22 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Italy’s markets regulator is extends its enquiry into whether TIM has harmed rival carrier Open Fiber’s entry into wholesale markets.
The Reuters news agency said a source had told it that
police have raided the headquarters of TIM – formerly
Telecom Italia – as part of the enquiry.
The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato
(AGCM, the competition and markets authority) says it wants to
see if TIM’s activities in providing wholesale
broadband access have been carried out in a way "likely to
hinder infrastructure competition" and so that it limits the
likelihood that customers will buy Open Fiber’s
AGCM has already been running an examination of TIM since June
2017 for allegedly misusing its dominant position. But this
investigation has been widened, says the authority, to examine
whether there is further anti-competitive behaviour.
It is worried that TIM has access to privileged information
because of its dominant position in network management. AGCM
said it will assess whether TIM’s behaviour is
part of a wider strategy aimed at obstructing Open Fiber.
This "would have the purpose of hindering the execution of the
Open Fiber investment plan and also limiting the competitive
development of retail offers for ultra-broadband services",
said a local report into the issue.
TIM told Reuters in a statement that "it had not been involved
in any anticompetitive behaviour and would continue to work
with the watchdog to prove its case".