Some landmark events

There have been many significant events and achievements since ETSI was set up in 1988 – and many of them have had a global impact. The list below highlights just some of the landmarks in our history.

  • 2016: Establishment of a new ETSI group to develop Open Source for NFV
  • 2016: Establishment of a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Mobile and Broadcast Convergence (MBC)
  • 2015: ETSI publishes first specifications from the oneM2M Partnership Project
  • 2014: Establishment of a new ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC)
  • 2014: Establishment of a new ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on millimeter Wave Transmission (mWT)
  • 2014: ETSI releases first three specifications for an Internet of Things network dedicated to low throughput communications
  • 2014: ETSI releases first global KPI on energy-efficiency in ICT
  • 2013: Establishment of a new ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Embedded Common Interface for exchangeable CA/DRM solutions (ECI)
  • 2013: Major upgrading and extension of meeting facilities (number of meeting rooms doubles)
  • 2013: ETSI publishes first set of standards to enable Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems
  • 2013: 25th anniversary
  • 2013: ETSI publishes first specifications for Network Functions Virtualization
  • 2013: ETSI publishes first specification for Ultra Low Energy DECT™
  • 2012: Establishment of new ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)
  • 2012: Number of standards published passes 30,000 mark
  • 2012: ETSI launches Cloud Standards Co-ordination at request of the EC
  • 2012: ETSI is a founding partner in the launch of the oneM2M partnership initiative for the global deployment of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications systems
  • 2011: Eection of Luis Jorge Romero Saro as Director-General

Luis Jorge Romero Saro Home

  • 2008: 20th anniversary
  • 2008: Number of standards produced passes 20,000 mark
  • 2008: Introduction of Industry Specification Groups (ISGs)
  • 2006: First Seconded European Standardization Expert in China (SESEC) appointed
  • 2006: Election of Walter Weigel as Director-General

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  • 2005: First increase in membership since 2001 after the telecoms industry crisis
  • 2005: ETSI purchases Einstein Building
  • 2003: ETSI purchases its main headquarters building
  • 2002: Number of standards produced passes 10,000 mark
  • 2002: All ETSI rooms fitted with 11 Mbit/s WLAN access points
  • 2002: Membership peaks at 949, then falls as member companies respond to the economic crisis
  • 2001: A difficult year for telecoms – the Stock Market value of telecoms operators and manufacturers drops to half of the 2000 level (Source: Financial Times, September 2001)
  • 2000: ETSI introduces Testing and Test Control Notation version 3 (TTCN-3), which has gone on to become a globally successful test specification language
  • 2000: Launch of ‘eEurope’ by the European Union – ETSI participates to provide standards for ‘An Information Society for All’
  • 2000: Number of standards produced passes 5000 mark
  • 1999: The ETSI Bake-Off service (later to become Plugtests™) is created
  • 1999: ETSI expands into the Einstein building
  • 1999: ETSI introduces paperless meetings
  • 1999: ETSI makes all standards freely available on the web – paper sales plummet, downloads rocket to 1500 per day
  • 1998: The number of Secretariat staff reaches 100
  • 1998: UMTS™ radio access technology chosen
  • 1998: ETSI is a founding partner in the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™)
  • 1997: First TETRA networks deployed (by 2006 – 1000 contracts awarded and TETRA is deployed in over 88 countries)
  • 1997: ETSI starts to create European Standards (ENs), replacing European Telecommunications Standards (ETSs)
  • 1997: paper used in a year at ETSI drops to 7 million sheets, thanks to increasing use of electronic working methods
  • 1996: ETSI Board created to replace the Technical Assembly
  • 1996: Mmbership passes 500
  • 1995: Number of standards produced passes 1000 mark
  • 1995: ETSI publishes the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) standard for use by emergency services and others
  • 1994: 18 million sheets of paper used at ETSI in a year
  • 1993: ETSI establishes its Intellectual Property Rights policy
  • 1992: ETSI introduces distribution of standards documents to National Standards Organizations via satellite
  • 1991: New wing added to the headquarters building
  • 1990 Global Standards Collaboration process launched, to enhance co-operation between standards organisations around the world
  • 1990: ETSI establishes Joint Technical Committee with the European Broadcasting Union for the production of broadcast-related standards (CENELEC joined in 1995)
  • 1990: Election of Karl-Heinz Rosenbrock as Director-General

KHR

  • 1989: GSM committee transferred from CEPT to ETSI
  • July 1989: ETSI moves into its current headquarters building
  • August 1988: ETSI moves to the Espace Beethoven
  • July 1988: First ETSI Technical Assembly
  • Mid-1988: Secretariat begins work
  • May 1988: Professor Diodato Gagliardi appointed as Director-General of ETSI

Prof Gagliardism

  • April 1988: The first stone of ETSI’s new purpose-built headquarters laid
  • March 1988: First ETSI General Assembly
  • March 1988: ETSI sets up business temporarily in the AFME (the former French Agency for Energy Usage) building, about 200m from where ETSI is now
  • January 1988: Creation of ETSI
  • 1987: GSM Memorandum of Understanding signed
  • 1987: The Directors-General of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) take a decision in principle to found ETSI
  • 1987: The EC publishes a Green Paper which first floated the idea of a European Telecommunications Standards Institute
  • 1986: The European Commission (EC) leads a fact-finding mission on telecommunications to the US