Italians Big French Broadband Gambit

Looking for some broadband madness? Well don’t expect US to oblige – its a duoply nation, in case you didn’t notice. It is Europe which is turning into a broadband battleground. English DSL providers are opening up the pipes for $20 a month, French DSL wannabes are shaking their heads, making a lot of noise, and of course creating a world class ruckus. And if that is not enough, now Italians want to sell broadband to French, and are ready to play the price game. Well they will have to in order to catch up with France Telecom and Free, amongst others. Telecom Italia says it will spend over $500 million and build out its own network as it tries to take a piece of the French market. European telecoms are quickly expanding into each other’s territory in order to grow. In case you forgot, Telecom italia bought Liberty Surf, a DSL provider with a million customers for $343 million recently from Tiscali. Madness, I tell you. Graham Finnie, analyst with Heavy Reading agrees. “That’s an awful lot of money. It’s an impressive plan, but where’s the differential that will allow them to make any money?” Like him I agree that there are just too many players, many flirting with disaster. Still its fun to watch… more fun than watching Comcast struggle with its DNS servers.

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