For Italian mobile operators it is common practice to allow some virtual operators to use their mobile network. TIM has always done it, but Vodafone, Wind and Three also allow some MVNO operators to use their own frequencies. It seemed, therefore, that Iliad, the fourth operator who will be coming to the Italian market by the end of the year, should follow the footsteps of competition.
Xavier Niel, founder of Iliad, clarified the issue during the Free 217 Convention that took place last Saturday when it emerged that a different brand from Free Mobile will emerge in Italy. The second emerging from the group meeting is that, at least initially, Iliad will not allow virtual operators to use their own network.
“For now we focus on our launch, which requires a lot of work”
With the real operators who launched their virtual operators and others who are considering the possibility of doing so, it does not seem that there are other virtual operators in the Italian market, especially if the deals of Iliad are as aggressive as those in France.