European Competitive Telecommunications Association

18 Feb


ECTA urges European policy-makers to approve powers for functional separation as competitive impetus wanes

Brussels, 18 February 2008 – The pro-competition body ECTA, today called for stronger powers for regulators to implement competition rules, as it publishes the results of its twice-yearly survey on broadband take-up and competitiveness in Europe. The survey shows that while one in five people (20%) in Europe now subscribe to a broadbandreduced across Europe, with the retail market share of incumbents persisting at close to 50% and connection, competitive impetus has reduced across Europe, with the retail market share of incumbents persisting at close to 50% and slow growth of 10% in broadband connections.

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13 Feb

BARCELONA, Spain and WESTFORD, Mass., February 13, 2008 – Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, today announced the latest release of its industry-leading software platform. Sonus Release 7.1 delivers a new level of IP-voice capabilities, further leveraging Sonus’ field-proven distributed architecture for growth markets such as wireless, business services and emerging geographies.

Sonus Release 7.1 solves many of the challenges for operators in Eastern Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia through signaling and regulatory support that these operators must deliver, including local number portability and lawful intercept enhancements. This latest software platform reduces capital and operating costs with new voice codec support to efficiently combine mobile and fixed line traffic.

12 Feb

BARCELONA, Spain and WESTFORD, Mass., February 12, 2008 – Today at Mobile World Congress (Booth #2E58 & 2E66) in Barcelona, Spain, Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, showcased its Centralized Call Routing Database. Demonstrating its commitment to wireless operators around the globe, Sonus Networks’ Centralized Call Routing Database answers wireless network operators demands for advanced IP solutions that drive network efficiency and streamline the rollout of network expansions.

“Mobile operators around the globe are addressing consumers’ insatiable appetite for wireless services and increased connectivity. With flat-rate pricing plans and increasing competition, network efficiency is a prime concern in the mobile industry,” said Vikram Saksena, chief technology officer, Sonus Networks. “Sonus is continually advancing its mobility solutions to improve wireless networks efficiency, which translates into valuable cost savings.”

08 Feb

WESTFORD, Mass., February 8, 2008 – Today’s mobile operators are moving rapidly toward next-generation wireless technologies that provide enhanced consumer experiences both in the home and at work. At Mobile World Congress 2008, Sonus will demonstrate solutions that enable mobile operators to not only expand their features, but also reduce operating costs. Held in Barcelona, Spain from February 11th – 14th, operators from around the globe will experience the capabilities that Sonus brings to their mobile broadband networks and how a Sonus wireless solution can leverage this broadband network for voice, while personalizing the consumers’ overall experience.

With more than 13 billion minutes of wireless IP-Voice traffic running across its networks, Sonus has established a foothold in this rapidly growing segment of the market. Underscoring, the Company’s commitment to bringing IP-Voice to the wireless market, Hassan Ahmed the Company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, has been invited to participate in the GSMA Leadership Summit on February 11th. This distinguished event brings together CEOs from the world’s most influential mobile companies to discuss the issues that impact the future of the mobile world. Last year’s event set in motion many of the GSMA's central strategic initiatives.

25 Jan


Genna is re-confirmed as Chairman of ECTA

Brussels, 25 January 2008 – It was announced today that the newly elected board of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) has elected Innocenzo Genna, representative of AIIP, as Chairman of the Association, and Richard Lalande, representative of Aforst, the French Association of Network & Telecom Service Operators, as Vice-Chairman. The new ECTA Board consists of 11 directors representing key members of the pro-competitive operators association: Aforst, AIIP, Apritel, British Telecom, Cisco, FastWeb, Global Crossing, Verizon, Vonage, TDC-Song and Wind.

15 Jan

WESTFORD, Mass., January 15, 2008 – Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, today announced it entered 2008 achieving a historic voice network milestone. Leveraging Sonus’ industry leading, breakthrough technology for voice networks, operators now report that they have carried over one trillion minutes in aggregate on their Sonus-based networks. With Sonus-based networks deployed in more than 50 countries, operators around the world are setting new standards for next-generation communications by delivering unparalleled quality of service, reliability and unique service creation opportunities.

According to a report entitled, “VoIP Minutes and Subscribers: 3Q07 Update,” issued by iLocus, approximately 40% of all long distance IP-based voice traffic is carried over Sonus Networks’ IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-ready networks, more than three times its nearest competitor. At the end of 2007, Sonus-based networks carried 36 billion IP-voice minutes per month.

02 Jan

(January 2, 2007, Washington, D. C.)  Steptoe & Johnson LLP today announced it will open a Chicago office in January.

Nine partners whose practices focus on commercial, insurance and reinsurance litigation will join Steptoe from Gardner Carton & Douglas Chicago office. Together with recent additions in DC and in a new Steptoe office in Century City, this group represents a further step toward the firm's goal of expanding its national litigation footprint. The group joining from Gardner Carton will total 15 to 20 staff and attorneys.

07 Dec

WESTFORD, Mass., December 17, 2007 - Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, announced today that Synergy Research Group, a leading independent industry analysis firm, has named Sonus Networks the market share leader in key segments of the IP-voice market in its 3Q07 Service Provider Worldwide VoIP Market Share Report. In the high density gateway market, Synergy Research reported Sonus market leadership position increased on a global basis to 31.4%. The firm also reported Sonus as the market leader, calculated by revenue, in North America, in Japan and, for the first time, in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

28 Nov


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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26 Nov
  • Tiscali has achieved the results of the industrial plan presented in October 2006 and has completed the transition from an Internet Service Provider to a provider of integrated telecommunication services, delivering the announced financial targets

  • This strategic plan updates the previous one and aims at strengthening the strategic positioning of the Group, at maximizing value creation in the short/medium term by investing in infrastructure and new services which will allow to compete in more complex competitive arenas

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