MILAN, July 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Telecom Italia fell more than 2.5 percent in morning trade on Friday after the regulator tentatively approved lower fees for rivals to use its fixed-line copper network.
The decision by AGCOM sparked criticism from the Italian phone company which said the cut would put at risk the planned spin-off of its fixed-line access network and reduce its results by 110 million euros ($143 million).
“The most worrisome element is represented by possible repercussions on the network separation plan,” ICBPI analyst Stefano Vulpiani said in a note.
The spin-off would allow Telecom Italia to sell a stake in the newly created network company, valued at 12-15 billion euros, and raise cash to cut debt and fund investment.
$1 = 0.7668 euros Reporting by Danilo Masoni, editing by Stephen Jewkes