Global telecom giants were in Istanbul

The second High Level Conference of ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association), members of which are world’s leading telecommunication companies, is organized in Istanbul and hosted by Türk Telekom

Türk Telekom hosted top executive members of ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association), which plays an important role in shaping the future of telecom sector, in Istanbul. ETNO realized its 2nd High Level Conference and Board Meeting in Çırağan Palace, Istanbul, hosted by Türk Telekom.

Besides the top executives of ETNO members, which are leading telecom companies of the world, more than 100 telecommunication professionals including regulation, strategy and business development managers attended the meeting.

“Access in Information Society” and “Universal Services” was the key topics of the conference entitled “Connecting Europe in the Digital Age”. Other topics of telecommunication sector like broadband, IP communication, wireless devices, next generation access, convergence and next generation networks have also been evaluated.

Commenting about the conference which determines the agenda of world telecommunication sector, Türk Telekom General Manager Dr. Paul Doany stated that as a founding member of ETNO, Türk Telekom played an important role by building a bridge that carries regulation issues of Turkey to EU, and decisions of EU to Turkey by hosting this conference. Doany said: “As Türk Telekom, we are glad to host the High Level Conference of ETNO. As one of the founding members, it is a pleasure for us to play an effective role in ETNO working groups. Turkey will benefit from hosting important guests from the global telecommunication sector in Istanbul, and evaluation of important issues in Istanbul. We believe we have very fruitful discussions in Turkey about important issues of regulation and competition which are in Europe’s agenda.”

ETNO General Secretary Michael Bartholomew said: “We were delighted to have our conference hosted in Turkey by Turk Telekom, a key player in the region. Türk Telekom supports Turkey’s economical development with next generation networks and big investments on services. In the context of the current economic crisis, high speed broadband networks are more essential than ever, as they will not only benefit the society as a whole, but drive economic recovery and growth. It is essential that the right regulatory framework is in place to encourage all players to invest and share risks.”

Founded in 1992, ETNO has 42 biggest fixed line operators from 36 European countries as members and Türk Telekom is one of the founding members. Besides Türk Telekom, there are British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Finnet, France Telecom, Telenor and TeliaSonera which are the leading telecom operators of the world as members of ETNO. ETNO has also giant telecommunication companies as observers such as AT&T, Telstra and Verizon.

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