European Competitive Telecommunications Association

06 May

How to get an AAA rating for Europe in digital? 

Accessibility, Affordability, Agility: the recipe to build Europe’s Digital Single Market

Brussels, 6 May 2015: ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, welcomes the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy and congratulates it on the robust political vision that effective competition is key to the deployment of high performance and affordable digital highways. ECTA supports the recognition by the European Commission that a strong, competitive and dynamic telecoms sector is needed to carry out the necessary investments and to exploit innovation.

04 May
Open letter from ECTA CEOs to the College of Commissioners
What contribution from the Digital Single Market to
Europe’s global competitiveness?
How well we nurture local competition will decide. Global competitiveness springs from local competition.


Europe should have a high level of ambition in building a globally competitive economy and society. In the digital age we can undoubtedly only be globally competitive if the European economy – companies of all sizes in all sectors, public administrations, schools, research centres etc. – and society are connected and take advantage of digital innovation.

18 Mar

EU-Kommissar Oettinger: „Die privaten Investoren brauchen Rechts- und Planungssicherheit und faire Perspektiven" 

Traditioneller VATM-CeBIT-Abend mit 230 Gästen in Hannover zu Innovation, Wachstum und Wettbewerb – „Mut zeigen" und „die Digitalisierung wagen" 
Spannendes Telemedizin-Projekt vorgestellt 

Click here for VATM's press release (PDF 238KB) - 18 March 2015

10 Mar

European Parliament stands for competition in telecommunications

Brussels, 10 March 2015: Following the declarations by Commission Vestager during her hearing in front of the ECON Committee, showing her willingness to establish a close and fruitful relationship at all levels with the Parliament, the European Parliament voted today on the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy

01 Mar

Telekom versucht Investitionswettbewerb zu stoppen
VATM: Kein Monopol für Vectoring-Technologie

20 February 2015: Mit einem für Montag angekündigten Regulierungsantrag versucht die Telekom, ein Ausbaumonopol mit Vectoring im Kernbereich der Regulierung in Deutschland am sogenannten Hauptverteiler, den über 8.000 zentralen Vermittlungsstellen der Telekom, zu schaffen. Bislang können alle Investoren in Deutschland Vectoring einsetzen, wenn sie die Glasfaser weiter in nicht oder schlecht versorgte Gebiete bringen und dabei bestimmte Auflagen des Regulierers erfüllen. „Investitionswettbewerb und Windhundrennen gehören bislang zu der klaren Strategie der Bundesregierung und der Bundesnetzagentur, um die Breitbandziele für Deutschland erreichen zu können", betont VATM-Präsident Martin Witt. Genau auf diesen Wettbewerb, der unter dem Deckmantel des Einsatzes neuer Technologie ausgehebelt werden soll, ziele der Antrag der Telekom. Aufgrund allergrößter Bedenken im Hinblick auf den
Breitbandausbauwettbewerb sieht Brüssel den Einsatz von Vectoring extrem kritisch und verhindert ihn bislang für Gebiete, die mit Steuergeldern gefördert worden sind.

26 Feb

Review of the telecom regulatory framework:
let’s not follow the path to "Monopoly 2.0”!

Brussels, 26 February 2015: The EU telecommunications markets have recently witnessed an increased trend towards consolidation via mergers and acquisitions and towards bundled offers. Those developments can lead, in certain situations, to oligopolistic and duopolistic market structures. ECTA welcomed the opportunity to participate in the BEREC Workshop on Oligopoly Analysis and Regulation and to share views on the development of the EU regulatory framework for the telecommunications sector. 

16 Feb

ECTA CEOs meet with Vice-president Andrus ANSIP
The true story of European broadband investments: if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it

Brussels, 16 February 2015: Today a delegation of CEOs from key member companies of the European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA) met with the European Commission’s Vice-President Andrus Ansip to share their vision of the connected Digital Single Market, the state of play and the steps that might be necessary for the completion of it, including at a later stage the review of the telecoms framework.

07 Feb

Massive consolidation is not the silver bullet for boosting broadband investments 
More players invest more and smaller players invest more efficiently

Brussels, 4 February 2015: Today in a working breakfast co-organised by Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, MEPs and advisors, Commission officials and telecommunications attachés debated with experts  the issue of consolidation in the telecoms market. 

16 Jan

Hubertus von Roenne elected new Chairman of ECTA calls for regulation enabling investments by all operators – big and small - at Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s roundtable 

Brussels, 16 January 2015: The European Competitive Telecoms Association has elected Hubertus von Roenne as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

18 Nov

ECTA Regulatory Conference: transition should not be a pretext for reversing the pro-competitive model of the EU telecoms sector

Brussels, 18 November 2014: More than 300 policy makers, regulators, industry stakeholders and representatives of consumers will join this year’s ECTA annual conference as the new mandates of the European Commission and European Parliament have just begun. Confirming the key contribution of the digital sector to the economy, the new Institutions have placed digital issues high on the priority list, with the "Connected Digital Single Market” at the core of the Juncker Commission’s programme. 

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