European Competitive Telecommunications Association

08 Dec
2009

New Commission must reinvigorate the single market and strengthen its commitment to competition
ECTA conference debates priorities for the Digital Economy


Brussels, 8 December 2009; Key policy-makers from European Parliament and EU Council Presidency will debate the priorities for the incoming European Commission alongside industry leaders at the 10th annual ECTA conference being held in Brussels today.
The opening session, which features speeches from the Swedish and Spanish Communications Ministers and Pilar del Castillo, the MEP in charge of the Parliament’s report on Europe’s digital agenda, will focus debate on how to ensure a renewed impetus behind liberalized telecoms under the new administration.

24 Nov
2009

The debate is over:  now we expect action
ECTA looks to new Commission to reinvigorate the single market and strengthen its commitment to competition during the next five years

Brussels, 24 November 2009 – As the Telecoms package is approved today in Strasbourg the European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA) looks to the newly appointed Commission to reinvigorate the single market for competition and promote a level playing field across the EU27.
The Telecoms Package contains important proposals that confirm Europe’s commitment to open and competitive telecoms markets including the power for regulators to separate dominant firms if they fail to abide by competition rules and a clear signal that fibre networks should be opened for competition.

29 Oct
2009

ECTA Welcomes Commissions’ Digital Dividend proposals and calls for pro-competitive measures
Congratulates Mrs Reding on taking one, European approach instead of 27 national ones

Brussels, 29 October 2009 – The European Competitive Telecoms Association, ECTA, welcomes the Commission’s Digital Dividend proposals due at the end of this month, which make recommendations to allocate the airwaves (spectrum) that will be freed up and made available for mobile broadband in a number of Member States in the coming years as analogue TV is switched off.   It particularly congratulates the Commissioner for fostering one, European approach rather than 27 national ones
However ECTA highlights that the competitive consequences of Digital Dividend spectrum allocation need to be specifically addressed.   If competition is allowed to flourish, ECTA believes that the harmonizing and coordination measures the Commission has put forward for allocating the 800 MHz band have the potential to usher in a whole new era of high speed digital services for European consumers. 

17 Sep
2009

ECTA welcomes Commission state aid rules on high speed broadband
Sees enhanced role for Governments to promote open and future

Brussels, 17 September 2009 – ECTA welcomes the Commission’s new rules on state aid for fibre networks. As old copper lines are being replaced with fibre networks allowing unlimited speeds and a plethora of new, yet unimaginable services clarification of state aid rules is vital.

12 Jun
2009

ECTA CONDEMNS COMMISSION U-TURN ON TELECOMS COMPETITION

Brussels, 12 June 2009 – New proposals from the European Commission on ‘fibre access networks’ could allow dominant firms to escape regulation, limiting choice in TV and broadband services, ECTA warns. The Commission’s proposed “Recommendation on Next Generation Access” suggests that if incumbents make a deal with just one operator, they could avoid requirements to offer cost-based access allowing their rivals to offer alternative services.

11 Jun
2009

EMPIRIX LAUNCHES HAMMER SIP TRUNK TESTER - THE INDUSTRY'S ONLY SOLUTION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS TO AUTOMATE TESTING OF ENTERPRISE SIP TRUNKING SERVICE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

BEDFORD, Mass. USA, June 11th, 2009 – Empirix® Inc., the market leader of service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications, today announced the immediate availability of Hammer SIP Trunk Tester, the industry’s only tool for automated testing and verification of enterprise SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunking services. The system offers service providers an easy-to-use, automated tool that cost-effectively verifies media quality, provisioned capacity and other Quality-of-Service (QoS) metrics during service turn-up.

09 Jun
2009

Blanca Peraferrer Vayreda has joined the Cuatrecasas Barcelona office as of counsel. Before joining the firm, Ms. Peraferrer, a lawyer, was adviser to the director of the regional government's legal department.

The new of counsel has held other senior positions at the regional government, including: the legal department's chief-lawyer for litigation affairs; head of the Legal Resources and Assistance Area of the Department of the Interior's Legal Advisory Office; legal adviser in electoral law in all elections to the Parliament of Catalonia since 1992; legal adviser to different public entities and agencies dependant upon the Administration in their electoral procedures; and legal adviser in consumer law.

13 May
2009

Hammer XMS™ chosen for real-time monitoring and flexible, end-to-end reporting

BEDFORD, Mass. USA, May 13th, 2009 – Manx Telecom, part of the Telefónica S.A. group and the Isle of Man’s largest telecommunications and Internet provider, has selected Empirix® to provide service quality assurance for its new IMS network. The Hammer XMS system from Empirix will support the transition from the existing PSTN and ISDN infrastructure to the IMS network over the next 18 months and provide ongoing service monitoring throughout the network.

04 May
2009

DÁNIEL PATAKI, HEAD OF EUROPEAN SPECTRUM REGULATORS AND ECTA DISCUSS "BROADBAND FOR ALL”

4 May 2009: At a meeting today in Budapest, Dániel Pataki, chairman of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), bringing together Member States’ national spectrum regulators, and head of the Hungarian telecoms regulator NHH, and members of ECTA (European Competitive Telecommunications Association), representing European telecoms companies discussed how the so-called "digital dividend” and next generation networks such as wireless broadband can help achieve "broadband for all”. EU-wide broadband access will be key to ensuring growth and innovation in the EU telecoms sector and can benefit the economy as a whole.

Click here to view full press release (PDF 85KB)

22 Apr
2009

Another European cable operator turns to Hammer XMS™ to oversee the network

Cologne, Germany & Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, April 22nd, 2009, One of Germany’s largest cable network operators, Unitymedia, has chosen Hammer XMS from Empirix to monitor its Voice-over-IP (VoIP) network. Unitymedia offers all-inclusive TV, Internet and telephone services to over 4.7 million business and residential customers in Germany’s regional states of North Rhine Westphalia and Hesse.

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