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TIM high investor Vivendi eager to debate community plan with govt – sources

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MILAN — Telecom Italia’s (TIM) high investor Vivendi is eager to start out talks with Italy’s new right-wing authorities on a brand new plan to create a nationwide broadband firm, individuals near the French media conglomerate mentioned on Sunday. Debt-laden Telecom Italia has been embroiled for months in negotiations over the sale of its prized landline grid to state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP).

The potential sale was a part of a plan sponsored by the earlier authorities to mix TIM’s fastened community belongings with these of smaller broadband operator Open Fiber with a purpose to create a nationwide community champion beneath CDP management.

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Nevertheless, regulatory and valuations points have thwarted efforts thus far and the venture to create a single community firm is now being reassessed by the brand new authorities, which was sworn in final month.

On Saturday, cupboard undersecretary Alessio Butti advised Sky broadcaster he thought-about making a single broadband firm a “precedence,” including he would begin quickly talks with all stakeholders, together with CDP, over a brand new model of the venture.

Butti had beforehand known as on CDP to pursue the one community venture taking on TIM, beneath a plan dubbed “Minerva.”

Beneath the plan, TIM would retain the community whereas hiving off its providers operations and its Brazil-listed unit to chop its debt pile.

Folks near the French media group mentioned on Sunday that Vivendi appreciated Butti’s openness to dialog and reiterated the Paris-listed firm’s willingness to start out discussions to discover a fast resolution.

In her inaugural speech to parliament, new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni vowed to make sure nationwide strategic networks to be state-owned whereas enabling telecoms corporations to compete on providers.

Treasury-owned CDP, which controls Open Fiber, is TIM’s second largest investor with a ten% stake. Vivendi holds a 24percentstake in TIM. (Reporting by Elvira Pollina; writing by Elvira Pollina and Francesca Landini; modifying by David Evans)


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