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.

GSC provides for the regular exchange of work programmes and other information in a number of agreed high-interest technical areas, and has attracted a growing number of other participants from around the world. As its name implies, its 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
  • ISACC - ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada - Canada
  • ITU - International Telecommunication Union - International
  • TTC - Telecommunication Technology Committee - Japan
  • TIA - Telecommunications Industry Association - USA
  • TTA - Telecommunication Technology Association - Korea.


GSC meets approximately once a year.

The last GSC-17 meeting was hosted by TTA in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea from 13 to 16 May 2013.
The next GSC-18 meeting will be hosted by ETSI in Sophia Antipolis, France from 21 to 23 July 2014.


ITU is the repository of GSC-documents from past meetings.