The European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) has appointed Dirk Weiler, head of Standard Management at Nokia Siemens Networks, as Chairman of the ETSI General Assembly. In addition to chairing ETSI’s highest decision making authority as of December 1, 2010, Dirk continues presiding the ETSI IPR Special Committee (Intellectual Property Rights).
ETSI produces globally applicable standards for ICT covering fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast, Internet and other areas. It is one of the three European Standardization Organizations recognized by the European Commission and member states to create European Norms’ Established in 1988 to initially serve European needs. ETSI is driving change in Europe’s telecommunications industry and has become highly respected as a producer of technical standards for worldwide use.
“ICT is more and more influencing other industries such as energy, intelligent transport systems or E-health and -medicine. As a result, we can see both increasing cooperation and competition with those industries’ standardization organizations. ETSI and the ICT industry are working closely with the European Commission, who will issue a new regulation for the European Standardization System next year”, says Dirk Weiler. “The relationship between standards and patents is an important economic factor for the communication industry. The ETSI IPR policy is acknowledged as best in class and the ETSI IPR database containing 25.000 declared patents is outnumbering any other standardization organization’s database worldwide. This puts ETSI clearly in a leading role when it comes to shaping our industry through standardization and IPR.”
Nokia Siemens Networks strongly believes in the value of open standards as enablers for the industry’s evolution. “Nokia Siemens Networks appreciates the great work done in ETSI during the years and we are honored that Dirk was appointed these chairmanships”, says Pertti Lukander, head of Industry Environment at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We will ensure Dirk gets our full support to carry these responsibilities and we will continue strongly supporting ETSI in order to maintain its leading role in the changing global ICT industry and as a partner of 3GPP.”
This appointment continues a long series of ETSI chairmanships and other leadership positions Nokia Siemens Networks has held over the years.
This blog post is by Martin Liendl, Communications Manager at Nokia Siemens Networks.