European Competitive Telecommunications Association

16 May
2006

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
2006

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
2006

ECTA DELEGATION MEETS EC PRESIDENT

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
2006

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
2006

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.

28 Feb
2006

LACK OF COMPETITIVENSS HAS COST EUROPE 20 MILLION BROADBAND LINES, STUDY FINDS

A report published today by a leading economics consultancy has concluded that Europe could gain an additional 20 million broadband lines if regulators take action to increase competition.

In Broadband in the EU: the importance of dynamic competition to broadband growth, SPC Network examined broadband take-up and the intensity of competition across 21 countries as reported in ECTA's quarterly Broadband Scorecard. The study found that the adoption of broadband accelerates when the market opens up and more choice is made available for users.

13 Feb
2006

MUMBAI, India and HAMILTON, Bermuda, February 13, 2006 - Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, VSNL (NYSE: VSL), the leading provider of international communication solutions, announced today the completion of its acquisition of Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd. By leveraging Teleglobe's extensive global reach, established operational strengths, and depth of carrier relationships worldwide, VSNL's international division, VSNL International, is poised to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of next-generation carrier and enterprise solutions.

The new combined company will own and operate one of the world's largest international mobile, data, and voice networks with coverage to more than 240 countries and territories. The foundation of the new company's capability will be the integration of VSNL's leading pan-India presence and unequalled cable diversity to and from India, the world's largest designed global backbone capacity, and Teleglobe's network.

29 Jan
2006

Arbinet-thexchange, Inc. [Nasdaq: ARBX], the leading electronic marketplace for trading, routing and settling communications capacity, has signed an Agreement with The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) to provide its AxcessCodeSM international calling code management service to the Association’s more than 150 members. The service gives users a standard set of code definitions to streamline transactions to route voice traffic from origin to final termination. AxcessCode is comprised of a database of more than 10,000 international calling code breakouts and includes Unique Market Identifiers (UMIs) for each global destination.

19 Jan
2006

INTERNATIONAL ROAMING: ECTA SUPPORTS COMMISSIONER REDING

BRUSSELS – ECTA supports EU Commissioner Viviane Reding’s proposal to introduce EU Regulation with direct effect to counter excessive international roaming charges.

ECTA concurs with Commissioner Reding that despite numerous initiatives on a national and European level, customers continue to pay unjustifiably high international roaming charges. Lack of price-transparency continues to be a major problem for consumers and business users.

Click here for full details of press release

05 Dec
2005

EUROPE'S STARK CHOICE: OPEN MARKETS OR STAGNATION

Member States taken to task for depriving their markets of further investment by protecting monopolies; Call for competition to remain at the heart of the 2006 Telecoms review

Brussels, 2 December 2005 - A new Jones Day and SPC Network study finds that investment in the EU telecoms sector could be put at risk if governments and regulators allow historic telecoms monopolies to re-establish their grip on the market. The Regulatory Scorecard, commissioned by ECTA, concludes that across 16 EU countries, investment in telecoms has suffered where regulation has failed to tackle dominant companies, whilst countries that have opened their markets to competition by imposing effective regulation have stormed ahead.

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