European Competitive Telecommunications Association

22-25 April 2019 - Director general of ecta, Luc Hindryckx, meets with several ecta members and the Polish National Reluglatory Authority in Warsaw, Poland 

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The Director General of ecta travelled to Warsaw to meet several ecta members (Netia, PLAY) and the Polish National Regulatory Authority (UKE) to discuss the state of competition on the European and global telecomminications market. 


10-12 April 2019 - ecta, represented by Emmanuel Forest, its Chairman and by Luc Hindryckx, its Director General, participated to the Europa Forum Lech 2019 in Austria

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Entitled “European values: a model for the future”, the high level meeting with the presence of policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives from all over Europe, focused on the choices lying ahead of the European Union and the directions the European project could take after the upcoming European elections.

Panel sessions and discussions also focused among other topics on digital challenges, 5G, cybersecurity and connected and automated driving. 


ecta's Regulatory Forum met on 4 April 2019 in Brussels for a one-day brainstorming event

The Regulatory Forum (“Forum”) is the high-level decision-making body on ecta’s regulatory and public policy. 

The Forum is open to all Members pursuant to the membership scheme in force. Members wishing to participate to the Forum may do so by registering their interest with the ecta Secretariat (the “Secretariat”), who will circulate an updated list of participants ahead of each meeting. The Forum is chaired by the ecta Director General.

The Forum is competent to decide on: a) approving the Regulatory Positions of ecta under any form (position papers; statements; letters; press releases etc); b) approving the Action Plan; c) creation/disbanding of Working Groups and Task Forces.




27 - 28 November 2018 - ecta Regulatory Conference 2018 and CEOs meeting with Vice-President of the Commission Andrus Ansip


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The ecta Regulatory Conference 2018 was organised under the title: "After 20 years: Competition past, present and future".

The focus of the conference were questions such as how to protect and stimulate telecoms competition and its role in the digital transformation of the European economy as a whole, twenty years after the full liberalisation of telecommunications in the EU? Do the successes of competition remain viable or have they come under threat? 

High-level representatives from the European institutions, regulators and industry experts met to discuss the challenges and opportunities, both the ones well-known and the ones only now emerging.

You can find full information about the keynotes, panel sessions and midday briefings as well as networking opportunities ecta organised here

At this occasion, ecta's CEO Council met with the Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip. They enjoyed a constructive discussion about the changes brought by the European Electronic Communications Code and discussed the state of competition: where has it been in the EU telecommunications industry for the pas twenty years, where is it now and where it will go. 


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

Participants to the meeting were:

  • Mr. Gijs Phoelich, Chairman of ecta
  • Mr. Martin Witt, CEO, 1&1 Telecommunications SE
  • Mr. Maxime Lombardini, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Iliad
  • Mr. Didier Casas, Deputy Director General, Bouygues Télécom
  • Mr. Emmanuel Forest, Executive Vice-President European and Institutional Affairs Bouygues Group 
  • Mr. Luc Hindryckx, Director General of ecta




20 November 2018 - ecta participated to the “Broadband Days: Mind the Broadband Gap” Conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels 

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The Broadband Days organised by the European Commission every year are an opportunity to discuss progress made in terms of regulation, financing and deployment of broadband networks.

With the participation of the Commissioner Gabriel, the discussion focused on the post-2020 MFF, the implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code, the WiFi4EU initiative and others.
ecta, represented by its Director General Luc Hindryckx, participated to the panel "Connectivity for All - the Digital Divide Challenge" that focused on broadband development in rural areas.

Mr. Hindryckx stressed the importance of affordability and the need to have a level playing field in the State Aid allocations.

"When we accord State Aid, we need to make sure we do not reinforce the already dominant position of the incumbent. This is very important for affordability" says Mr. Hindryckx. 


17 October 2018 - Luc Hindryckx, Director General of ecta intervened at the 6th BEREC Stakeholder Forum in Brussels

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The leitmotive of the meeting organised by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in Brussels, was the will of Regulators to strengthen their communication and exchanges with stakeholders.
Jeremy Godfrey, the BEREC Chair 2019, presented the draft BEREC Work Programme 2019-2020, which will mainly focus on the European Electronic Communications Code implementation and BEREC's role in providing guidance on how different provisions should be applied. 
In his intervention, Luc Hindryckx, Director General of ecta, stressed out that "from ecta’s perspective, BEREC’s relevant measure of success is the achievement of genuinely competitive markets for electronic communications networks and services at local, regional, national and EU levels in order to ensure high take-up and inclusiveness. No one should fall behind."



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. 

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