TIM’s wholesale markets chief to be CEO of unified fibre company
Carlo Filangieri, the head of wholesale markets at TIM, is to be the CEO of Italy’s last-mile fibre business, FiberCop.
Filangieri (pictured) has been with the Telecom Italia group — now TIM — since 1994, mainly in engineering, infrastructure and technology roles.
For the past five years he has been a board director of Flash Fiber, the TIM fibre unit which is being merged with Fastweb, the fibre network owned by Swisscom, to create FiberCop. Private equity firm KKR will have a small stake in FiberCop, but TIM will be the majority shareholder.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica first named Filangieri as a possible candidate for the CEO position last September. But the paper also named Massimo Sarmi, who chaired yesterday’s board meeting that appointed Filangieri as CEO.
In a statement, FiberCop said the new company will offer passive access services to the secondary network with the aim of achieving fibre coverage of the black and grey areas of the country — in other words, areas with good or moderate service — and speeding up adoption of the ultrabroadband services.
Ultimately, though, there is a project to merge FiberCop with Open Fiber, a rival network, to create a single national Italian infrastructure company.
Filangieri has a degree and a PhD in electronic engineering from Rome’s La Sapienza university. He has worked for TIM in Italy and in Brazil.
In 2008 he took over the management of Telecom Italia’s IT infrastructures, starting the next generation data centre, virtual desktop and cloud computing projects.
At the beginning of 2011 he moved to the network area, dealing with service creation and video communication services. At the end of 2012, after a period as territorial director of the north east open access area, he took on the role of CTO of Tim Brasil.
He has been back in Italy since 2015, and became head of TIM’s wholesale market operations last September.