Telecom Italia sees first effects of chip shortage on equipment supply

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MILAN, May 20 (Reuters) - Telecom Italia (TLIT.MI) is starting to see the first effects of the global chip shortage on its equipment supply, the head of Italy's biggest phone group said on Thursday.

The worldwide shift to remote working and learning during the pandemic had boosted demand for laptops and other gadgets, exacerbating a global chip shortage.

"We are marginally starting to see some shortage on chips around the market," Chief Executive Luigi Gubitosi told analysts in a conference call.

He added the company had bought in advance modems which will enable customers to watch the upcoming season of football matches under a deal with sport streaming service DAZN "to avoid a supply chain issue".

"The cost of chips is not a large component of our activity. I think that at some point it may affect some equipment suppliers and this in turn may affect the operators... it is something worth watching."

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Reporting by Elvira Pollina, writing by Maria Pia Quaglia, editing by Giulia Segreti

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