European Competitive Telecommunications Association

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

19 Nov

WESTFORD, Mass. and SWINDON, UK, November 19, 2007 - Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, today announced it had been selected by BT Conferencing to develop scalable customer conferencing solutions. BT Conferencing is a market leader in business communications solutions, including audio, video and web conferencing.

Deployment of the Sonus platform within BT Conferencing's global infrastructure will allow for existing customer reservationless solutions to be expanded and scaled to meet demand, whilst retaining their existing call access numbers. New customers will benefit from the improved scalability that the solution provides using a single set of access numbers for their reservationless service. By simplifying the experience, BT Conferencing aims to encourage customers to utilize the service more frequently.

13 Nov


Brussels, 13 November 2007: ECTA backs Commission plans for enhanced competition for next generation access networks.

Key elements of the framework are functional separation, the extended definition of access to include fibre and the commitment to deliver a truly single market

Brussels, 13 November 2007 - ECTA today congratulated the European Commission for proposing a package which will accelerate Europe's broadband development by giving national regulators the tools to break down monopolies and deliver consistent results across the single market.

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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.

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