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Vodafone Italy head says a single network should not be controlled by Telecom Italia

Vodafone Italy head says a single network should not be controlled by Telecom Italia
FILE PHOTO: Telecom Italia logo is seen at the headquarter in Rozzano neighbourhood of Milan, Italy, May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini -
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ROME (Reuters) – A merger of telephone networks in Italy is something that can be considered as long as control does not end up with Telecom Italia (TIM) <TLIT.MI>, the head of Vodafone’s Italian operations said on Friday.

“By way of alternative to infrastructure competition, a merger of networks could be taken into consideration providing governance control is not actually in the hands of TIM,” Aldo Bisio said at a conference.

TIM is pressing ahead with plans to find investors to help it fund a tie-up with smaller broadband rival Open Fibre to create a single national fibre network player.

(Reporting by Andrea Ciociola, editing by Stephen Jewkes)

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