European Competitive Telecommunications Association

29 Jan

Cuatrecasas ranked first in both Spain and the Iberian Peninsula in number of M&A deals, according to the 2007 league tables just launched by Mergermarket. Altogether, Cuatrecasas advised in 50 corporate acquisitions, hitting the leading position for two years in a row.

By value of the transactions advised in 2007, Cuatrecasas reached €63,064m, which brings it to the second position in this ranking for both Spain and the Iberian Peninsula.

“This is the result of a huge effort made by all our lawyers who have been in-volved in the deals, and reflects the dynamism of Spain’s economy and the repo-sitioning of our businessmen—with a high presence of foreign investors—specially during the first quarter of 2007,” said Corporate & Finance Coordinator Partner, Raimon Segura.

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27 Jan


Consumers benefit from better telecoms services and higher investment levels in countries where the national telecoms regulatory authority has strong powers and is active in using them, according to a report that will be published tomorrow by ECTA.

Brussels, 27 January 2009 – The pro competition body’s annual Regulatory Scorecard, which benchmarks the telecoms regulatory framework in 20 European countries, found that the effectiveness of regulation varies significantly across Europe and that the actions of the regulator have a strong influence on the development of high-speed broadband. The report also highlights how the competitiveness of multi-national European firms is being undermined by the variations in regulation, which push up the cost of building networks across Europe.

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08 Jan

STAINES, United Kingdom, January 8, 2009 – Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, today announced the next phase of its growth plans for Europe. The next-generation IP-Voice leader unveiled its plans today from its new European headquarters in Staines, just outside London. The company plans to expand into new countries with additional sales resources, bolster its R&D facility in the United Kingdom and add to its services capabilities in its Prague office.

26 Nov


ECTA warns Ministers against protecting monopolies on eve of crucial Telecoms Council vote on functional separation

Brussels, 26 November 2008 – ECTA today urged the Telecoms Council of Ministers at its meeting tomorrow (27th November) to grant national regulators the power to impose the remedy of functional separation. The pro-competition body believes that empowering Europe’s telecoms regulators is critical if the European ICT sector, which connects multi-national businesses representing 35% of Europe’s GDP, is to play its part in bringing the EU economies out of recession. An integral element of the recovery is for Europe’s businesses and consumers to benefit from next generation super high-speed services.

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03 Oct


Annual meeting of telecommunications stakeholders to debate next decade of regulatory decisions

Brussels, 3 October 2008 - ECTA’s annual Telecommunications Regulatory Conference, which attracts Europe’s leading policymakers, national authorities, regulators and operators, will take place in Brussels on 26-28th November, 2008. The conference comes at a critical time for the European telecommunications market, as the regulatory environment for next generation broadband access is determined.

The Conference, sponsored by KPMG and supported by pro-competition providers including BT, Cable & Wireless, Fastweb, TDC, Wind and Verizon Group, will provide one of the most important forums this year for open debate on the recently announced Framework Review proposals made by the European Parliament and the Commission.

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22 Sep

WESTFORD, MA and STAINES, UK, September, 22, 2008 - Sonus Networks, (Nasdaq: SONS), a market leader in IP communications infrastructure, and Interoute, the owner of an advanced next generation voice and data network in Europe, today announced that they are working together to increase the capacity of Interoute’s Virtual Voice Network (VVN) in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

16 Sep


ECTA calls for focus on availability and openness of fibre networks, warns against unprofitable duplication

Brussels, 16 September 2008 – Groundbreaking research published today by WIK, reveals that high fixed costs will limit the availability of super fast broadband to many European homes and rural businesses. France has the best prospect of fibre rollout, with viability to 25% of households. The study also shows that the economics simply do not stack up for competitive operators to duplicate costly infrastructure on a wide scale and that access to fibre is a win-win scenario as it improves the business case for all providers, to the ultimate benefit of consumers.  Click here for ECTA's full press release (PDF 94KB)

Click here for WIK press release (PDF 86KB)
Click here for executive summary of WIK NGA study  (PDF 161KB)
Click here for copy of WIK NGA study (ZIP PDF 1.91MB)

01 Sep


Super-speed broadband driven by competitive providers

ECTA calls for open access to fibre to boost broadband speeds and services

Brussels, 1st September 2008 – Europe now has over 100 million broadband subscribers according to the latest Broadband Scorecard released today by ECTA. The results of its twice-yearly survey also show that altnets, or competitive providers, and not the large incumbents which own much of the telecom infrastructure, are leading in provision of super broadband connection speeds above 10Mbits/sec, as well as driving the uptake of high-tech services. Speeds and services have become the next broadband battleground, according to the pro-competition body.

15 Jul

Newbury, UK - 15 July 2008 - Gamma Telecom has launched its new online Geographic Number Porting (GNP) software, removing the administrative burden of placing port orders. The software provides Channel Partners with the ability to log in via the centralised Gamma Portal and place orders online without the complication of completing paper forms or sending faxes.

Until now, porting has been a highly complex process, which has deterred many non-voice specialists from entering the Comms market. Gamma’s new software will automate the porting process, ensuring that the correct order types get sent to the appropriate order desks at the Losing Communication Provider (i.e. BT or other carriers).

10 Jul

Westford, MA., July 10, 2008 - Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS), a market leader in IP communications infrastructure, today announced that VeriSign, the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, has successfully demonstrated interoperability testing that will allow wireless, wireline and cable operators the ability to run number portability queries over IP-based networks.

The introduction of number portability regulation by many governments has, in some cases, increased the resources needed by carriers to complete the accurate transfer of calls. The implementation of Local Number Portability (LNP) has created the need for carriers to perform a LNP Query. This in turn has resulted in an elevated use of the carrier’s SS7 networks, and in some cases necessitates the need to purchase additional SS7 network capacity.

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