What we are

We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, widely respected for our neutrality and trustworthiness.

We exist for all those who need to be involved in the standardization of telecommunications and pride ourselves on being open:

  • We create standards via consensus and through the direct input of our members
  • Most of our technical meetings are open to all our members and almost any organization from anywhere in the world can become a member

We are highly regarded for our world-leading Intellectual Policy Rights (IPR) Policy based on FRAND principles.

A European Standards Organization

ETSI is the recognized regional standards body – European Standards Organization (ESO) – 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 founded initially to serve European needs, but we have a global perspective and our standards are now used the world over.

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

In addition, as a partner in the international Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™), 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 strategic position

We have defined our role and our work in our Long Term Strategy.


ETSI was set up in 1988 by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) in response to proposals from the European Commission.

Landmarks over the years include standards to enable technologies that have helped to shape the modern world.

Our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2013 brought together many members and staff from the past and present.