IEEE-SA, ETSI renew standards pact

Nov. 20, 2012
Framework for coordination between technical groups increasingly relies on standards for interoperability, say representatives.

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have renewed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that calls for collaboration between the two standards-setting organizations.

ETSI sets standards for information and communications technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast, and Internet technologies. It is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. The not-for-profit association comprises more than 750 member companies and organizations, drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents.

“The framework for coordination between technical groups will greatly benefit industry as it increasingly relies on standards for interoperability,” says Luis Jorge Romero, director-general of ETSI. “This agreement will allow ETSI representatives to become more knowledgeable about IEEE activities and vice versa, of course.”

The IEEE-SA is the standards-setting body within IEEE. It is responsible for more than 900 active standards, with more than 500 additional standards under development.

“ETSI is the ideal partner for IEEE-SA’s continued progress on expanding cooperation between technical committees with a global reach,” comments Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for IEEE-SA. “Sharing information is the key factor here. Collaboration between governing bodies is top of mind. It’s all part of our vision for widespread adoption of globally relevant standards and our commitment to work cohesively with standards organizations around the world.”

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