Threatened with a major budget cut that could have seen employees pay slashed, one Italian region decided to ditch its Microsoft Office software to make up the shortfall instead.
Italy's got tech
A room with a view on Italian business tech.
Raffaele Mastrolonardo is a journalist and co-founder of effecinque news agency. He has been writing about technology for the past 11 years or so for some of the most important Italian news media.
In the last 12 years Federico has been working as a freelance journalist, at first covering current affairs and economy and then focusing on technology, writing extensively for several Italian national media outlets.
The country's watchdog has put the four main operators' mobile connectivity under the microscope, and released details of who offers the best upload and download speeds in which regions.
As reports of NSA spying in Italy start to surface, the government and others have called for more clarity on just how far the country's communications are being monitored.
A copyright regulation set to come into effect next year is drawing the ire of a diverse coalition of activists, lawyers and ISPs.
An Italian court has ruled that ISPs in the country must prevent users from accessing the file-sharing sites.
Franco Bernabé, Telecom Italia's CEO, has stepped down, leaving his successor two significant problems to wrestle with.
With Telefonica's move on Telecom Italia, Italy's biggest telcos are increasingly passing into foreign ownership. But does it really matter who's in control?
The Spanish telco is paying hundreds of millions of euros to gain a bigger stake in of one Telecom Italia's major shareholders.
When it comes to broadband, Italians aren't seeing the speeds that their ISPs' adverts promise.
The Italian operator's LTE network now extends to over one-third of the country's population.