European Competitive Telecommunications Association

11-12 October 2018 - ecta spoke at the ITU Forum: "Towards 5G enabled Gigabit Society" in Athens

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ecta, represented by its Director General, Luc Hindryckx, spoke at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Forum on 5G in Athens.

The forum focused on opportunities related to 5G and challenges to be addressed in infrastructure roll-out, spectrum management and broadcasting, while referring to the vision of turning Europe into a Gigabit Society by 2025. 
Mr. Hindryckx participated to the panel on "Challenges and Opportunities in the Telecom Sector Implementing 5G". 5G is expected to provide growth and innovation in all sectors of the economy. However with these great expectations come a lot of unanswered questions and new challenges. In his intervention, Mr. Hindryckx outlined these challenges but also opportunities 5G represents for competitive telecommunications. 


12 September 2018 - Luc Hindryckx, Director General of ecta spoke at the Metro Connect Europe event in Amsterdam 

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Metro Connect Europe is an annual meeting for leaders of the communications infrastructure industry and enables high-end networking between C-level executives representing metro service providers, carriers, data centres, venture capitalists, private equity firms, consultants and cable companies.

Luc Hindryckx, Director General of ecta participated in a panel discussion entitled "How is regulation driving fibre investment"? 

During the discussion, the panelists tried to answer questions such as how will Europe's Single Market agenda drive the investment in fibre, how does the Europe Electronic Communications Code impact business models, how will new co-investment rules ensure long term investment and what cross industry regulation is required to deliver metro fibre for the future. 



21 June 2018 - ecta spoke at the ISPA and VAT event "Opportunities and risks for alternative providers in broadband rollout" in Linz 


The Internet Service Providers Austria (ISPA) and the Association of Alternative Telecommunications Network Operators (VAT) hosted a discussion on the challenges of broadband rollout in Austria and the role of small and medium-sized alternative operators on 21 June 2018 in Linz.

The event focused on giving practical answers to the questions of how the transition to high and very high capacity networks would impact alternative operators and how they could actively shape the transition. This included debates on virtual unbundling, broadband funding applications and use of the national single information point.

To this ecta, represented by its Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Mr. Oliver Füg, contributed a European perspective on the building of broadband infrastructure. Mr. Füg specifically addressed how future regulatory changes, notably under the European Electronic Communications Code, would shape deployment and the outlook for small and medium-sized alternative operators. 



13-14 June 2018 - ecta's Director General Luc Hindryckx spoke at the BEREC internal workshop on data economy ahead of the 35th BEREC plenary meeting in Gdnask in the panel on "Challenges and the role of NRAs in the transition to a Data Economy"

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Panelists were discussing the main challenges and regulation issues Europe is facing in relation to the transition towards a data-driven economy and trying to solve the questions of potential impact of data economy on the telecommunications sector and on the NRAs and the role of these in encouraging this transition. 

6 June 2018 - ecta celebrated its 20 years of promoting competition for the greater good of society 

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For that great occasion, ecta organised a high profile event, not only to reminisce about everything ecta and its members achieved in the past 20 years, but also to discuss the challenges that still lie ahead. 

You can find the Press Release about the event here, and all the information about the program and the speakers here



5 June 2018 - ecta spoke at the ISPA Forum 2018 on data ownership and its implications for alternative operators in Vienna

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ecta, represented by its Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Oliver Füg, took part in the debate on data ownership and the implications for alternative operators.

How can alternative operators, providing innovative solutions, extend their activities to benefit from the opportunities of the data economy? 
To a panel spanning application development, legal counsel, road traffic user interests and academic enquiry, ecta contributed with policy and regulatory insights from Brussels.

A lively panel discussion and exchange with the audience highlighted issues and sketched possible solutions for today and tomorrow. 



12 - 13 April 2018 - ecta participated to the Europa Forum Lech 2018

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ecta, represented by its Director General, Mr. Luc Hindryckx, took part in the two-day event on the future of the EU, organised by the Municipality of Lech, Austria. 

More than 100 high-level politicians, representatives of international institution, academia and industry shared the view that Europe should stand strong, be more competitive at the global scene, keep fostering economic growth and job creation and take greater responsibilities for the safety and security of its citizens. 

In the many panel discussions, breakfasts briefings and high profile debates, ecta stressed the importance of competition for European welfare. 


28-29 November 2017 - ecta organised the Regulatory Conference 2017

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With the review of the regulatory framework entering into interinstitutional negotiations, the European Electronic Communications Code proposed by the Commission was the centre-stage at the Regulatory Conference 2017. In addition to the core questions of competition and investment at the heart of the reform effort, the conference also focused on other challenges and opportunities for the European communications sector: from security over cooperative, connected and automated mobility to service integration and delivery.

You can find all information about the agenda, speakers and attendance of the 2017 ecta Regulatory Conference here



28 June 2017 - ECTA's CEO Council enjoys constructive dialogue with Vice-President Jyrki Katainen on competition as the basis for investment and innovation

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ECTA's CEO Council is an advisory body supporting the ECTA Board and Executive Director in their corporate objectives and synchronising messaging at a high level.

Participants (in the picture) to the meeting were from left to right:

  • Mr. Gijs Phoelich, Chairman ECTA
  • Mr. Jørgen Bang-Jensen, CEO Play Mobile
  • Mr. Alex Goldblum, CEO Eurofiber
  • Vice-President Jyrki Katainen
  • Mr. Meinrad Spenger, CEO MASMOVIL
  • Mr. Maxime Lombardini, CEO Iliad
  • Mr. Carl Grivner, CEO Colt Technology Services
  • Mr. Luc Hindryckx, Executive Director ECTA


12 January 2017 - ECTA’s Executive Director Luc Hindryckx participated in roundtable on 5G and the Gigabit Society in the European Parliament

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On 12 January, ECTA’s Executive Director Luc Hindryckx participated in a roundtable on 5G and the Gigabit Society, organised in the European Parliament by MEP Michal Boni (EPP, PL). The aim of the meeting was to exchange views and best practices with the stakeholders and associations involved in these fields and feed Mr Boni’s work on the report on Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society and 5G for Europe: An Action Plan, on which he is rapporteur. Speaking during the roundtable, Mr Hindryckx reminded that future mobile networks need to be backed by very high capacity (VHC) fixed infrastructure (backhaul) offering specific quality parameters. As alternative and small operators invest more than incumbents in comparison to their size, which fosters a fair environment for innovation by verticals and start-ups, he then stressed the need for policy makers to focus on the take up of VHC connectivity and to promote competition as the driver of investment in the telecom sector.


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