ETSI creates technical standards intended for global use. We have members from across the world and collaborate with global standards organizations. We have a wide set of partnerships in all relevant sectors for ICT.

We are founding partners in two important global Partnership Projects:


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3GPPTM – the Third Generation Partnership Project, which develops specifications for advanced mobile communications including 5G.

3GPP was established in 1998 by seven regional Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), including ETSI, and comprises more than 600 members.

The original scope of 3GPP was to produce globally applicable reports and specifications for a third-generation mobile system based on evolved Global System for Mobile communication (GSM™) core networks and the radio access technologies that they support.

Today the project provides complete system specifications for cellular telecommunications network technologies. It covers:

  • radio access
  • the core transport network
  • service capabilities
  • codecs
  • security
  • quality of service

The specifications also provide connections for non-radio access to the core network, and for interworking with Wi-Fi networks.

3GPP is supported by the Mobile Competence Centre (MCC), which is part of the ETSI Secretariat.


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oneM2M develops specifications for the most efficient deployment of machine-to-machine communications systems.

oneM2M was launched in 2012. It is a global initiative to ensure the most efficient deployment of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).

It develops technical specifications for a common M2M service layer. This can be embedded within hardware and software to connect the wide range of devices worldwide with M2M application servers.

oneM2M comprises:

  • Several partners including ETSI and other leading Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)
  • representatives of different industry sectors

oneM2M brings together more than 200 players from many diverse business domains including:

  • telematics and intelligent transportation
  • healthcare
  • utilities
  • industrial automation
  • smart homes

oneM2M will ensure the global functionality of M2M and prevent the duplication of standardization effort.

Each partner SDO will publish oneM2M’s specifications under its own numbering system.

ETSI provides staffing and a large part of the IT infrastructure to support oneM2M.

Global Standards Collaboration (GSC)

We also collaborate at the global level. We are a founding partner of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) and cooperate with various global organizations including:

We provide technical advice to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) through our participation in its Technical Liaison Group (TLG).

GSC promotes global standards collaboration in areas of common interest by:

  • enhancing cooperation
  • facilitating the exchange of information on standards development
  • building synergies
  • reducing duplication


The following organizations collaborate in the GSC:

  • 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
  • IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission
  • IEEE-SA – IEEE Standards Association
  • ISO – International Organization for Standardization
  • ITU – International Telecommunication Union
  • TTC – Telecommunication Technology Committee – Japan
  • TIA – Telecommunications Industry Association – USA
  • TSDSI – Telecommunications Standards Development Society – India
  • TTA – Telecommunication Technology Association – Korea

ETSI in China - SESEC

Major economic, political and social changes around the world are shaping new markets. This creates new opportunities for trade and investment for Europe.

The three European Standards Organizations (ESOs: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) have therefore appointed a Seconded European Standardization Expert in China (SESEC).

This project was created in 2006 and is co-financed by the European Commission, the European Free Trade Association and the ESOs.

The overall objective of the project is to represent the interests of the European standardization community in China. SESEC aims to increase cooperation between Europe and China in standardization-related matters. The project focuses mainly on standardization developments in China at the provincial level.

Specific objectives include:

  • Promoting European and international standards in China
  • Improving contacts with different levels of Chinese administration, industry and standardization bodies
  • Improving the visibility and understanding of the European standardization system in China
  • Gathering regulatory and standardization intelligence

The current Expert, Dr Betty Xu, is based in Beijing.

For more information about the project, please see the SESEC website or contact our External Relations Officer.

ETSI in India - SESEI

India is another major economic interest for shaping new markets and creating new opportunities for trade and investment for Europe.

The three European Standards Organizations (ESOs: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) have therefore appointed a Seconded European Standardization Expert in India (SESEI).

This project was launched in 2013 and is co-financed by the European Commission, the European Free Trade Association and the ESOs.

The SESEI project promotes EU-India cooperation on standards and related policies and regulation. The objective is to:

  • enhance the visibility of European standardization activities
  • increase cooperation between Indian and European standardization bodies
  • support European companies facing standardization-related issues which hamper market access to India

The current expert, Dinesh Chand Sharma, is based in the European Business and Technology Centre in New Delhi. He acts as a bridge-builder between the European and Indian standardization communities.

We assisted with the establishment of the new Indian Telecom Standards Development Organization, the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI).

For more information about the project, please see the SESEI website or contact our External Relations Officer.