This excerpt taken from the TI 20-F filed Jun 21, 2007.
Regulatory frameworks in France and Germany
Telecom Italia is represented in France and Germany by some companies which market broadband products under the Alice brand.
The regulatory framework in these two countries is a national transposition of the European Framework defined by the European Directives contained in the 99 Review mentioned earlier.
The regulatory framework of both countries is therefore comparable to the Italian one, with responsibility being shared between the relevant Ministry and an independent Authority (Arcep in France, BNetzA in Germany). Here, too, individual markets with Significant Market Power operators (with their relative obligations) have been identified as a result of an analysis of the relevant markets in those countries.