European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Hubertus von Roenne elected Chairman of ECTA
Calls for firm measures from President Barroso to secure open pan-EU telecoms market

Brussels, 25 January 2010: The European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA) has announced the election of Hubertus von Roenne as chairman of the board of directors for 2010.

A German national, based in Paris , Mr von Roenne’s vision for his term as ECTA Chairman is to help build a truly pan-European competitive single market for communications in which consumers and businesses receive world-class services. His appointment coincides with the changeover of the European Commission in Brussels which sees the Dutch Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, assume responsibility for the ‘Digital Agenda’.

Dr von Roenne marked his appointment by writing to EU President Jose Manuel Barroso outlining ECTA’s 2020 vision for how communications should be exploited to deliver future growth and prosperity in Europe.

"We urge President Barroso to take the opportunity of the EU Spring Council in March to commit to a strategy of proactive measures in the telecoms sector that will open markets to competition and deliver a connected and competitive Europe in the decade to come,”commented Dr von Roenne.

He cited four key areas that the EU must address:

  1. take action to enforce telecoms rules and open markets fully to competition
  2. Deploy open fibre networks to support innovation in high speed services
  3. Create a single market for business communications
  4. Boost competition in mobile markets to create seamless pan-European services

ECTA has asked to meet with President Barroso to discuss these points further once the new Commission is confirmed.

ECTA also elected Tom Ruhan as Vice Chairman and Luis Reis as Treasurer.

For further info rmation please contact Ilsa Godlovitch , Director, ECTA
Tel: +32 2 227 2718

Dr. Hubertus Freiherr von Roenne
Dr Hubertus Freiherr von Roenne is a longtime business professional in the European Telecoms & Internet Industries. For the past 10 years he has been leading major international transactions in the Telecoms industry - at AOL and since 2006 at BT. His mission is to create borderless ICT services to boost the productivity of international companies in the European Marketplace. For several years prior to assuming business responsibilities, Hubertus acted as a specialist lawyer advising Telecoms and Internet companies mainly on regulatory and market entry matters. He was also involved in the rapid growth of the Internet meeting platform "First Tuesday", for which he was Managing Director in Germany in 2000.

Hubertus has studied law & philosophy in Heidelberg , New York and Berlin , was awarded a doctorate in law from Humboldt-University Berlin . He has acted as an adviser to the German Parliament and has been an active board member of ECTA since 2004. 
A German national, Hubertus lives in Paris , is married to an English wife and has three children.

About ECTA
The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) looks after the regulatory and commercial interests of new entrant telecoms operators, ISPs and suppliers of products and services to the communications industry. 
ECTA works for a fair regulatory environment that allows all electronic communications providers to compete on level terms in order to multiply investment and innovation throughout an effective European internal market.  The association represents the telecommunications industry to key government and regulatory bodies and maintains a forum for networking and business development. 
ECTA  member companies include operators, service providers and suppliers as well as National Associations of such which all contribute towards regulatory policy development and participate in our comprehensive range of networking events, conferences, seminars, briefings and executive meetings.

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