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1. Foreword

            The ETSI Long-Term Strategy for the five years spanning 2016 to

            2021 develops and expands the objectives set out in its preceding
            Long-Term Strategy, as well as introducing new elements that reflect
            the evolving need and nature of standards for Information and

            Communication Technology (ICT), the way they are created and the
            scope of their application.

            It sets the strategic framework for ETSI’s work   Standardization Bodies and European
            and its leading contribution to the digital      Standardization Organizations . Partners also
            transformation of private and public sectors,    include all major societal forces, communities,
            positioning ETSI technical standards as core to   fora and consortia representing different
            the digital economy.                             elements of the society.

            ETSI produces technical standards and other      ETSI works at the forefront of emerging
            deliverables intended for global use for digital   technologies, having close relationships with
            technologies, products and services. The high    research communities and other innovative
            quality of its work and its open approach to     organizations, addressing the technical
            standardization has seen its reach extend from   issues that will drive the future economy.
            European roots to the entire world.              Its processes ensure inclusiveness of all
                                                             stakeholders, in particular SMEs and societal
            ETSI technical standards and other               interests organizations.
            deliverables are produced by representatives
            of its members, through active participation,    ETSI is a not-for-profit organization created
            cooperation and consensus in an atmosphere       in 1988 and recognized by the European Union
            of openness and transparency, where all          as a European Standards Organization (ESO)
            contribute as equals.                            in 1992.

            ETSI members include Small and Medium
            Enterprises (SMEs) together with large
            enterprises, from the manufacturing and
            service sectors, government ministries,
            regulatory authorities, universities and
            societal interest organizations. With a diverse
            membership of more than 800 organizations
            worldwide, drawn from 66 countries and
            five continents, it counts among its members
            world leading companies and innovative R&D

            ETSI partners include all relevant worldwide
            Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs),
            particularly those recognized as International


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