3.5GHz spectrum
Retail regulation
The retail market
Retail call charges
Wholesale fixed regulation
Services subject to regulation
Narrowband voice interconnection
Cost model for RIO
Procedure for setting and reviewing charges
Fixed termination charges
Wholesale access
Wholesale line rental (WLR)
Local loop unbundling (LLU)
Wholesale broadband services
Bitstream access
Transition to all-IP network
Wholesale mobile regulation
Services subject to regulation
Mobile number portability
Mobile termination charges
Competition cases
Charges against Telecom Italia
Universal service
Universal service fund
The EC’s market definitions


Table 1: Award of 3G licenses in Italy
Table 2: Multiple regional areas: blocks A and B
Table 3: 3.5GHz spectrum licensing: value and beneficiary companies
Table 4: Fixed sector: services subject to regulation
Table 5: Fixed termination call price caps and glidepath (€ cents/min)
Table 6: Mobile sector: services subject to regulation
Table 7: MTR glidepath for mobile operators in Italy (€ cents/min)
Table 8: AGCOM’s analysis of the EC’s list of markets


Figure 1: Broadband access lines in Italy
Figure 2: Mobile subscribers in Italy
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