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LSE and ETNO renew telecoms policy research collaboration


05 Jul 2012



ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association, has

renewed its support for research into European telecoms policy being undertaken

at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The research programme focuses on how the politics and economics of

telecommunications and the internet are changing as novel business models and

new traffic trends alter the structure and dynamics of the digital world. This

includes the business conditions of 'new players' who operate alongside the

telecommunication systems, such as content delivery networks, the major cloud

services providers, social network sites an independent infrastructure investors -

which are all part of the distinct and fragile structure of the European internet.

Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chairman said: “We are enthusiastic

to renew our collaboration with LSE which aims to deepen research activities in

the field of European telecoms policy. The digital economy sector is undergoing a

rapid phase of transformation, with market players facing new challenges and

new business opportunities. The sustainability of the internet development model

is, in particular, a key issue that academic work should look at. In this scenario,

high quality research into how policies should evolve is crucial.”

Dr Jonathan Liebenau, who leads the research and is a Reader in Technology

Management in LSE’s Department of Management, said: “We aim to inform

critical debates in Europe and elsewhere on the developing digital services

landscape with rigorous, independent academic research. ETNO’s renewed

support for this work will mean that we will be able to continue to gain an

important perspective from industry on these issues.”

LSE and ETNO have been collaborating since February 2011 and have

contributed to the analysis of investment incentives for broadband, changing

regulatory practices, and business models for the internet.


For more information, please contact:

For LSE: Sue Windebank, LSE Senior Press Officer T: + 44 (0) 207 955 7060 E:

For ETNO: Thierry Dieu, ETNO Director for Communications and Public Policy.

Tel: (32-2) 219 32 42 Fax: (32-2) 219 64 12 E-mail:

About LSE: The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

studies the social sciences in their broadest sense, with an academic profile

spanning a wide range of disciplines, from economics, politics and law, to

sociology, information systems and accounting and finance.

The School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of

the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and

political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most

countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social

sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and

disseminated around the globe. Visit for more information.

About ETNO: ETNO’s 40 member companies and 10 observers from Europe and

beyond represent a significant part of total ICT activity in Europe. They account

for an aggregate annual turnover of more than €600 billion and employ over 1.6

million people. ETNO companies are the main drivers of broadband and are

committed to its continual growth in Europe.