Based at Sophia Antipolis in the South of France, the ETSI Secretariat supports all the Institute's entities and activities.

ETSI Secretariat Structure

Around 120 staff members provide technical, project, administrative and logistical support to ETSI. The Secretariat is headed by the Director-General of the institute.

ETSI main building entrance

In addition technical experts are based at ETSI headquarters on a full or part-time basis in Specialist Task Forces. At any time, about 30 STFs are active, that is 100 experts.

ETSI Secretariat's Objectives and Activities

The Secretariat's objectives and activities are based on a business plan which is established annually by the Director-General.

ETSI Secretariat's Objectives

The Secretariat's main objectives are:

  • to maintain our role as a world-class ICT (telecommunications/electronic communications) standards-making organization and
  • to serve the ETSI Members for the best of their interests and for the benefit of the Institute

ETSI Secretariat's Activities 


Most of the support to the Technical Organization comes from dedicated support teams:

  • Committee Support Centre
  • Mobile Competence Centre
  • OneM2M Competence Centre
  • Document Production Centre

Here, Support Officers and Assistants look after individual committees and projects, whilst a team of editing specialists assist with the processing, approval and publication of standards and reports that are drafted by the committees/projects.


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