MILAN, April 11 Telecom Italia has
asked Chairman Franco Bernabe and three board members to assess
if conditions exist for a merger with Hutchison Whampoa's
mobile phone unit 3 Italia, two sources familiar with
the situation told Reuters.
One of the sources said a committee made up of board members
Gabriele Galateri di Genola, Elio Catania and Julio Linares
would flank Bernabe in the assessment.
"The committee has the task of exploring and assessing if
the conditions are there to do this transaction," one of the
sources said. "This is still a preliminary phase."
Telecom Italia was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting By Lisa Jucca, editing by Silvia Aloisi)