A meeting of Telecom Italia's board isn't expected to signal the starters gun on a union between the two Italian operators, with stumbling blocks likely to consign the possibility of a merger to the scrapyard.
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Raffaele Mastrolonardo is a journalist and co-founder of effecinque (www.effecinque.org) news agency. He has been writing about technology for the past 11 years or so for some of the most important Italian news media, both on and offline, including Corriere della Sera, Wired Italia, SKY.it. He's covered the government IT sector for several years. His last obsession is data journalism.
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. He's also the author of a number of books on social media and the Internet and was a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow in 2013.
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Italy's biggest telco has found itself on the receiving end of a fine from the country's antitrust authority after being found to have abused its dominant position in network infrastructure.
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