European Competitive Telecommunications Association

08 Jun
2006

VDSL MONOPOLY THREAT TO BROADBAND IN GERMANY

ECTA calls on regulator to ensure effective access

Brussels, 8 June 2006 - Germany's growth in broadband penetration, which currently stands at 14% and at the low end of the European Broadband League, could be in serious jeopardy if both the German government and telecoms regulator give in to the request from the incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, for a regulatory holiday on high-speed services based on vDSL technology, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) warned today.

16 May
2006

We are pleased to announce the launch of the ECTA Regulatory Review 2005 which summarises key highlights and regulatory achievements of ECTA and its working groups during 2005.

29 Mar
2006

ECTA DELEGATION MEETS EC PRESIDENT

CEOs from a number of ECTA's members met on 29 March 2006 with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and DG Information Society Commissioner, Viviane Reding. They discussed issues relating to the 2006 Review of the EU Telecoms Framework and their practical experience of operating across a range of countries.

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The business leaders emphasised the need for effective regulation to overcome competitive bottlenecks in the telecoms sector and drive investment and innovation. Further details are provided in the press release issued following the meeting.

28 Feb
2006

LACK OF COMPETITIVENSS HAS COST EUROPE 20 MILLION BROADBAND LINES, STUDY FINDS

A report published today by a leading economics consultancy has concluded that Europe could gain an additional 20 million broadband lines if regulators take action to increase competition.

In Broadband in the EU: the importance of dynamic competition to broadband growth, SPC Network examined broadband take-up and the intensity of competition across 21 countries as reported in ECTA's quarterly Broadband Scorecard. The study found that the adoption of broadband accelerates when the market opens up and more choice is made available for users.

19 Jan
2006

INTERNATIONAL ROAMING: ECTA SUPPORTS COMMISSIONER REDING

BRUSSELS – ECTA supports EU Commissioner Viviane Reding’s proposal to introduce EU Regulation with direct effect to counter excessive international roaming charges.

ECTA concurs with Commissioner Reding that despite numerous initiatives on a national and European level, customers continue to pay unjustifiably high international roaming charges. Lack of price-transparency continues to be a major problem for consumers and business users.

Click here for full details of press release

05 Dec
2005

EUROPE'S STARK CHOICE: OPEN MARKETS OR STAGNATION

Member States taken to task for depriving their markets of further investment by protecting monopolies; Call for competition to remain at the heart of the 2006 Telecoms review

Brussels, 2 December 2005 - A new Jones Day and SPC Network study finds that investment in the EU telecoms sector could be put at risk if governments and regulators allow historic telecoms monopolies to re-establish their grip on the market. The Regulatory Scorecard, commissioned by ECTA, concludes that across 16 EU countries, investment in telecoms has suffered where regulation has failed to tackle dominant companies, whilst countries that have opened their markets to competition by imposing effective regulation have stormed ahead.

08 Nov
2005

EU E-COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY REGRETS TODAY EP VOTE, PUTTING EUROPE'S COMPETITIVENESS AND INFORMATION SOCIETY AT STAKE

Brussels – E-communications services providers, through their trade associations, regret that members of the European Parliament did not support the amendments of theParliament’s own Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee by rejecting the Report of Mr. Alvaro MEP. In doing so, the Parliament has failed to take the opportunity to rectify a text that still raises major concerns about the technical feasibility and proportionality of proposed measures. Furthermore, despite strong protestations from MEPs that any Directive must aim towards a harmonisation of data retention measures, the text adopted today provides very little harmonisation.

28 Jul
2005

E-COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDERS CALL FOR FURTHER DIALOGUE ON DATA RETENTION AT EU LEVEL

Newcastle - Europe's e-communications service providers called upon EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to pursue an open consultation with the industry before adopting any mandatory data retention measures.  Newcastle - Europe's e-communications service providers called upon EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to pursue an open consultation with the industry before adopting any mandatory data retention measures.  Newcastle - Europe's e-communications service providers called upon EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to pursue an open consultation with the industry before adopting any mandatory data retention measures. 

26 May
2005

E-COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDERS REMAIN SERIOUSLY CONCERNED WITH THE AGREEMENT REACHED BY EU JUSTICE MINISTERS TO STORE RECORDS OF EVERY E-MAIL, PHONE CALL, FAX AND TEXT MESSAGE

Brussels - Following agreement at last week's Justice and Home Affairs Council, E-communications service providers, through their trade associations, urge that the European Parliament extends the more balanced approach adopted with respect to traditional telephony services, and in particular on unsuccessful calls and mobile location data, to EU online services.

16 Feb
2005

ECTA URGES GREATER ROLE FOR COMPETITION IN DELIVERING UNIVERSAL SERVICE

ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, has called on the European Commission to thoroughly review its thinking on universal service to promote a more competition-driven approach to meeting consumer needs. In its response to the Commission's Review of the scope of universal service, ECTA suggests that, in future, if regulators put in place strong mechanisms to promote competition such as "access", we can move from the current situation, where the incumbent is expected to deliver universal service, to one where operators compete to offer a wide variety of voice and Internet services to consumers.

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