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Telecom Italia CEO says board not discussing any changes to business plan


Thursday, 17 May 2018 

May 17 (Reuters) - Telecom Italia CEO Amos Genish tells analysts on a post-results call: :SHIFT TO FULL-MONTH BILLING WILL BE MOSTLY FELT IN Q2.NOT WORRIED ABOUT CHANGES IN ITALIAN GOVERNMENT, BELIEVES ANY NEW GOVERNMENT WILL BE INTERESTED IN FAVOURING NETWORK INVESTMENTS.FEELS HAS FULL SUPPORT FROM NEW BOARD TO DELIVER 2018-20 BUSINESS PLAN.CHANGE TO FULL-MONTH BILLING WILL HAVE IMPACT OF ONLY "TENS OF MILLIONS OF EUROS OVER THE YEAR".EXPECTS NEGOTIATION PROCESS WITH REGULATOR ON PROPOSED SEPARATION OF NETWORK TO BE CONCLUDED BY YEAR-END.ASKED ABOUT STATE LENDER CDP'S PARALLEL INVESTMENT IN OPEN FIBER, SAYS SO FAR SEES NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST, CDP ONLY A FINANCIAL INVESTOR IN TIM.TOWERS UNIT INWIT IS STRATEGIC, BRAZIL UNIT ALSO STRATEGIC AND NOT FOR SALE.ANY CONSOLIDATION OPPORTUNITIES IN BRAZILIAN MARKET SHOULD BE ASSESSED CAREFULLY, UNIT LUCRATIVE ASSET ON A STANDALONE BASIS.NO CHANGES TO BUSINESS PLAN BEING DISCUSSED AT BOARD LEVEL.HAS OPEN MIND REGARDING POTENTIAL IPO OF FIXED LINE NETWORK, REITERATES COMPANY INSISTS ON KEEPING CONTROL.