is the largest Italian telecommunications company
, also active in the media
industries. Now a private concern listed on the Borsa Italiana
, it was founded in 1994 by the merger of several state-owned telecommunications companies, the most important of which was Società Italiana per l'Esercizio Telefonico p.A.
(known as SIP
in line with the earlier Società Idroelettrica Piemontese
- Piemontese hydroelectric society), the monopoly
telephone operator in Italy.
The company operates landline
telephone services in Italy, GSM
mobile phone services in Italy and Brazil
through its TIM
subsidiary, and DSL
internet and telephony services under the brand Alice in Italy and San Marino
. It also owns a stake in Telecom Argentina
. Telecom Italia also controls one of the main Italian television companies, Telecom Italia Media
, and owns Olivetti
, the manufacturer of computer peripheral
and other hardware.
Telecom Italia was created in 1994 by the merger of several telecommunications companies among which Sip, Iritel, Italcable, Telespazio
In 1995 the mobile telephony division was spun off into Tim
(Telecom Italia Mobile). Interbusiness, Italy’s largest Internet network, was created and around the same time with TIN (Telecom Italia Net) and the first ISPs, Internet became a reality in Italy too.
In 1996 Tim
was one of the first companies in the world to introduce a new......