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Telecom Italia to Launch IPTV Service

According to Dow Jones News, Telecom Italia SpA will start the rollout of its new broadband-TV service December 2, thereby completing a trio of Internet, voice and video services in which it will invest EUR350 million through to 2008, Chief Executive Riccardo Ruggiero said Monday.

"With the launch of the video-on-demand and video-live offers we complete our triple-play offer, which allows customers to get Internet, voice and TV services with a single subscription," Ruggiero said at a press conference.

Fastweb SpA is the only Italian operator to already offer triple-play services on its fiber optic network. Telecom Italia, Italy's leading telecommunications operator, already provides broadband video services on PC.

From December 2 it will launch IPTV, in Rome, Milan, Bologna and Palermo. Ruggiero said Telecom Italia will extend the service from January to 21 other cities and aims to reach 250 cities, or 8 million households, by the end of 2006.

In addition, the Milan-based company will next year boost the speed of its broadband connection in Italy to 20 megabits, as well as in France and Germany where it will also launch its new IPTV service.

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