Stories by Philip Willan

Italian Banks Roll Out Internet Services

Italian financial institutions are aggressively rolling out new Internet services, to judge by the volume of advertising in the media in recent weeks, but the country has a long way to go before it catches up with its most advanced competitors, industry analysts say.

CHL Launches Italy's First Mobile Commerce Venture

CHL SpA, a Florence-based company specializing in the online sale of personal computers, hi-fi and other electronic equipment, has become Italy's first company to launch a mobile commerce service exploiting the country's high level of cell phone usage, the company announced today.

ICG, Italy's ENEL Form Joint Net Incubator

Internet Capital Group of the U.S. and Italy's electricity utility ENEL SpA today signed an agreement for the creation of a joint venture to act as an incubator for Internet applications in the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce sector, the companies announced.

Italy Looks to New Economy to Leapfrog Competitors

Italy is turning to the new economy to close the gap that separates it from the most advanced industrialized countries, Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema told a news conference today. D'Alema was presenting a government-backed initiative to provide up to 600,000 high school students with cheap personal computers to be purchased with interest free loans.

Spain Awards Europe's First UMTS Licenses

The Spanish government today awarded Europe's first four Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) licenses, one of them going to the Amena SA consortium in which Telecom Italia Mobile SpA (TIM) is a partner, the Italian cellular phone operator said.

Another Italy Net Scam Uses U.S. Banking Info

U.S. President Bill Clinton doesn't trust the Internet for sending e-mail to his daughter, and Italians are beginning to wonder whether it is safe to use for electronic commerce following two highly publicized cases of online fraud in the last two weeks.

Italy's Tiscali Buys German ISP Nikoma

Tiscali SpA's campaign of European expansion reached Germany today with the announcement that the Italian telecommunications operator has bought Hamburg-based Nikoma Beteiligungs Gmbh.

IT to Sweeten Italy's Tax Pill

Italians are notoriously averse to paying taxes. For most citizens, from prime ministers to humble artisans, outsmarting the tax man is a popular and perfectly respectable sport.

Infostrada, Sprint Sign Broadband Net Agreement

Infostrada SpA, the Italian fixed-line telecommunications company controlled by Mannesmann AG of Germany, yesterday signed an agreement for the supply of broadband Internet access with Sprint Corp., the U.S.'s third largest long distance telecom operator, Infostrada announced today.

Telecom Italia Group Takes Control of Logicasiel

Olivetti SpA has purchased a 45 percent stake in the IT consultancy Logicasiel SpA from Britain's Logica Group for 52 billion lire (US$26.9 million), giving the Telecom Italia Group complete control of the company, Olivetti announced yesterday.

IBM's Milan Offices Damaged by Fire

A marketing center belonging to IBM Corp. on the outskirts of Milan was badly damaged by a fire that broke out last night and raged out of control for more than six hours, an IBM spokeswoman said today.

Italian Police Identify Internet Fraud Gang

Italian police have identified a network of alleged Internet thieves who, among other crimes, are suspected of using the credit cards of around 100 U.S. citizens to make online purchases of high-fidelity and electronic equipment, a police spokesman said today.

Software Vendor TAS to List 30 Percent of Stock

Italian software vendor Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi SpA (TAS) will list 30 percent of its stock on Milan's Nuovo Mercato exchange for high growth shares within the next six months, the company confirmed today.

Lucent to Provide IT to Italy Cellular Operator

Lucent Technologies Inc. will provide the IT infrastructure and billing system for Blu SpA, the Italian mobile phone operator, as part of a strategic agreement initially worth approximately 90 billion lire (US$45 million) signed by the two companies, Lucent announced today.