European Competitive Telecommunications Association

28 Nov
2007

TELECOMS WATCHDOGS LACK POWERS TO FIGHT MONOPOLIES, STUDY FINDS

Benchmark of 19 European countries shows lowest prices, highest investment where regulators have strong tools to enforce EU pro-competition rules

Brussels, 28th November 2007  The powers and independence of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) have in many cases been restricted and their ability to enforce rules under the EU Telecoms Framework have been compromised, according to a report issued today by ECTA at its Regulatory Conference. The independence of the telecoms regulatory system from Government appears to affect the overall regulatory effectiveness of countries as measured under the 2007 ECTA Regulatory Scorecard. In particular, state ownership in telecoms companies seems to be particularly influential in determining overall effectiveness of telecoms regulation.

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13 Nov
2007

NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IS BEST PACKAGE TO DELIVER EUROPE'S BROADBAND FUTURE

Brussels, 13 November 2007: ECTA backs Commission plans for enhanced competition for next generation access networks.

Key elements of the framework are functional separation, the extended definition of access to include fibre and the commitment to deliver a truly single market

Brussels, 13 November 2007 - ECTA today congratulated the European Commission for proposing a package which will accelerate Europe's broadband development by giving national regulators the tools to break down monopolies and deliver consistent results across the single market.

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16 Oct
2007

UPDATE 2-No need for special mobile access rules-EU
Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:48 PM BST
(Releads with new entrants' reaction)
By Ingrid Melander

16 October 2007, Brussels (Reuters) - New telecoms operators in the EU on Tuesday denounced plans to ease regulations which guarantee them fair access to existing mobile providers' networks.

"We are absolutely opposed (to the move)," said Ilsa Godlovitch of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA). Her group represents new operators such as Neuf Cegetel (NEUF.PA: Quote,Profile, Research) of France and Virgin Media (VEMD.O: Quote,Profile, Research), which compete with former monopolies.

26 Jun
2007

EUROPEAN TELECOMS SECTOR LOST 16BILLION

ECTA uses Next Generation Access conference to announce lost investment as a result of weak and inconsistent regulation

Brussels, 26 June, 2007 - Telecoms industry body ECTA today used a conference on High Speed Broadband access, currently the most contentious issue facing EU telecoms regulators, to announce the highlights of its forthcoming Regulatory Scorecard Investment Report. The Report concludes that investment in telecommunications in Europe's 15 leading economies could have been as much as 16 billion higher if regulatory environments had been consistently more favourable to competition.

01 Feb
2007

ECTA urges clarity from BNetzA on higher-speed network Regulation

Momentum in growth of German broadband services is dependent on open markets.

Brussels, 1 February 2007 - ECTA's Broadband Scorecard for Q3 2006, released today, shows that Germany was a rare bright spot in a report which highlighted a significant slow down in Broadband uptake across Europe, falling from 23% to only 14% growth in the half year period before September 2006. The rapid growth in the take-up of broadband services in Germany coincides with altnets taking an increasing market share, reducing Deutsche Telekom's share in broadband services to below 50% Germany for the first time.

06 Dec
2006

Announcement of ECTA Board Election 6 December 2006

At the Association's Annual General Meeting held in London on 6 December 2006, the following were elected to the Board of Directors to serve two year terms commencing from 1 January 2007 (in alphabetical order by surname):

  • Richard Lalande, AFORS Telecom
  • Fabio Macaluso, Fastweb SpA
  • Raffaele Mosca, WIND
  • Hubertus von Roenne, BT Global Services
  • Craig Silliman, Verizon Business

16 Nov
2006

TELECOMS PROVIDERS URGE COMMISSIONER REDING TO ADOPT FUNCTIONAL SEPARATION

Brussels, 16 November 2006 - The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) today, at its annual Regulatory Conference, called for the Commission to adopt functional separation as a cornerstone of the Review of the Communications Framework. CEOs from ECTA's leading member companies met with Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media and a keynote speaker at ECTA's Regulatory Conference, to outline the pro-competition organisation's position on this and other critical issues. 

30 Aug
2006

BROADBAND PENETRATION IN ITALY IS LAGGING

Brussels, 30 August 2006 - Broadband penetration in Italy is falling behind other EU15 countries, and is now only better than Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Spain. With penetration at only 12.7%, it is well below the average of 14.1% across the 25 countries of the EU, according to the findings of new ECTA European Broadband Scorecard, the full results of which will be available in September.

28 Jun
2006

ECTA - GUARDED WELCOME TO THE COMMISSION'S FRAMEWORK FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Proof of success will be in reducing incumbent dominance

Brussels, 28 June 2006 - The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) today welcomed Commissioner Reding's proposal to strengthen competition in the telecoms sector. In particular, ECTA welcomed the debates on separating incumbents infrastructure and services businesses and on broadening the availability of radio spectrum. However, ECTA cautioned that the proposals to reduce regulation in the retail sector before competition is sustainable could back-fire.

14 Jun
2006

BROADBAND STUDY HIGHLIGHTS TWO-SPEED EUROPE

New member states slow in applying broadband access measures to support competition

New member states, which have yet to apply effective access measures, are falling behind in broadband adoption creating a two-speed Europe, the latest Broadband Scorecard shows. ECTA's quarterly report, which tracks broadband competition and take-up across the EU, finds that in January 2006 broadband take-up was just 2.4% in Slovakia and 2.6% in Poland compared with 13.3% in Estonia and 12.8% in Malta the highest performing of the new member states.

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