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ETNO welcomes Cisco, Huawei and RIM as new observer members


22 Sep 2011



Brussels – Cisco, Huawei and Research In Motion (RIM) were approved as new observer members by the ETNO Executive Board, bringing ETNO membership to 40 full members and 9 observer members1. ETNO members and observers account together for a total turnover of up to 600 billion € and about 1.6 million employees.

“With the entry of Cisco, Huawei and Research in Motion, ETNO is extending its outreach and gains a lot of additional expertise and insight in new areas and markets. Enhanced cooperation with players from all segments of the value chain is essential to tackle challenges ahead and understand future policy challenges in reaching the goals of the Digital Agenda”, said Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chair.

ETNO new observers will contribute to ETNO work in many areas such as corporate responsibility, spectrum, digital single market and content related issues, data protection and information security, internet governance, research and innovation as well as regulatory issues. Edwin Paalvast, Vice-President Service Provider, Cisco EMEA: “Cisco is delighted to join ETNO, which represent many of our important customers. At Cisco we believe is essential to listen, engage and work together with all of our customers towards a positive policy environment that enables our sector to drive innovation and growth.”

We are very pleased to be part of ETNO” stated Leo Sun, President of Huawei’s Europe Public Affairs and Communication office. “We look forward to proactively engage with ETNO members and to leverage on our experience and expertise in the telecom sector in support of activities aimed at achieving the Europe 2020 targets.”

“RIM is happy to be in ETNO, this collaboration will help realise the objectives of the Digital Agenda and in particular the effective management of the explosive growth of mobile data traffic. We look forward to working with our partners to promote greater innovation and jointly achieve the goal of making “Every European Digital”, Patrick Spence, RIM Managing Director, Global Sales and Regional Marketing.

About Cisco

Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum alue for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. For more information, visit Huawei online:

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications.

For more information, please contact: Thierry Dieu, Acting Director/ ETNO Communications Manager Tel: (32-2) 219 32 42 Fax: (32-2) 219 64 12



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