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IEEE STANDARDS ASSOCIATION AND THE EUROPEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS INSTITUTE RENEW MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Agreement fosters continued collaboration and increases global visibility and coordination of standards

Shuang Yu, Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing
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Ultan Mulligan, ETSI Communications
+33 4 9294 4388; ultan.mulligan@etsi.org

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, and SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE, 19 November 2012 - The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) today announced they have renewed their memorandum of understanding (MOU). This agreement continues the long-standing cooperation between IEEE-SA and ETSI, fosters collaboration between the two organizations, and further promotes mutual interests through global standards coordination.

IEEE 2030 Smart Grid Interoperability Guide signing
IEEE-SA and ETSI Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Shown in photo Left to Right: Dirk Weiler, ETSI GA chairman; Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for
IEEE-SA, and Luis Jorge Romero,
director-general of ETSI

To formally acknowledge the alliance, Luis Jorge Romero, director-general of ETSI, and Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for IEEE-SA, gathered with members of the Institute for a signing ceremony during the 60th ETSI General Assembly in Mandelieu, France on 13 November 2012. During the ceremony, the two organizations acknowledged the need for IEEE-SA and ETSI to work closely together on coordinated standards to avoid duplicated work and align under a mutually beneficial framework.

"ETSI is the ideal partner for IEEE-SA's continued progress on expanding cooperation between technical committees with a global reach," said Karachalios. "Sharing information is the key factor here. Collaboration between governing bodies is top of mind. It’s all part of our vision for widespread adoption of globally relevant standards and our commitment to work cohesively with standards organizations around the world."

"The framework for coordination between technical groups will greatly benefit industry as it increasingly relies on standards for interoperability," said Romero. "This agreement will allow ETSI representatives to become more knowledgeable about IEEE activities and vice versa, of course."

IEEE 2030 Smart Grid Interoperability Guide signing
IEEE-SA and ETSI Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Shown in photo Left to Right:
Luis Jorge Romero, director-general of ETSI, and Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for IEEE-SA

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ETSI produces globally applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and Internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 750 member companies and organizations, drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide, determine its work program and participate directly in its work. For more information visit the ETSI Web site. external link

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