The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote regional and international standardization, with the aim of contributing to the establishment of a global information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

The agreement formalizes an already successful collaboration in 3GPP, the global collaboration for the development of standards for advanced mobile communication technologies, in which ATIS and ETSI are two of six Organizational Partners. The new, formalized relationship serves to align various common activities and to enable an exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Both organisations are committed to avoiding duplication of technical work and both benefit from adopting a complementary approach to the standardization process in their areas of mutual interest. The MoU’s scope includes data-sharing agreements and calls for both organizations to participate in joint meetings with the principal goal of developing and deploying next generation networks.

“This agreement further strengthens ATIS’ relationship with ETSI and reflects a shared vision regarding the importance of standards in global commerce,” said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “The areas of mutual interest between our two organizations have been strategically mapped to allow more effective collaboration and reflect the fact that standardization efforts increasingly have a global impact. From wireless to broadband to emerging applications such as Smart Grid, standardization is vital to ensuring that new ICT products and services can be deployed.”