BRUSSELS/ROME Dec 12 Italy's Antitrust
authority said that Telecom Italia hindered access to
the country's fixed-line telephone network from 2009 to 2011,
according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
There was "an unjustified number of refusals to activate
wholesale services" that "constitutes a grave violation of the
regulations that safeguard competition," the watchdog said in
findings in an ongoing probe that began in June 2010.
Vodaphone, FastWeb, Bti Italia,
Colt, Wind, Siportal Teleunit, and Telepiu' are the companies
that had contested Telecom Italia's behaviour.
Telecom Italia, which owns the phone lines that enter
directly into Italian homes, "applied retail service prices to
the fixed-line newtwork that... do not allow an efficient
competitor to make a profit," the document read.
Telecom Italia officials were not immediately available for
comment. The last hearings in the probe will be held in January
and the investigation must end by the end of March.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels and Alberto Sisto