“Verizon is heavily involved in standards activity.” Chris Mayer, VP Systems Integration, Verizon.

Major Standards Bodies

David Fazhong Deng, Co-Founder & CTO, OSSera, Inc., explained the importance of standards to both vendors and carriers in today's market: “Standards set the stage for business transformation to connect the dots. Standards define the necessary systems, organizations, and interactions necessary to make this happen.”

Today there are numerous standards developing organizations (SDOs) that touch telecommunications. These include:

  • ITU-T: International Telecommunication Union, Telecom Standardization Sector
  • ETSI: European Telecommunications Standards Institute
  • CTIA: Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
  • TMForum: The TeleManagement Forum
  • ATIS: Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
  • CITEL PCC.I: Inter-American Telecommunication Commission, Permanent Consultative Committee I
  • ITSMF: Information Technology Senior Management Forum
  • DMTF: Distributed Management Task Force
  • OASIS: Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
  • IETF: Internet Engineering Task Force
  • NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • OMG: Object Management Group
  • W3C: The World Wide Web Consortium
  • ANSI: American National Standards Institute
  • 3GPP: 3rd Generation Partnership Project
  • GSMA: The GSM Association

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