(ANSA) - Rome, December 19 - Italy's telecommunications
authority Agcom on Thursday announced the rates former state
monopoly Telecom Italia is to charge independent operators for
access to its fixed-line network, confirming the original feed
it had announced prior to an Antitrust freeze of the charges by
the European Commission for a minimum of three months.
The Commission had asked the Italian regulator over the
summer to review the recent proposal it had made to cut the rate
paid by independent operators to access Telecom Italia's
network, saying this could negatively affect their ability to
plan on pricing matters in Italy.
Agcom said it had made the decision after having considered
the recommendations made by the Commission, and to have made the
rate decision in full coherence with the current European norms.
Even so, the regulator said that it stood by its initial
unbundling rates, which it says reflect its valuation of the
cost of capital.