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Standards, keys to guaranteeing the security and interoperability of telecommunications and IT


??????The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, and the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures have held the 2nd Meeting on Telecommunications and IT Laws and Standards. The event took place at the SETELECO headquarters and showcased the relevant contribution that standards make to ensure the interoperability, security and accessibility of Information and Telecommunications Technologies (IT), and thus to promote the digital society.

At the event, experts noted how telecommunications infrastructures and services are supported by a multitude of European standards, many of them from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which are essential to comply with the law. They also underscored the importance of technical standards as a solid ally of government agencies.

Pedro Alonso, deputy general manager of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Operators at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, and Javier Garc�a, UNE's general manager and vice president-elect of ISO, were tasked with welcoming the attendees and opening the sessions. "Today, we live in a hyper-connected world where our society is increasingly digital. Because of this, we believe that in order to maintain a series of telecommunications infrastructures and services, it is especially necessary to have standard-based guidelines to guarantee people full accessibility and security", said Javier Garc�a.

The event featured two panel discussions where various managers and experts discussed new developments in standardization in the telecommunications and technology sector, making it clear that it is essential to develop standards that regulate the sector and protect users in areas such as 5G and connectivity.

Bridging the digital divide and making it possible for all organizations, especially SMEs, to get on board with the digital transformation demanded by the market are two of the objectives highlighted in the first panel titled "Standardization Scenarios in Telecommunications and IT". Emilio D�vila, Head of the ICT Standardisation Sector at the European Commission, participated in the event; Luis Jorge Romero, CEO of ETSI; Paloma Garc�a, Director of Standardization Programmes and Stakeholder Engagement at UNE; Eusebio Felguera, Head of Digital Public Policy at Telef�nica; and Ismael Arribas, CEO of KUNFUD CERO SEIS, S.L.

The second panel focused on several topics: "Contribution of Standardization to Telecommunications and IT". The panel began with a presentation by Marta Serrano, deputy director general of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, on the new General Telecommunications Law. Thanks to this recently approved law, Spain now ranks third among our European peers in terms of connectivity infrastructures in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI).

Also taking part in the panel were Carmen Mart�n, Head of Electrotechnical Business and ICT at UNE; Borja Larrumbide, Security Assurance Manager at Amazon Web Services for Spain and Portugal; and Emilio Herrera, Vice-President of the Smart Cities Commission at AMETIC. The experts highlighted the importance of areas such as Digital Enabling Technologies, cloud interoperability and the IoT node.

To close out the panel, the conclusions were presented by Arturo Azcorra, General Secretary of Telecommunications and Audiovisual Services at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.