European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Thank you

A warm thank you for having made the event a success to our distinguished keynote speaker, Mr Alberto Bacchiega, to our distinguished panelists Ms Rita Wezenbeek, Mr Emmanuel Gabla, MS Tiziana Talevi, Dr Marc Schütze, Mr Pablo Freire, to our distinguished moderator Mr Feyo Sickinghe and ,thank you to all participants.

Watch the Welcome note by Luc Hindryckx, Director General, ecta here

Download the presentations here


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  • 17h00 Registration
  • 17h30 Welcome

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Mr Luc Hindryckx

Director General, ecta

  • 17h40 Keynote

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Mr Alberto Bacchiega

Director, Markets and cases II: Information, Communication and Media, DG-Competition, European Commission

  • 18h00 - 19h20  Panel discussion: Copper switch-off: Regulation for a Successful Transition into the Fibre World
    • Moderator:

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Mr Feyo Sickinghe

Principal Regulatory Counsel, Bird & Bird

    • Panellists:

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Ms Rita Wezenbeek 

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Mr Emmanuel Gabla                               

Director Platforms and acting Director Connectivity, DG-Connect, European Commission Member of the Arcep Executive Board, BEREC Vice-Chair 2022         

 Marc Schutze

Dr Marc Schütze

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Ms Tiziana Talevi

Vice President Regulation, Group United Internet and 1&1 at 1&1 Versatel, ecta board member, VATM board Member
Director of Regulatory Affairs & Competition, Iliad

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Mr Pablo Freire

Chief Strategy Officer, MÁSMÓVIL Group 


  • 19h20 - 21h00 Networking reception



Thon Hotel EU

Rue de La Loi 75, Brussels, 1040, Belgium

The access to the event is also possible via the "Thon Passage " next to 18 rue Jacques de Lalaing


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ecta, the european competitive telecommunications association (, represents those alternative operators who, relying on the pro-competitive EU legal framework that has created a free market for electronic communications, have helped overcome national monopolies to give EU citizens, businesses and public administrations quality and choice at affordable prices. ecta represents at large those operators who are driving the development of an accessible Gigabit society, who represent significant investments in fixed, mobile and fixed wireless access networks that qualify as Very High Capacity Networks and who demonstrate unique innovation capabilities.


The VATM, the German Association of Telecommunications and Value-Added Service Providers represents more than 160 telecommunications and multimedia companies active in the German market. All of them compete with the ex-monopolist Deutsche Telekom AG. The Association represents about 80 percent of the private service providers in this sector by revenue. Since 1998 competitors made investments of more than 58.1 billion €. Since 2002, they made significantly more than 50 per cent of the total investments in the market annually. In Germany they secure directly over 54.300 jobs. The Association seeks to create competitive conditions that will provide all participants in the market with a fair chance to succeed, and to operate in a stable regulatory framework and investment climate. A significant function of the VATM is the public presentation of the common interests of its member companies. Its demands on policymakers and regulators as well as its comments and interpretations of decisions relevant to the market are conveyed via regular press releases. Its analyses of the telecommunications markets as well as various studies of specific problem areas further improve and sensitize the general public for the situation of the competitive carriers. Its offices in Brussels and Berlin enable the Association to intensify the necessary dialogue with relevant institutions and political decision makers..

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