What does membership cost?

ETSI Membership contributions are calculated depending on the type of membership:

Please note that when you apply:

  • between 1 December and 1 March and are approved at the first member online poll of the year, you are invoiced 100% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee
  • between 1 March and 1 June and are approved at the second member online poll of the year, you are invoiced 75% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee
  • between 1 June and 1 September and are approved at the third member online poll of the calendar year, you are invoiced 50% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee
  • between 1 September and 1 December and are approved at the fourth member online poll of the calendar year, you are invoiced 25% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee

 Members and associate members

Members' and associate members' contributions are calculated by class. The class is derived from the member company's annual ECRT band (Electronics Communications Related Turnover). Each class corresponds to a number of units of contribution. This number determines the contribution payable. It also determines the voting weight of a member in ETSI.  

The cost of the first unit of contribution is €6,000 (except for universities, public research bodies, not-for-profit user associations and Micro-Enterprises). The cost of each additional unit is €3,380. 

A full or associate member can voluntarily pay a higher contribution than that indicated in the table below.

Annual contributions for members and associate members

Class**ECRT
Millions of euros
Number of unitsAnnual
contribution euros *
1 SMEs, user and trade associations, additional membership 1 6,000
Micro-Enterprises 3,000
Universities, public research bodies and not-for-profit user associations 2,000
2 Up to 135 2 9,380
3 136 to 200 3 12,760
4 201 to 450 6 22,900
5 451 to 700 9 33,040
6 701 to 1,350 13 46,560
7 1351 to 2,000 18 63,460
8 2,001 to 3,500 24 83,740
9 3,501 to 5,000 30 104,020
10 5,001 to 8,000 37 127,680
11 Above 8000 45 154,720

*Excluding VAT. Download the table with pdfmembership contributions.

**For full details of how the class is determined, see Rules of Procedure, Annex 2 in the ETSI Directives.

 Not-for-profit user associations, universities and public research bodies pay a single reduced first unit of contribution of €2,000 per calendar year. Micro-Enterprises pay a reduced first unit of contribution of €3,000 per calendar year.

An ETSI member that participates in 3GPPTM contributes a minimum of 3 units of contribution, except SMEs, Micro-Enterprises, users, universities, and public research bodies; these contribute a minimum of 2 units.

However, these minimum contribution levels need not apply where an organization with more than one membership of ETSI makes an overall contribution that exceeds €20k multiplied by the number of 3GPP memberships held by the administrations or companies.

Definition of SMEs and Micro-Enterprises - see definition published by EC

 Head countAnnual turnover or Balance SheetCoverage of headcount/turnover/balance sheet data
Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) < 250 turnover ≤ €50 million or balance sheet ≤ €43 million Autonomous * / Partner / Linked enterprises - refer to definition
Micro-Enterprise (ME) < 10 turnover or balance sheet ≤ €2 million Autonomous * / Partner / Linked enterprises - refer to definition

* To qualify as an SME, you have to be an autonomous enterprise i.e. outsiders do not have a stake of 25 % or more of the capital or voting rights in your enterprise and/or you have a holding of less than 25 % of the capital or voting rights (whichever is the higher) in one or more other enterprises.

Governmental organizations

The class of contribution of Government organizations  is determined by the gross domestic product of their country.

Class of  Contribution  GDP in billions of euros       Number of units 
1 up to 7 1
2 8 to 23 2
3 24 to 40 3
4 41 to 55 6
5 56 to 70 9
6 71 to 135 13
7 136 to 200 18
8 201 to 350 24
9 351 to 500 30
10 501 to 800 37
11 Above 800 45

 Observers

For observers there is a flat rate fee of €4,000 per year.