European Competitive Telecommunications Association

12 October 2016 - ECTA organised dinner debate at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Kumpula-Natri

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On 12 October, ECTA organised a dinner debate “The digital challenge and the telecoms framework - how to maximise investments and promote good connections for consumers?” at the European Parliament, hosted by Finnish MEP Kumpula-Natri (S&D). The event gathered MEPs, representatives from the European Commission, national regulators and BEREC as well as telecoms attachés from several Member States to discuss how to foster the development of high-speed connectivity while at the same time ensure sufficient take-up by keeping prices at affordable levels for consumers. The debate particularly focused on how to shape a new telecom regulatory framework that safeguards competition, end-user choice, innovation and consumer protection and continues to ensure stable and consistent conditions for investors, operators and service providers in the Digital Single Market.
For more information, a dedicated feed on the event is available on our Twitter account.


Today, 12 March 2015, representatives of ECTA Members met with Fátima Barros, 2015 BEREC Chair to discuss the Digital Single Market and emphasise the importance of competition in delivering innovation and investment.

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MEP Gunnar Hökmark hosted with ECTA a luncheon discussion on 25 March 2015.

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During the lunch Ms Danielle Kehl, Policy Analyst at the Open Technology Institute in Washington, presented the 2014 study on the Cost of Connectivity, bringing evidence about broadband market dynamics in 24 cities such as London, Bucharest, Berlin, Mexico, Seoul and US cities.  Danielle Kehl’s presentation can be found here and the study and its executive summary are available here


ECTA CEOs met with Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, to discuss IT infrastructure needs for 2025 and the way to reach a very high-speed connected Europe. 

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Participants to the meeting were:
• Norbert Westfal, President, BREKO and Managing Director EWE TEL (DE)
• David Zimmer, Vice-President, VATM and CEO, Inexio  (DE)
• Jürgen Hermann, CEO, QSC (DE)
• Alex Goldblum, CEO, Eurofiber (NL)
• Hubertus von Roenne, ECTA Chairman
• Erzsébet Fitori, ECTA Director




ECTA CEOs met with Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, to discuss a range of competition issues in the context of the telecoms framework.

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Participants to the meeting were:
• Alex Goldblum, CEO, Eurofiber (NL)
• Martin Witt, CEO, 1&1 Communications SE (DE)
• Jorgen Bang-Jensen, CEO, PLAY (PL)
• Allison Kirkby, CEO, Tele2 AB
• Andrew Crouch, EMEA President, Level 3 Communications
• Hubertus von Roenne, ECTA Chairman
• Erzsébet Fitori, ECTA Director


ECTA CEOs met Vice-President Andrus Ansip to discuss the importance of competition and the forthcoming Telecoms Framework Review

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Participants to the meeting were:
• Maxime Lombardini, CEO, Iliad/Free (FR)
• Thomas Ekman, CEO, Tele2 Sweden (SE)
• Jørgen Bang-Jensen, CEO, Play (PL)
• Alex Goldblum, CEO, Eurofiber (NL)
• Juergen Hermann, CEO, QSC (DE)
• Andrew Crouch, Regional President EMEA, Level 3 Communications (UK)
• David Zimmer, CEO, Inexio, Vice-President VATM (DE)
• Gijs Phoelich, ECTA Chairman
• Erzsébet Fitori, ECTA Director


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