The Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of South Korea and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This renewal confirms the willingness of two major standards development organizations to continue to share their work and expertise in order to contribute to the development of globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The original MoU was established in 1992 and was last renewed in 2005.

TTA and ETSI have many common areas where the work of the two organizations intersects at the point where specifications and standards development come together. The agreement ensures a high level of alignment between the two organizations and their respective regions. In the foreseen life span of the new MoU, TTA and ETSI and their respective secretariats will work together to further stimulate collaboration on identified technical areas with a global impact. These include Intelligent Transport Systems, the fast growing sector of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting.

"While reviewing the text of the MoU, TTA recognized that ETSI and TTA are covering more areas where there is scope for cooperation, including mobile communication aspects such as IMT-Advanced and 3GPP, and next generation networks such as M2M, Intelligent Transport Systems, Cloud Computing and TETRA. I believe these areas are essential for both organizations and certainly ones where we can be the international standardization leaders," said Keun Hyeob Lee, TTA President.

ETSI's Director-General, Walter Weigel, remarked, "ETSI is committed to ensuring global collaboration with all the important standardization organizations of the world. TTA is unquestionably one of our long-standing partners with whom we have collaborated very effectively in the past, especially in the big success story of 3GPP. I am therefore delighted by the renewal of the MoU with TTA and I am confident that this collaboration will lead to many benefits for the development of ICT standards with worldwide impact."