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About ETSI - a European Standards Organization with global impact

ETSI provides members with an open, inclusive and collaborative environment. This environment supports the timely development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services.

We are at the forefront of emerging technologies across all sectors of industry and society that make use of ICT. Our 850+ member organizations are drawn from over 60 countries and five continents.World map

As well as enhancing reputation, the many benefits of membership include:

  • access to the most up-to-date information on global ICT standards
  • direct participation in standards development
  • competitive advantage through early standard adoption
  • opportunities to network with industry leaders

We operate on a not-for-profit basis and are one of only three bodies officially recognized by the EU as a European Standards Organization.

A European Standards Organization

ETSI is a European Standards Organization (ESO). We are the recognized regional standards body dealing with telecommunications, broadcasting and other electronic communications networks and services.

We have a special role in Europe. This includes supporting European regulations and legislation through the creation of Harmonised European Standards. Only standards developed by the three ESOs (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) are recognized as European Standards (ENs).

Our global impact

We were initially founded to serve European needs, but we have a global perspective. Our standards are now used the world over.

We collaborate and work in partnership with different types of organizations around the world. This makes us well placed to support our members who operate in an increasingly international and competitive environment.

In addition, we are a partner in the international Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPPTM). Through this project, we are helping to develop 4G and 5G mobile communications. We also work with partners around the globe in the oneM2M partnership project to develop standards for machine-to-machine communications.

Our vision & mission

Our vision

ETSI is a leading standardization organization for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards fulfilling European and global market needs.

Our mission

To provide platforms for interested parties to work together to produce standards for ICT systems and services that are used globally.

Our long-term strategy

Our long-term strategy is developed by our members. It defines our vision, our mission and the nine basic principles that constitute our core:

  • ETSI's fundamental values about the work it undertakes are timeliness, quality and responsiveness to market needs
  • ETSI is inclusive. Our global membership represents a wide range of stakeholders. We have a global network of partnerships and a consensus approach in our working methods
  • ETSI is fully compliant with WTO/TBT provisions and EU Regulation (EU) 1025/2012
  • ETSI works across all sectors of industry and society that make, use or rely on ICT technology
  • ETSI works at the forefront of developing and emerging technologies
  • ETSI produces technical standards aimed at being adopted by the most competitive markets
  • ETSI promotes the adoption of its technical standards worldwide for the benefit of its members' competitiveness
  • ETSI, in its role as an ESO, provides technical standards supporting EU regulatory requirements and policy
  • ETSI produces technical standards that use spectrum effectively, minimize interference and avoid undesirable effects. We produce our standards in accordance with appropriate regulatory frameworks

Our five strategic objectives are:

  • Being at the heart of digital
  • Being an enabler of standards
  • Being global
  • Being versatile
  • Being inclusive

 Each of these objectives is further detailed in our long-term strategy.

Funding ETSI

ETSI is registered as an association under French law. This means that we are a not-for-profit organization. Any surplus income is usually returned to our members as credit towards their membership contributions for the following year.

Our funding comes from various sources including:

  • Annual membership contributions – providing most of our income. Contributions are calculated according to the size of the member company or organization. Reduced contributions are charged for user associations, academic and research bodies and small businesses.
  • European Union– the European Commission (EC) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) issue standardization requests – and provide funding – for us to develop specific standards, particularly Harmonised Standards, or for other related work. This is often in support of European legislation. They also provide general funding in support of our activities as a European Standards Organization (ESO). Together, this funding amounts to 15%–20% of our budget.
  • Income from ‘commercial’ activities – including sales of standards, fees for events (such as interoperability testing events) and services to outside organizations.
  • Contributions from partner organizations – e.g. services performed on behalf of collaborative activities, such as the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™).

Expenditure includes:

  • The provision of technical, project management and administrative support to our technical committees and other standards-related activities. This includes the operating costs of the ETSI Secretariat.
  • Specialist Task Forces
  • Interoperability testing events, workshops, etc.
  • Special projects, typically in support of EC/EFTA research and development programmes.

Financial management

The ETSI Directives provide guidelines for the administration of our finances. This is overseen by a Finance Committee appointed by our General Assembly. The Director General is responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of our finances.

Financial statements

Financial statements are provided to our members at each meeting of the General Assembly. Summary statements are included in our Annual Report.

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