Stories by Philip Willan

AOL Considering Net Partnership in Italy

ROME (07/19/2000) - Mondadori SpA, the Italian publishing group controlled by
Italian opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, today confirmed published reports
of negotiations with America Online Inc. (AOL) for a possible Internet
partnership in Italy.

Italian Crash New Threat to Online Stock Trading

ROME (07/07/2000) - The collapse of Milan's electronic-share trading system on
Wednesday has underscored the fragility of computerized trading systems used by
European stock exchanges. A problem with the database of authorized dealers
caused an eight-hour delay in the opening of the market, the second time since
April that technical problems have prevented dealing for the better part of a

Cisco buys stake in Telecom Italia Subsidiary

A group of US investors, led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and backed by Cisco Systems have agreed to buy 80 percent of the share capital of Telecom Italia's networking unit Italtel SpA for 800 million euros ($US760 million), the companies announced Friday.

Bipop-Carire Buys German Online Bank for US$2.35B

ROME (06/27/2000) - Italy's Bipop-Carire SpA on Monday signed an agreement to
buy control of Entrium Direct Bankers AG, Germany's biggest online bank, in a
deal that gives the Italian bank a valuable foothold in Europe's richest online
banking market.

New Italian Carrier To Pay for Customers' PCs

Tu Tlc Utilities SpA, a new Italian telecom carrier focused
on small businesses and people who live outside Italy's major cities, will
cover all or part of the cost of a new PC for customers who sign up for a
three-year contract, the company announced today.

European utilities create B2B portal

A group of 12 major European utilities companies have agreed to create a European business-to-business (B2B) portal for procurement exchange, Italian electricity company ENEL announced last week.

Telecom Italia Wins Gov't Telephony Contract

Telecom Italia SpA has won a contract to supply fixed telephony services to Italy's state administration. The carrier's winning bid for the contract will save the state around 200 billion lire (US$98 million) on annual phone costs of approximately 300 billion lire, the Italian Treasury Ministry announced today.

Telecom Italia Buys Stake in Brazilian Net Co.

Telecom Italia SpA today signed an agreement to purchase 30 percent of the share capital with voting rights of, the Internet company of the Brazilian publishing and media group Organizacoes Globo, the Italian incumbent telecommunications operator announced.

European Utilities Companies Create B2B Portal

A group of 12 major European utilities companies have agreed to create a European business-to-business (B2B) portal for procurement exchange, Italian electricity company ENEL SpA announced yesterday.

Telecom Italia, IBM Build Italian Net Data Centers

Telecom Italia SpA and IBM Italy SpA have signed an agreement for the joint development of applications, electronic-business services, and the creation of an Italian network of Internet Data Centers, the companies announced today.

Cyberspook Tomlinson Speaks His Mind

Western intelligence agencies face little difficulty in intercepting Internet communications, but analyzing all of the traffic is another matter, according to Richard Tomlinson, a former officer of Britain's foreign intelligence service, MI6.

Telecom Italia Builds Mediterranean Fiber Network

Telecom Italia SpA, the Italian incumbent carrier, and four Israeli partners signed a definitive agreement last week to create a new company with the purpose of building and operating a Mediterranean fiber-optic network, Telecom Italia announced.

TIM Teams with Yahoo for WAP Service

Telecom Italia Mobile SpA (TIM), Europe's largest cellular phone operator by total client base, has signed an agreement with Yahoo Europe for the provision of Yahoo's content and services on TIM's WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) gateway, the companies announced yesterday.