European Competitive Telecommunications Association

14 Jun


New member states slow in applying broadband access measures to support competition

New member states, which have yet to apply effective access measures, are falling behind in broadband adoption creating a two-speed Europe, the latest Broadband Scorecard shows. ECTA's quarterly report, which tracks broadband competition and take-up across the EU, finds that in January 2006 broadband take-up was just 2.4% in Slovakia and 2.6% in Poland compared with 13.3% in Estonia and 12.8% in Malta the highest performing of the new member states.

14 Jun

Transforms your PC into a virtual telephone, fax machine and answer phone service

London, 14th June 2006 - Tiscali UK, the internet and broadband company, today announces the launch of Tiscali Netphone, a free Voice over IP (VoIP) service. Tiscali Netphone enables anyone who downloads the free program to use their PC to make free calls to other PCs, send and receive faxes, text messages and make low cost international and national calls to landlines. Users can also manage their inbound calls by using Tiscali Netphone as an answering service.

08 Jun


ECTA calls on regulator to ensure effective access

Brussels, 8 June 2006 - Germany's growth in broadband penetration, which currently stands at 14% and at the low end of the European Broadband League, could be in serious jeopardy if both the German government and telecoms regulator give in to the request from the incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, for a regulatory holiday on high-speed services based on vDSL technology, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) warned today.

08 Jun

Singapore, June 8, 2006 - VSNL Singapore Pte Ltd. ("VSNL International"), the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL) operating in key global business hubs and offering a comprehensive suite of communications solutions for enterprises and carriers, introduces Dedicated Global Ethernet, its global Ethernet private line service connecting major cities throughout North America, Europe, Asia and an extensive footprint connecting 120 cities in India. Using a SDH/SONET platform to ensure low latency and jitter and high reliability, this scalable, high performance solution enables enterprises to economically extend their local area networks to support global video, voice and data transport and to securely and seamlessly send point-to-point traffic between destinations across the world. The new offering using SDH/SONET complements VSNL's global offering of Ethernet over MPLS.

31 May

New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, May 31, 2006 - Arbinet-thexchange, Inc. [Nasdaq: ARBX], the leading provider of solutions to simplify the exchange of digital communications, announces the appointment of Scott Campbell as Vice President Business Development, Digital Media Services. Bringing more than 18 years of hands-on experience in content production, business development and the management of digital media, Campbell will lead Arbinet's initiatives in the digital media space.

Curt Hockemeier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arbinet comments, "We are pleased to welcome Scott Campbell as a new member of the Arbinet team. His extensive expertise in many sectors of digital media combined with his experience developing successful start-up businesses will be invaluable to Arbinet's execution of its growth strategy."

16 May

We are pleased to announce the launch of the ECTA Regulatory Review 2005 which summarises key highlights and regulatory achievements of ECTA and its working groups during 2005.

16 May

New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, May 16, 2006 - Arbinet-thexchange, Inc. [Nasdaq: ARBX], the leading provider of solutions to simplify the exchange of digital communications, announced the launch of PeeringSolutions, a managed VoIP peering service with initial customers Broadview Networks, Flow Jamaica, and nexVortex. PeeringSolutions enables VoIP service providers to simply and securely manage and share access to VoIP-accessible phone numbers, with appropriate routing information, with its trusted partners. PeeringSolutions customers can establish key direct peering relationships and exchange VoIP traffic with a much broader range of service providers, without the quality, complexity and security issues of establishing multiple direct relationships. Service providers can also obtain a full termination service enabling them to reach the world's major mobile and fixed-line destinations through this same single interconnect.

29 Mar


CEOs from a number of ECTA's members met on 29 March 2006 with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and DG Information Society Commissioner, Viviane Reding. They discussed issues relating to the 2006 Review of the EU Telecoms Framework and their practical experience of operating across a range of countries.

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The business leaders emphasised the need for effective regulation to overcome competitive bottlenecks in the telecoms sector and drive investment and innovation. Further details are provided in the press release issued following the meeting.

20 Mar

Combination Creates Leading Provider of Enabling Technology for Anytime, Anywhere IP-based Communications

Hoeilaart, BELGIUM – March 20, 2006—Excel Switching and Brooktrout Technology, who combined operations in October 2005, today announced their new company name—Cantata Technology—accompanied by a corporate-wide re-branding initiative to present a unified approach to the market. Cantata Technology is the industry’s leading provider of standards-based enabling technology including media servers, media gateways and voice and fax platforms for the enterprise and service provider markets.

06 Mar

March 6th 2006: Geo, the national dedicated fibre network provider owned by Hutchison Whampoa, has announced that National Grid Wireless (formerly Crown Castle UK) has acquired a long term interest in significant fibre capacity in Geo.Metro, the company's recently acquired London network,. This additional capacity in the capital will augment the ability of National Grid Wireless to deliver high bandwidth products to its customers.

Our aim is to be the shared managed network service provider of choice for the converged networks of the future, says Russell Armstrong, General Manager Business Development, from National Grid Wireless. This partnership makes perfect sense because Geo can provide a high bandwidth network which we can use to deliver new services to our customers as they require them.

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