ETSI stands for European Telecommunications Standards Institute. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit, standardization organization in the information and communications technology industry fulfilling European and global market needs. It is based in Sophia-Antipolis, France. ETSI supports the development and testing of globally applicable technical standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services that are widely deployed across all sectors of industry and society.

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ETSI was set up in 1988 by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) in response to proposals from the European Commission. ETSI is the regional body officially responsible for the standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It is one of only three bodies (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) officially recognized by the EU as a European Standards Organization (ESO) to support EU regulation and policies through the creation of Harmonised European Standards. Only standards developed by ESOs are recognized as European Standards (ENs).

ETSI develops standards that enable key global technologies such as GSM, 3G, 4G, 5G, DECT, smart cards and many more standards success stories.

ETSI’s activities in ICT standardization is organized around sectors: Home & Office, Better Living with ICT, Content Delivery, Networks, Wireless Systems, Transportation, Connecting Things, Interoperability, Public Safety and Security. Each sector represents a major component of a global ICT architecture and covers the work of ETSI technical committees and working groups around a number of technologies.

Standardization work is carried out in different technical groups: Technical Committee (TC), ETSI Project (EP), ETSI Partnership Project (EPP), Industry Specification Group (ISG), Special Committee (SC) and Specialist Task Force (STF)

Significant technologies standardized in ETSI include SmartM2M (for machine-to-machine communications), Intelligent Transport Systems, Network Functions Virtualisation, Cyber Security, Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures, Quantum-Safe Cryptography, 5G, edge computing, distributed ledger, non-IP networking etc.  

The list of all ETSI technical committees, working and industry specification groups are accessible via the website.


ETSI has over 800 members from 66 countries/provinces inside and outside Europe, including manufacturers, network operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and users—in fact, all the key players in the ICT arena. Nearly a third of ETSI's members are Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). A list of current members can be found here.[1]

Current full members of ETSI are from all the EU member states.[2]

Current associate members of ETSI are from Australia, Canada, USA, Brazil, South Africa, Lesotho, Egypt, Israel, Yemen, Qatar, UAE, Iran, Uzbekistan, People's Republic of China (together with separate memberships for its special administrative regions: Hong Kong and Macao), Taiwan, India, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia.[1]

ETSI deliverable typesEdit

  • European Standard, telecommunications series (EN): Used when the document is intended to meet needs specific to Europe and requires transposition into national standards, or when the drafting of the document is required under an EC/EFTA mandate.
  • ETSI Standard (ES): Used when the document contains normative requirements and it is necessary to submit the document to the whole ETSI membership for approval.
  • ETSI Guide (EG): Used when the document contains guidance on handling of technical standardization activities, it is submitted to the whole ETSI membership for approval.
  • Special Report (SR): Used for various purposes, including giving public availability to information not produced within a technical committee. ETSI SRs are also used for "virtual" documents, e.g. documents that are dynamically generated by a query to a database via the web. An SR is published by the technical committee in which it was produced.
  • ETSI Technical Specification (TS): Used when the document contains normative requirements and when short time-to-market, validation and maintenance are essential, it is approved by the technical committee that drafted it.
  • ETSI Technical Report (TR): Used when the document contains mainly informative elements, it is approved by the technical committee that drafted it.
  • ETSI Group Specification (GS): Used by Industry Specification Groups according to the decision making procedures defined in the group's Terms of Reference. This deliverable type is approved and adopted by the Industry Specification Group that drafted it.

This list is gathered from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute website.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "ETSI Membership Information". ETSI. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ETSI Membership by Country". ETSI. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Different types of ETSI standards". ETSI. Retrieved 1 February 2014.

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