European Competitive Telecommunications Association

27 Sep


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


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


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


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
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.

07 Jul


Joint Press Note: Automotive and telecoms sectors to launch EU project for connected and automated driving

Brussels, 7 July 2016 – Europe’s leading trade associations for the telecommunications and the automotive sectors announced today that they intend to launch a large-scale, pre-deployment project to test connected and automated driving at the EU level. 

05 Jul

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Empowering trust and innovation by repealing the e-Privacy Directive

Brussels, 5 July 2016 – The tech and telecom industries call for the e-Privacy Directive to be repealed. We believe that simplifying and streamlining regulation will benefit consumers by ensuring they are provided with a simple, consistent and meaningful set of rules designed to protect their personal data. 

16 Jun

ECTA and its members create the House of Competition

Brussels, 16 June 2016: ECTA and several of its members: 1&1, BREKO, Fastweb and VATM have the pleasure to announce the creation of the House of Competition. 

21 Apr

21 April 2016

In a letter addressed to Commissioner Oettinger, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and other Commissioners, 25 associations including ECTA expressed their concerns aiming at modifying a vectoring monopoly largely granted by the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) that would benefit Deutsche Telekom. The Commission has received the draft notification of the German regulator.
The transition to a gigabit society can only be realized through competition rather than new technological monopolies.

21 Mar
To be or not to be connected? 
How to ensure affordable high speed broadband everywhere? 

Brussels, 21 March 2016: Today, the European Parliament’s Long-term Investment Intergroup organised a conference on ‘The digital revolution: How to finance network infrastructures?’ Efficient investment in high-quality, high speed infrastructures and the take-up of very high speed broadband are at the core of the discussion as very high speed connectivity is becoming indispensable to participation in a Connected Society. European regulation has a key role in ensuring that very high speed broadband is available everywhere at an affordable price to European consumers and businesses. 

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