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New York/Rome — Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has abandoned a project backed by his predecessor to create a single national fibre network controlled by Telecom Italia, in a bid to boost competition among carriers and employ a wider set of technologies including 5G services.

The government’s project to improve the country’s digital services will be structured around competitive tenders in multiple areas and will be designed to grant wholesale access to third parties, a senior government official said...

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