European Competitive Telecommunications Association



After 20 years: Competition past, present and future

Where competition in the EU telecommunications industry has been, where it is and where it will go

As more and more sectors are going digital and embracing connectivity, the question of competitive offers arises anew. Today, the ability to offer intuitive, flexible and reliable communications solutions is becoming important to an ever larger range of businesses.

The ecta Regulatory Conference 2018 will therefore focus on the questions of how to protect and stimulate telecoms competition and its role in the digital transformation of the European economy as a whole. Twenty years after the full liberalisation of telecommunications in the EU, do the successes of competition remain viable or have they come under threat? What will future telecoms and telecoms-enabled competition look like, and how well do current and prospective tools match evolving market realities?

ecta invites old, new and forthcoming competitors and those who take an interest in the competitive well-being of communications markets alike to hear experts from operational, policy and regulatory contexts discuss these questions and to contribute to the debate. Keynotes, panel sessions and midday briefings as well as networking opportunities provide the ideal setting to review what has been achieved, grasp imminent changes under the European Electronic Communications Code and envisage future prospects for competition.

With this year’s conference, ecta not only marks its unwavering commitment of two decades to accompany liberalised telecoms markets on their path to competition. We also want to stress that competitive telecommunications are not a done deal, and that the policy vision of a Gigabit society critically depends on them.

Below you see a range of the topics across which these points will be discussed. Join us for the event and have your say. We hope to see you there.



  • The competition challenges in the race to 5G 
  • The European Electronic Communications Code and its implementation
  • Investment risk and WACC determination in regulatory proceedings
  • Emerging EU regulation of online platforms
  • Access in the Data Economy
  • Wholesale Access: How virtual products impact competition
  • Open Internet: Which future for net neutrality and what about operating systems and app stores?
  • Consolidation in the telecoms industry: Boon or bane for EU welfare?
  • Competing for connected mobility: The role of telecommunications


Confirmed speakers


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Highlights from last year's conference 


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At the occasion of the ecta Regulatory Conference 2017, several participants expressed their views on the importance of competition in the telecommunications sector and the role ecta is playing in promoting it. You can have a look at these interventions in the video herafter: 


Who should attend?

ecta's conferences are considered to be some of the primary regulatory and competition events for the European communications sector and attract key officials from Europe’s policy-making institutions; European Commission, Parliament and Ministries plus a range of representatives from European Regulators and Competition authorities. Our events provide one of the most important policy-debating forums on electronic communications policy for senior executives, finance/strategy directors, legal, regulatory, economics, public affairs personnel and competition specialists from European, US and Asia-Pac incumbent/alternative operators as well as representatives from law firms, consultancies, financial organisations, analysts and researchers focused on the impact of regulation and competition on the communications sector.

ecta conferences also attract a wide range of international guests - please click here for more information about travelling from abroad.


The ecta Regulatory Conference, now in its 15th year, has become the annual meeting place for Europe's electronic communication policy makers and industry leaders.  In addition to the timely and topical conference programme, the event provides an ideal environment in which to network with peers and senior decision makers.  Morning coffee, refreshments breaks, networking lunches and evening cocktail reception provide the perfect opportunities for sharing views with fellow stakeholders and policy makers.

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Click here for details of how to register and registration fees.

Free attendance is available for EU institutional representatives (subject to availability - limited number of places available) and Press.

Sponsorship opportunities

The annual ecta Regulatory Conference provides a unique platform from which to raise profile, influence policy and develop new business in the European telecommunications sector.

Click here for details of sponsorship opportunities.

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