Stories by Philip Willan

Italy's Wind Outlines Investment Strategy

Italian telecommunications operator Wind SpA plans to invest 8 trillion lire (US$3.7 billion) in a fiber-optic cable project linking 148 Italian cities, the chief executive officer, who is also the controlling shareholder, reportedly told a press conference in Milan today.

Report: Telecom Italia in Talks on Brazil Net JV

Telecom Italia SpA is negotiating with Brazil's Rede Globo media group about the creation of a Brazilian Internet joint venture, Telecom Italia Chairman Roberto Colaninno reportedly confirmed yesterday.

Italy's ENEL, Echelon Team on Home Networking

Laying claim to making a major step toward the creation of the networked "intelligent" home, Italy's ENEL SpA, the world's largest publicly traded electric utility, and Echelon Corp., a U.S. company specializing in the networking of domestic devices, have agreed to integrate their technologies in a wide-ranging networking project.

Olivetti Inks IT Net Sales Deal

ICS Olivetti SpA, the company attempting to revive the fortunes of the recently bankrupt Olivetti personal computer manufacturer, has signed a partnership agreement with CHL SpA, the innovative Italian Internet company specializing in the online sale of information technology equipment, the two companies announced today.

Italy's TIM Aims High with Europe Net Portal Plans

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) SpA today presented a range of Internet services which the telecommunications carrier said will help Italy close the gap between the country and its most technologically advanced competitors. The service will exploit widely available cellular phone handsets as an access medium to the World Wide Web.

Italian Piracy Ruling Angers Software Makers

A ruling by a Turin judge last week that the copying of software programs is not illegal provided they are not sold for profit has angered manufacturers, who fear it will encourage an already booming software piracy sector in Italy. The judge acquitted a local businessman on Thursday of illegally copying word processing, accounting and industrial design software because he had done it only for use within his own company.

Italy's TIM Reports Profit, Turkish Mobile Deal

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) SpA, Italy's largest mobile phone company, posted an 18.6 percent increase in profits to 2.9 trillion lire (US$1.49 billion) in 1999, the company said today. Revenue rose 21 percent to 14.4 trillion lire, the company's annual general meeting was told.

AltaVista Launches Internet Service in Italy

AltaVista Co. has launched an Internet service in Italy, its sixth new country-specific site to open in Europe in the last five months, the search engine company announced today.

Italian scent expert gives e-mail new sense

A love letter that gives off a scent of roses or cyclamen? A wake-up message from the boss impregnated with the odour of the ocean? Information communication technology could be given a whole new dimension if the brain-child of an Italian master perfumer -- scented e-mails -- gets off the ground.

Telecom Italia Reports 12 Percent Net Profit Drop

Telecom Italia SpA saw a 12.2 percent fall in its consolidated net profit last year to 3.36 trillion lire (US$1.67 billion), the Italian incumbent telecom operator announced yesterday. Consolidated revenues for 1999 as a whole stood at 52.48 trillion lire, an increase of 8.2 percent on the previous year, the company said.

Omnitel Boosts WAP Service

Omnitel Pronto Italia, Italy's second cellular phone operator, yesterday announced the launch of an enhanced Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Internet portal with 100 services available to clients with WAP capable handsets equipped with micro browsers.