Global Standards Collaboration
The goal of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) is to enhance co-operation between Participating Standards Organizations (PSOs) from different regions of the world in order to facilitate exchange of information on standards development, build synergies and reduce duplication.
GSC started-out in 1990 under the name of 'Inter-regional Telecommunications Standards conference (ITSC)' an initiative of the T1 Committee of the United States who invited the other founding partner organizations ITU-T, ETSI (Europe) and TTC (Japan) to the first meeting in Fredericksburg. The ITSC, as a conference, became too big and was therefore reduced to GSC, the Global Standards Collaboration, with delegations of reasonable size (10 maximum). But the scope was basically kept the same. In 2013, the GSC's organization, including structure, scope/mandate and working methods, was reformed to better focus on strategic technical topics
GSC provides for the regular exchange of work programmes and facilitates collaboration regarding communications standards and the related development environment. In addition to the PSOs, the GSC attracts a growing number of other standardization actors from around the world who can participate as guests. As its name implies, its ultimate goal is to promote global standards collaboration in these areas of common interest.
The present membership is represented by the following organizations:
ARIB - Association of Radio Industries and Business - Japan
ATIS - Alliance for Telecommunications Industry - USA
CCSA - China Communications Standards Association - China
ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute - Europe
- IEEE-SA - IEEE Standards Association
ISACC - ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada - Canada
ITU - International Telecommunication Union - International
TTC - Telecommunication Technology Committee - Japan
TIA - Telecommunications Industry Association - USA
- TSDSI - Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India
TTA - Telecommunication Technology Association - Korea
GSC meets approximately once a year.
The last GSC-18 meeting was hosted by ETSI in Sophia Antipolis, France from 22 to 23 July 2014.
The GSC-19 meeting will be hosted by ITU in Geneva, Switzerland, most probably during the 2nd or 3rd week of July or last week of August (date to be determined).
ITU is the repository of GSC-documents from past meetings.