Deutsche Telekom is looking to raise its profile in the health-care market by upping its stake in IT services provider HMM Deutschland, which specializes in the networking of health insurance firms with pharmacies and specialist medical suppliers. The German incumbent will now own more than 49.9 percent of HMM. (See Deutsche Telekom Boosts Health-Care Biz and Health Care: A Long-Term ROI Commitment.)
Italy's lower house of parliament has passed legislation opening up the country's telecom market, reports Reuters, in the process possibly upsetting the European Commission and Telecom Italia. The new rules allow, among other things, operators to use third-party firms for maintenance and related operations on network capacity rented from the incumbent operator.