ETNO 42nd General Assembly
The European Telecommunications Network Operators' association will be holding its 42nd General Assembly in Krakow, Poland, from 25 to 26 October 2012.
This year, senior representatives from ETNO's 38 members and 12 observers will meet in Krakow, Poland for their 42nd General Assembly to be hosted by Orange Polska on 25-26 October. It will be the occasion for ETNO members to reviews main activities and topics of the year and approve the ETNO strategy for 2013 and the budget for next year. The Executive Board elections will be held and the 2013 EB Chairperson appointed. Keynote speakers will include Mr Maciej Witucki, President & CEO, Orange Polska and Magdalena Gaj, President of the Polish NRA (UKE). A joint presentation will be delivered on ITRs, WCIT preparation and CEPT by ETNO and the CEPT Chairman, Mr Marcin Krasuski.
In a joint statement, ETNO members called for a new policy framework for growth.
“We face a great challenge of attaining the goals of the Digital Agenda. ETNO supports those goals, but it is clear that investment conditions, including a regulatory environment which encourages investment, are of key importance for profitability. ETNO has therefore welcomed the recent announcement by the European Commission on the need to adapt the regulation of NGA networks. The review of the relevant markets recommendation recently started by the EC represents another key opportunity to adapt regulation to evolving realities. This is a good occasion for ETNO to express its expectations and propose constructive solutions”, says Marta Brzoza, Regulatory Affairs Director, Orange Polska, General Assembly Chair for 2012.
Other main highlights from the General Assembly:
Jos Huigen, KPN, Vianney Hennes, Orange and Lotte Abildgaard, Telenor, have been re-elected as members of the Executive Board by the General Assembly.
The General Assembly of ETNO also re-elected Luigi Gambardella, Telecom Italia, as the ETNO Executive Board Chair for 2013.
“Market changes and the EU objectives of growth require a change in the policy mindset: The policy framework, while providing for certainty to all players, should be flexible enough to adapt to market and technological evolution. If the electronic communications industry undergoes important changes in the reference scenario, then policies should be adjusted in order to achieve the long term objectives of industry competitiveness and market growth”, says Luigi Gambardella.
ETNO members also welcomed Etisalat, STC and Syniverse, as new observer members of ETNO.
The 2013 General Assembly will be hosted by Telenor.