European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Established in 1998, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association is the leading pan-European telecoms association promoting market liberalisation and competition in the European communications sector.  ECTA is a ‘Non for profit’ trade association seeking to promote and foster a regulatory environment for the European communications sector which supports free market competition and leads to political, social and economic benefits for all Europe’s businesses and consumers.

Including members of its Affiliate member associations, ECTA represents more than 100 communications service provider companies, including leaders in the following market segments throughout Europe:

  • Alternative providers of consumer broadband and triple-play
    • First to launch Internet dial-up
    • First to launch triple play, first to launch high speed broadband ADSL2+
    • Early/Major investors in FttP (FttB/H)
  • Providers of pan-European/global services to businesses
    • First to launch IP-VPN, first to launch Ethernet services
    • Early/Major investors in FttP (FttO)
  • Challenger mobile/wireless network operators and service providers

ECTA's mission is to promote and foster a regulatory environment for the European Communications Sector which ultimately supports free market competition and leads to political, social and economic benefits for all Europe’s businesses and consumers with:

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist and encourage market liberalisation and competition
  • Represent the telecommunications industry to key government and regulatory bodies
  • Maintain a forum for networking and business development throughout Europe
  • Assist new market entrants through pro-competitive policies
  • Continually reflect the dynamic nature of the telecommunications industry

Core Principles

  • Consumers are best protected by competition
  • Service development is driven by consumer choice 
  • Regulation should create confidence 
  • Tariffs should be reasonable and straightforward 
  • Regulators should not pick winners or losers 
  • Incumbents must not be allowed to prevent competition
  • Pan-European solutions are needed for Pan-European problems

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