We share our technical expertise


We make world-class standards

Our primary task is to produce high-quality standards for information and communication technologies across all sectors of industry and society. The list of these technologies is long and wide-ranging.

We were established to make standards for Europe and we have a special role as a recognized European Standards Organization. We are also widely respected as a producer of standards for worldwide use. We work with numerous organizations at the global level. We produce different types of standards to meet the different needs of business and society.

Our standards are available for free and represent a huge library of the state of the art of ICT. We have over 12 million downloads a year. Our white papers and brochures complement our standards.

Testing and interoperability

Testing our standards

We have an arsenal of tools and techniques at our disposal. Our Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI) provides support to our technical committees in their use.

Further information on interoperability and testing

Our Centre for Testing and Interoperability

Our Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI) assists our technical committees, the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™) and the oneM2M Partnership Project. It provides hands-on support on the application of testing and validation techniques in standards-making.

The CTI has extensive expertise in:

Our brochure ' pdfAn Introduction to achieving technical excellence', introduces the CTI and its work.

Developing test specifications

The CTI’s important task is the planning and development of conformance and interoperability test specifications. Many of these are used in external certification schemes. Examples include those of the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the DECTTM Forum.

To ensure the quality of the tests, we validate them in various ways:


See our upcoming interoperability events in the calendar.

The first ETSI PlugtestsTM event took place in 1999. Since then, Plugtests have proved a valuable tool in the development of global standards. They serve two main purposes:

The benefits of such events include:

Specialist Task Forces

Specialist Task Forces (STFs) are teams of highly skilled experts, brought together to perform specific technical work. They operate under the direction of one of our technical committees.

They enable us to accelerate the standardization process in areas of strategic importance and in response to urgent market needs.

Supporting research and innovation

Early standardization in the development of a technology or a product can be crucial to its market success. In this way we can identify new areas for standardization at an early stage and can ensure that standards are in place when they are needed.

From research to standards

Researchers benefit from early exposure to the issues they face in industrial take-up of their ideas. Industry benefits from faster exploitation of research results. Research input is very relevant in early study phases when alternative technical solutions have to be evaluated.

We offer several paths for interaction between researchers and our standards committees:

Education about Standardization

ETSI has developed a set of teaching materials on standardization. With the support of the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat, we have developed a comprehensive textbook, “Understanding ICT Standardization: Principles and Practice”, together with an extensive set of over 380 slides to be used as teaching aides.

The teaching materials are targeted at third-level education, primarily for students of engineering or scientific subjects. The materials are modular in structure, and some modules may be of relevance to students of business, management, innovation and legal subjects.

Topics covered include:

The textbook can be purchased in paperback format, and the textbook and slides can be downloaded as PDF files:

Book cover of textbookPurchase the textbook in paperback format directly from the publisher,

The book can be purchased also from the following online bookstores:

pdfDownload the textbook “Understanding ICT Standardization: Principles and Practice” in PDF format

pdfDownload the slide pack “Understanding ICT Standardization: Principles and Practice” in PDF format

The slides are also available in Microsoft Powerpoint format, and ETSI is prepared to grant a license for academic users (teachers, lecturers etc.) to integrate some or all of these slides in their own coursework, upon request.

Request a Powerpoint copy of the slides, together with a license to integrate them into coursework.

ETSI welcomes feedback on the use of these teaching materials. Please complete our survey in order to provide your comments.

The proceedings of the ETSI conference, “Boosting ICT Business and Innovation: A Comprehensive Approach to Standardization Education in Europe”, held on 4-5 October 2018, are also available.

If you want more information on the ETSI Education about Standardization activities please contact

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