European Competitive Telecommunications Association

18 May
2017

ECTA today reiterates that it supports the European Commission’s proposal to insert an objective of access to, and take-up of, very high capacity data connectivity in the draft European Electronic Communications Code, alongside the established policy objectives, and particularly the promotion of competition. At the same time, ECTA stresses that it also shares several of the concerns expressed by BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, in a set of position papers on the draft Code (available here).

22 Mar
2017

Brussels, 22 March 2017: Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) discussed the draft report of MEP Pilar Del Castillo Vera (European People’s Party), on the Proposal for a Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).

ECTA has identified positive elements, such as:

  1. The removal of a mandatory three-year deployment forecast for network operators, which would have created a huge administrative burden in particular for smaller operators i;
  2. A proposed new right for network operators to access physical infrastructure controlled by public authorities (public buildings, street furniture, such as light poles, street signs, traffic lights, billboards, bus, tramway stops, metro stations)ii .

27 Feb
2017

EATA presents deployment roadmap, submits proposal for EU-wide project

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27 February 2017

The European Automotive Telecom Alliance (EATA) today presented the next steps to make connected and automated driving a reality. During a roundtable discussion chaired by European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and in the presence of Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, the telecoms and automotive industries reported the latest technology developments and the corresponding societal and economic benefits for European citizens.

06 Feb
2017

Brussels, 6 February 2017: MÁSMÓVIL Group, the fourth telecoms operator with a convergent service offering in the Spanish Telecom market, and Colt Technology Services which provides world class high bandwidth connectivity services to global businesses of all sizes across Europe, Asia and North America have become Full members of ECTA.

24 Nov
2016

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ECTA Regulatory Conference 2016: Shaping the EU Digital Landscape

Brussels, 9 November 2016: With the recent launch of the European Commission's legislative proposals for the review of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications, this year's ECTA Regulatory Conference is a timely opportunity to discuss a wide range of policy issues with a view to better understanding how we can shape the EU digital landscape.

27 Sep
2016

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ECTA welcomes Luc Hindryckx as its new Executive Director

Brussels, 27 September 2016: With more than 20 years of experience in Business Development and Operations Leadership Experience as well as European Regulatory and Public Affairs, Luc Hindryckx has now been appointed ECTA new Executive Director.
In his professional career Luc Hindryckx also chaired the Council of the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT), served on multiple boards including BEREC, ERGP and ENISA and worked for several telecommunications operators.

27 Sep
2016

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37 leading companies join forces in European Automotive-Telecom Alliance to launch connected and automated driving project

Paris, Brussels, 30 September 2016 – At a Round Table on Connected and Automated Driving initiated and chaired by Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the automotive and telecom industries have today formally announced the creation of Europe’s first Automotive-Telecom Alliance. The Alliance includes six leading sectorial associations, as well as 37 companies, including telecom operators, vendors, automobile manufacturers and suppliers for both cars and trucks.

14 Sep
2016

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ECTA’s first reaction on a new EU Code for the networks of the future

Brussels, 14 September 2016: Today the European Commission kick-started the review of the telecoms regulatory framework by publishing its legislative proposal for a directive establishing the new European Electronic Communications Code. It consolidates and amends the existing EU Directives on electronic communications (the telecoms framework).

20 Jul
2016

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ECTA’s statement on decision by the European Commission on vectoring in Germany
 
Brussels, 20 July 2016. Yesterday, the European Commission announced that it will not open an in-depth investigation into the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA)’s revised plan to grant exclusivity on upgrades of the copper network with vectoring technology.

12 Jul
2016
Führende TK-Verbände: Auch zweiter Vectoring-Entwurf muss zu eingehendem Prüfungsverfahren führen


30 Verbände setzen auf konzentrierten Umbau zur Gigabit-Gesellschaft

Berlin/Brüssel, 12. Juli 2016.  Die führenden deutschen Breitbandverbände BREKO, BUG-LAS und VATM bekräftigen ihre deutliche Kritik an dem geänderten Entscheidungsentwurf für Vectoring im Nahbereich der Hauptverteiler (HVt). „Der ‚neue‘ Entwurf bedeutet keine Verbesserung, sondern dürfte in vielen Fällen sogar zu einer weiteren erheblichen Ver-schlechterung der Situation führen. Das betrifft auch die Vorleistungsprodukte, die dringend marktgerecht ausgestaltet werden müssen, da nur so der Wettbewerb aufrechterhalten wer-den kann. Auch mit dem zweiten Entscheidungsentwurf erhalten die Investoren nicht die von der Bundesnetzagentur versprochene Planungssicherheit", so die Verbands-Geschäftsführer Dr. Stephan Albers (BREKO), Jürgen Grützner (VATM) und Wolfgang Heer (BUGLAS): „Wir machen uns Sorgen um den Standort Deutschland. Ohne Gigabit-Netze, die schon jetzt geplant und schnellstmöglich ausgerollt werden müssen, können wir mit anderen Industrie-nationen auf Dauer nicht Schritt halten. Wir gehen davon aus, dass die EU-Kommission in jedem Fall auch hinsichtlich der vorgenommenen Veränderungen eine genauere Überprü-fung einleitet." Dafür gebe es gleich mehrere Gründe.

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