European Competitive Telecommunications Association

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.


15 November 2016 - Luc Hindryckx, Executive Director of ECTA, spoke at the ‘B-Day: Going Giga" Conference organised by the Commission

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On 15 November, ECTA’s Executive Director Luc Hindryckx participated in the ‘B-Day: Going Giga’ Conference, organised by the European Commission to bring together European authorities and stakeholders and discuss the European strategy for a Gigabit society. Speaking during the panel discussion ‘the Gigabit Ambition Debate’, Mr. Hindryckx highlighted alternative telecom operators’ engagement to the EC’s Gigabit vision. He underlined how challengers are massively investing in Very High Capacity Connectivity and recalled that competition is paramount to drive the investment by all operators needed to meet the objectives of the Gigabit Society.
You can find more information and the agenda of the event here.

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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