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UNE joins the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as a full member


  • The Spanish Association for Standardization increases its membership in the European organisation to boost the competitiveness of the telecommunications sector and to develop standardisation activities to support the new Digital Spain 2025 Agenda.

Madrid, 13 May 2022 - With the objective of supporting the digital transformation of the Spanish business fabric, the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has increased its membership in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to become a full member. It is now one of the over 900 members from more than 60 countries that form part of this European organisation recognised by the European Commission in the field of Telecommunications and Information Technology (IT).

UNE, as a national standardisation organisation, was already an observer member of ETSI. Being part of this new category means that UNE members will gain greater access to ETSI's technical committees and industry groups, it will facilitate the influence of Spanish organisations in the development of standards, and it will contribute to greater coordination between ETSI, CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), of which UNE is the Spanish member.

"One of the main objectives of our strategic plan for 2025 is to provide solutions to the challenges facing Spanish society and its business fabric. And, without a doubt, one of these challenges is digital transformation. For this reason, we believe this new ETSI membership is valuable as it will enable us to provide an effective response to our members and influence the development of new standards in the field of telecommunications" said Paloma García, Director of UNE Standardisation Programmes and Interest Groups.

The European Institute currently has 40 Spanish members, including the State Secretariat for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures (SETELECO), with whom UNE actively works. A recent update of the series of UNE 133100 standards on Infrastructures for telecommunications networks has just been presented, including new more efficient and sustainable solutions.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute is made up of private companies, associations, research centres, universities, Public administration bodies and standardisation organisations that, at the level of technical activity, are structured into 29 technical committees where European standards and specifications are developed, and 17 industry groups where industrial specifications are drawn up.