On the occasion of The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (“ETSI”) General Assembly held on 22nd November 2013 at Mandelieu France a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ETSI and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). Mr. Rajan S. Mathews, Director General COAI and Mr. Louise Jorge Romero, DG ETSI, formally signed the MoU representing their respective organisations.
ETSI undertakes pre-standardization and standardization activities in areas common to telecommunications, information technology, sound and television broadcasting. ETSI aims to produce globally applicable standards and is the recognized European Standardization Organization for telecommunications. Whereas the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) is one of the leading Indian Industry association dedicated to the advancement of modern communication through the establishment of a world-class cellular infrastructure and to delivering the benefits of affordable mobile communication services to the people of India.
The main aim of signing the Memorandum of Understanding between ETSI and the COAI is the commonality of purpose and objective to perform and promote, directly or indirectly, regional and international standardization with the aim of contributing to the establishment of a global information infrastructure.
ETSI and the COAI have a reciprocal interest in avoiding duplication of technical work and would both benefit from adopting a complementary approach to the standardization process in the domains of mutual interest especially Green Energy / Energy Efficiency, Telecom Security, Smart Grid / Smart Meter, M2M, Intelligent Transport, etc. ETSI, through their local representative SESEI based in New Delhi, and COAI will work together through entering into the MoU to strengthen their relationship and foster a closer co-operation on common agenda items between them and promote ETSI-India cooperation on standards related issues.