IEN is the Initia­ti­ve of Euro­pean Net­work Ope­ra­tors, the tra­de asso­cia­ti­on repre­sen­ting the lar­gest pan­Euro­pean telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons net­work ope­ra­tors in Ger­ma­ny. IEN mem­bers are com­mit­ted to long­term invest­ment made Ger­ma­ny, and thus share a com­mon inte­rest in fair invest­ment con­di­ti­ons and in a level regu­la­to­ry play­ing field in Ger­ma­ny as well as across EU Mem­ber Sta­tes. Mem­bers inclu­de strong glo­bal play­ers such as Voda­fone Enter­pri­se, Colt, Oran­ge Busi­ness and Verizon.

While the need for a sin­gle com­pe­ti­ti­ve telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons mar­ket across Euro­pe remains undoub­ted, much of the regu­la­to­ry reform and effort has been focu­sed on impro­ving com­pe­ti­ti­on in the sup­ply of ser­vices to resi­den­ti­al con­su­mers, par­ti­cu­lar­ly broad­band. This focus has undoub­ted­ly deli­ve­r­ed results, howe­ver it has at times dis­trac­ted atten­ti­on from impro­ving the com­pe­ti­ti­ve sup­ply of busi­ness-to-busi­ness ser­vices, which argu­ab­ly deli­ver grea­ter eco­no­mic bene­fits and effi­ci­en­ci­es. A core dif­fe­rence bet­ween busi­ness and resi­den­ti­al cus­to­mers is their needs and approach to purcha­sing, par­ti­cu­lar­ly whe­re they need to purcha­se ser­vices in mul­ti­ple coun­tries. Being pan­Euro­pean pro­vi­ders of broad­band pro­ducts and ser­vices to a no less mul­ti­si­ted and mul­ti­ju­ris­dic­tio­n­al group of cus­to­mers, IEN mem­bers are par­ti­cu­lar­ly depen­dent on busi­ness access pro­ducts com­ply­ing with inter­na­tio­nal standards.

Based in cen­tral Ber­lin, IEN pro­vi­des for reli­able and sta­ble rela­ti­ons­hips with key sta­ke­hol­ders in par­lia­ment and admi­nis­tra­ti­on, at both working and seni­or level. IEN works with Germany’s natio­nal regu­la­to­ry aut­ho­ri­ty ‚Bun­des­netz­agen­tur’ and the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on, to ensu­re telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­on mar­ket reviews deli­ver best results for cus­to­mers and com­pe­ti­tors in Germany.


IEN and its mem­bers actively par­ti­ci­pa­te in the pro­ce­du­re of telecom­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons legis­la­ti­on and regu­la­ti­on. A ran­ge of key comments and posi­ti­ons from the last years can be found below. For fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on und posi­ti­ons plea­se check our archi­ve or do not hesi­ta­te to con­ta­ct our Ber­lin office.


The web­sites and are an offer of the Initia­ti­ve of Euro­pean Net­work Ope­ra­tors (IEN), Mari­en­str. 30, 10117 Ber­lin, Pho­ne +49 30 3253 8066, Fax +49 30 3253 8067, Email

IEN is an asso­cia­ti­on to safe­guard and impro­ve working and eco­no­mic con­di­ti­ons in line with Art 9 sec 3 GG. IEN is repre­sen­ted by its board mem­bers Dr. Jut­ta Merkt, Chris­ti­an Weber and Dr. Andre­as Peya, busi­ness address at IEN’s Ber­lin office.

Accoun­ta­ble in line with § 6 TDG/ § 10 MDStV: Mali­ni Nanda
Mari­en­str. 30, 10117 Ber­lin, Email


IEN Initia­ti­ve of Euro­pean Net­work Ope­ra­tors Mari­en­str. 30, 10117 Ber­lin Pho­ne +49 30 3253 8066 Fax +49 30 3253 8067 Email Mana­ging Direc­tor: Mali­ni Nan­da,