European Competitive Telecommunications Association

08 Jun
2006

VDSL MONOPOLY THREAT TO BROADBAND IN GERMANY

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
2006

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
2006

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
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.

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