About ETSI

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 65 countries and five continents.World map

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

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:

Our five strategic objectives are:

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

Have a look at our pdfCorporate Brochure.

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:

Expenditure includes:

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.

History of ETSI

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

There have been many significant events and achievements since ETSI was created – and many of them have had a global impact.

The list below highlights some of the landmarks in our history.

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