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The Italian way to functional separation: An assessment of background and criticalities


  • Nucciarelli, A.
  • Sadowski, B.M.


The paper describes the approach to functional separation followed in Italy. The analysis places the notion of functional separation in the context of the reform of the European Regulatory Framework in particular the Access Directive of the European Commission. It concentrates on the two main aspects of functional separation in the Italian telecommunications market: (i) the creation of an Open Access unit and (ii) the undertakings suggested by Telecom Italia and approved by AGCOM with the Decision 718/08/CONS. The paper shows that even if these measures are primarily aimed at fostering transparency, promoting equal access and non-discrimination practices, some doubts remain with respect to the impact of functional separation on incumbency of Telecom Italia. It proposes that the outcome of functional separation will have to be determined by joint efforts of regulation by AGCOM and changes in the strategy of Telecom Italia.

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  • Nucciarelli, A. & Sadowski, B.M., 2010. "The Italian way to functional separation: An assessment of background and criticalities," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 384-391, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:34:y:2010:i:7:p:384-391

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    2. Yang, Yu & Song, Luona & Lv, Tingjie & Chen, Xia, 2017. "Analysis on the Key Factors of the Network Separation in China in the Era of Telecommunications 4.0," 14th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Kyoto 2017: Mapping ICT into Transformation for the Next Information Society 168550, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
    3. Bert SADOWSKI & Bronwyn HOWELL & Alberto NUCCIARELLI, 2013. "Structural Separation and the Role of Public-Private Partnerships in New Zealand's UFB Initiative," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(91), pages 57-80, 3rd quart.
    4. Sadowski, Bert & Howell, Bronwyn, 2012. "Will they fly?: Different Forms of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in New Zealand's UFB Initiative," Working Paper Series 4134, Victoria University of Wellington, The New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation.


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