ETSI 25th Anniversary
Celebrating 25 years of successful standards-making
ETSI marked its 25th anniversary with a day of celebration on Tuesday 19 March 2013 during the 61st General Assembly (GA).
An audience of over 200 heard invited speakers describe the role played by ETSI in a quarter of a century of standards-making, and predict some of the challenges ahead. The speakers represented the wide range of organizations with which ETSI works – including the European Commission (EC), international partners, manufacturers, operators and National Standards Organizations (NSOs).
Interviews with key ETSI officials and members
Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, former ETSI Director General 1990-2006: "When I listen to the acronym ETSI my first thoughts are ETSI, the Excellent Telecoms Standards Institute in Europe.
"We have now established more than 80 partnerships with competent and reliable partners throughout the world. We have established Partnership Projects. I think the creation of the 3GPP was one of our great achievements."
Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General: "Coming to this 25th anniversary and seeing how the growth is coming, how new work is coming, how members appreciate and like the way in which we work, it's very exciting and a great opportunity for all of us to be in here at this very moment."
Jonas Sundborg, Ericsson, ETSI Board Chairman: "I have been part of the creation of 3GPP and in my view this is a tremendous success. This is the flagship of the organisation in the world now leading mobile broadband, and very successful. I see this really as the future. I very much believe that machine to machine can help society, where machines talk to each other."
Dr. Gabrielle Owen, ETSI Technical Committee Chair: "We've been extremely successful in producing a large number of radio standards to compliment the regulatory framework in Europe and we've put a large number of products on the market."
John Fenn, attended first ETSI General Assembly: "When you talk to the kids who have mobile phones they've no idea where it came from. They think it was all magic. They don't realise it was all the hard work, the vision and the creativity of the people and the members of ETSI who made it all possible."
John Long, attended first ETSI General Assembly: "During the work in ETSI we'd eventually managed to produce a specification which can be used all over Europe and that formed the bedrock for the expansion of the internet to the normal public."
Dr. Edward Tiedemann, Qualcomm: "The formation of 3GPP in conjunction with other telecom SDOs from North America, Japan, Korea and later China has led to some amazingly successful standards for the cellular industry, notably WCDMA with its follow-on HSPA and more recently LTE. It is my hope that there will be successful standardization of the M2M service layer which will then lead to reducing fragmentation in the heavily fragmented M2M industry."
Dr. Howard Benn, Motorola Mobility, ETSI Board Member: "ETSI's been very important to me. It's been one of the places where all the technologies that I've been working on have been standardized. It's generated some excellent technologies over the years and the technologies just keep getting better and better. I've been really impressed by the way that people have worked together in the institute to create the things we all take for granted today."
Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General: "Any time we think of Smart it's ICT that comes to our minds, any time we talk about ICT it's ETSI that comes to my mind."