European Competitive Telecommunications Association

09 Nov

WESTFORD, Mass., November 9, 2007 - Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, today announced that BT Group, one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services, has selected Sonus as an official 21CN vendor to supply an Access Gateway Control Function (AGCF) capability to support BT's 21st Century Network programme (21CN). The Sonus solution will enable communications providers to interconnect with BT's 21CN and leverage its next-generation capabilities to provide converged multimedia services to end user customers.

21CN is BT's next generation network, an advanced communications network for the future. 21CN is designed to empower the end-user with control, choice and flexibility like never before and offer communications services from anywhere to any device. This ambitious and exciting programme will enable a new generation of rich personalized services, transforming people's personal and business lives, said George Nazi, Managing Director, 21CN Core Convergence, BT Group. For us, the move to IP is about more than technology, it is about changing the way people communicate. We've selected Sonus Networks for AGCF based on its proven ability to consolidate complex networks and systems.

16 Oct

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


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.

19 Jun

London, UK, 19 June 2007 - Interoute, owner of Europe's most advanced next-generation voice and data network, has announced a new innovation that makes corporate voice calls as easy to manage and as cost effective as email, and all without the need for costly new hardware or complex integration issues.

The new service called Interoute One makes unified communications easy to set up and will drastically reduce call costs, slash migration time to VoIP-based telephony and offer a secure corporate service.

16 May

Cuatrecasas has recruited Juan Manuel Ruiz Aizpuru as a partner of the firm in its Bilbao office. Until now, Mr. Ruiz Aizpuru was director of legal services for Spain and Europe at BBVA, the bank at which he developed his professional career.

The new Cuatrecasas partner joined BBVA in 1976 in Banco Vizcaya's Central Litigation Department and has held various positions within the bank's legal services. He was director of legal services for the Basque Country, director of legal consultancy for the Industrial Group, director of legal consultancy for Diversification, Corporate and International Banking, and deputy director-general and director of legal consultancy for Banking Business and Diversification. Since 2003, he was the bank's director of legal services for Spain and Europe.

09 May

This award joins the recent IFLR award for best Spanish law firm and that received by its IT director for most innovative CIO 2006.

Cuatrecasas has been selected as one of the best independent European firms in the sixth edition of the Trophes du Droit, which the prestigious legal journal Decideurs presents among the leading law firms and business legal consultancy agencies in the French market.

16 Mar

The firm received in London the prestigious IFLR Spanish Law Firm of the Year award 2007

On Friday, March 16, Cuatrecasas held its annual Partners Assembly in the Portuguese town of Cascais. The agreements the firm's governing body adopted include the appointment of the following 21 lawyers as partners of Cuatrecasas: Juan Antonio Aguayo Escalona, Luis lvarez de la Vega Gaztelu, Ignacio Azkue Fernandez, Vasco Bivar Azevedo, Javier Carvajal Garc­a-Valdecasas, Paulo Castro Rangel, Joaqu­n Cuesta Domi­nguez, Carlos Ferrer Haro, Pedro Antonio Gil Palencia, Miguel Guerrero Acosta, Rafael Hinojosa Segovia, Eva Lasuncin Pats, Iigo de Luisa Ma­z, Francisco Mlaga Di©guez, Josep Marsal Fortuny, Luis Monts Reig, Ramn Oliver de Querol, Alberto Palacios Viado, M Jess Parra Prez, Antonio Pip Malgosa and Nuno S Carvalho.

15 Mar

Munich, March 15th 2007 - Telenor, one of Europe´s leading carriers, has launched Telenor's Ring Back Tone Service Ventetoner based on the technology of the European Computer Telecoms Group (ECT). From a shared central installation in Norway, the platform is enabled for eventual operations in other countries at a later stage. ECT has provided similar multi-country implementations in a number of important projects, addressing the typical double pressure on carriers to cut costs while at the same time introducing new and innovative services.

In order to minimize the organizational resources for administration, Telenor is using the interfaces available with the ECT solution to outsource all marketing and provisioning to multiple content providers. ECT provided the complete solution within 16 weeks from order to final acceptance.

06 Mar

The firm's new partner, a former Supreme Court lawyer and Director General of Town Planning and Development in the Andalucian Government, will head the Public Law Area in the Seville office.

22 Feb

Luis Murillo Jaso, as a partner in the Zaragoza office, will head the firm's team of specialists in the audiovisual sector.

Joan Hortal, state finance inspector, will direct a general taxation team in Barcelona

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