The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) determines international standards in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). The standards are decisive for the future of the sector and serve as an important regulatory basis and for defining the strategy to move towards a digital society in the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). OFCOM therefore follows this work closely and is actively involved in ETSI’s committees.

ETSI is one of three official standardisation bodies of the EU and EFTA. It creates standards – often based on industry proposals – which provide the foundations for future fixed and mobile telecommunication products and services for telephony, broadcasting and data transmission. It is also mandated by various authorities - particularly the European Commission – to develop ICT standards and studies. The results of this work are often coordinated worldwide with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and taken into account when developing national policies. In addition to technical standards, ETSI also draws up specifications, technical reports and guidelines for products, services and interfaces.  

Importance for Switzerland

ETSI is the most important European observation and discussion platform for ICT development and hence in the technological process of moving towards a digital society. It is therefore crucial and in its own national interests and in the interests of people, businesses and authorities in Switzerland that Switzerland works together with neighbouring countries in this field to gain an understanding of the implications of these new technologies.  

OFCOM’s role

OFCOM represents the Federal Administration in ETSI. Its involvement makes it possible to:

  • gain a better understanding of, and play a part in the ICT revolution;
  • analyse and clarify the legislative framework of this sector in Europe and throughout the world;
  • take part in the development and adoption of technical standards which are central to European policy and regulation.

Experts from OFCOM participate in ETSI activities relevant to Switzerland, for example in the field of mobile telecommunications, fixed networks, broadcasting, emergency and alarm systems, and service quality and security.

Specialist staff
Last modification 30.08.2018

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