ECTA and members create the House of Competition
ECTA and its members create the House of Competition
Brussels, 16 June 2016: ECTA and several of its members: 1&1, BREKO, Fastweb and VATM have the pleasure to announce the creation of the House of Competition.
This project has emerged from a common vision: the idea that efficient investments in digital networks and innovative services are driven by effective competition. "Members of the House of Competition are fully committed to promote fair competition so that all players can invest in the digital future; focusing on competition as an objective will lead to the best connectivity for citizens and businesses in the Digital Single Market” underlined Gijs Phoelich, Chairman of ECTA.
"Joining the House of Competition was an easy decision to make", underscored Martin Witt, CEO of 1&1 and President of VATM. "With joint forces we will now set the course towards a Gigabit Society. For me this includes giving preferential treatment to future proof networks, ensuring fair competition for investments, maximizing network capacity utilization and providing affordable prices. I’m convinced that those cornerstones with competition as a number ONE priority for the review of the regulatory framework will lead to a far reaching connectivity.”
"Preserving competition should not only be a concern for alternative operators as it affects the whole value chain. Safeguarding competition at all levels will also enable all the other stakeholders to develop. We are proposing a win-win scenario to illustrate this vision of the world with benefits both for the end-users and for the telecoms industry, the key factors for success being the disruptive role of altnets. Altnets have always innovated and delivered new services and bundles, which in turn pushed the incumbents to catch-up and invest” highlighted Alberto Calcagno, CEO of Fastweb
"At times of technological transition, it is recurrent that former monopolists attempt to re-gain and abuse market power, squeezing out competitors. Today we have a choice to make, either we allow anti-competitive behaviour and remonopolisation of the markets to reach short-term benefits or we let competition pave the way towards a fibre-based Gigabit Society” stressed Norbert Westfal, President of BREKO.
The house of competition is open to everyone who firmly believes in the benefits of competition in driving innovation, efficient investments, future-proof connectivity, real choice and affordable prices for citizens and businesses. Only a vibrantly competitive Digital Single Market can deliver genuine long-term benefits for all end-users.
The House of competition is located on Rue de Trèves 49, 1040 Brussels.
ECTA (the European Competitive Telecommunications Association - www.ectaportal.com) is the pan-European pro-competitive trade association that represents more than 100 of the leading challenger telecoms operators across Europe. For over a decade, ECTA has been supporting the regulatory and commercial interests of telecoms operators, ISPs & equipment manufacturers in pursuit of a fair regulatory environment that allows all electronic communications providers to compete on level terms. Our members have been the leading innovators in Internet services, broadband, business communications, entertainment and mobile.
Aurélie Bladocha, Senior Public Affairs Manager (+32 478 78 61 00/ firstname.lastname@example.org).