ETSI

ETSI is the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.

Membership

Membership of ETSI is open to any company or organization interested in the creation of telecommunications standards and standards in other electronic communications networks and related services.

Various categories of membership are available, depending on the geographical location of the company or organization and the depth to which it wishes to be involved. Full membership of ETSI may be obtained by a legal person, be it an association, a company, a grouping, an organization or a public authority, which is established in a country falling within the geographical area of CEPT and which commits itself to comply with the Statutes and Rules of Procedure of ETSI.

Associate Membership may be obtained by a legal person, be it a company, a grouping, an organization which is not established in a country falling within the geographical area of CEPT and not eligible for Full membership. Observer membership may be obtained by a legal person entitled to become a Full or Associate member.

Deliverables

The following ETSI deliverables are available:

Deliverable Description
European Standard (or European Norm, EN) Used when the document is intended to meet needs specific to Europe and requires transposition into national standards, or when the drafting of the document is required under an EC/EFTA Mandate.
ETSI Standard (ES) Used when the document contains normative requirements and it is necessary to submit the document to the whole ETSI membership for approval.
ETSI Guide (EG) Used when the document contains guidance on handling of technical standardization activities, it is submitted to the whole ETSI membership for approval.
ETSI Special Report (SR) Used for various purposes, including giving public availability to information not produced within a technical committee. ETSI SRs are also used for 'virtual' documents, e.g. documents that are dynamically generated by a query to a database via the web. An SR is published by the technical committee in which it was produced.
ETSI Technical Specification (TS) Used when the document contains normative requirements and when short time-to-market, validation and maintenance are essential, it is approved by the technical committee that drafted it.
ETSI Technical Report (TR) Used when the document contains mainly informative elements, it is approved by the technical committee that drafted it.
ETSI Group Specification (GS) Used by Industry Specification Groups according to the decision making procedures defined in the group's Terms of Reference. This deliverable type is approved and adopted by the Industry Specification Group that drafted it.