European Competitive Telecommunications Association
The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) is the trade and lobbying association of the telecommunication industry. It has a pan-European dimension and over 300 member companies. ECTA promotes competition within the market and follows up on developments in the industry regulatory framework. Its specific objectives include:
- fostering market liberalisation and competition;
- representing the telecommunications industry interests to European regulatory bodies and institutions;
- maintaining a forum for networking and business development among members;
- providing support to new entrants.
Activities and outputs
ECTA activities range from lobbying to information supply and commercial support to members, the latter provided through networking facilities, product promotion and branding opportunities. Information supply is channelled through the production of a monthly newsletter, a quarterly industry newsletter, annual reviews of the sector and latest international industry news. Most of this information is also made available to the public through the ECTA portal.
Additionally, ECTA follows up the developments occurring in the EU regulatory framework of the telecommunications sector, and provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on relevant news and regulatory events. Also available, within the ‘regulatory round up’ section of its portal, are: a forum encouraging discussion among members on regulatory issues, ECTA position papers, a database of national regulatory authorities and links to European organisations and institutions involved in the regulatory process.
- a monthly newsletter, ECTA Commerce ;
- a quarterly industry newsletter, The Voice ;
- position papers, market research as well as an ECTA Annual Review .
ECTA is an industry-supportive association and its website provides a broad understanding of the telecommunication industry point of view on EU regulatory issues and their shaping process. It also indicates interesting links, including those of national regulatory authorities.