Liberty Global has joined the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), Europe’s leading telecom association.

Established in 1992, ETNO has been the voice of Europe’s telco operators and has become the principal policy group for the continent’s network operators. The organisation brings together the main investors in innovative e-communications platforms and services, representing 70 percent of total sector investment.

ETNO has 38 members across Europe – Liberty Global joined as a full member in February. In announcing the new membership, ETNO said Liberty Global “brings major expertise from the world of converged communication services, advanced broadband and entertainment delivery.”

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, said: “This is the time to unite the industry. European telecoms has been structurally disadvantaged for decades by fragmentation and lack of scale. We have always believed in market consolidation as a crucial prerequisite for growth and innovation in a global market. Now more than ever, we also want to contribute to the strengthening and unification of fragmented views on public policy in our industry.”

Lise Fuhr, Director General of ETNO, said: “Europe’s connectivity ecosystem is at the core of socio-economic growth. As innovation and markets move fast, ETNO is proud to welcome new members who invest in the European economy and to further expand the representation of the sector.”
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