ETSI Elects New Leaders, Renews Partnership with TCCA
Thursday, November 29, 2018 | Comments

The 72nd European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) elected new governance officials including a new chair and vice chair at its general assembly.

Neviana Nikoloski, Ph.D., was elected as the new chair of ETSI’s general assembly for a two-year period. She is manager of regulatory affairs and intellectual property rights at Phonak Communications. Dominique Wurges was elected as a new vice chair. He holds the position of director of institutional relations, standardization in Orange.

Vladimir Poulkov was re-elected as a vice chair of the general assembly, representing users for a two-year mandate. He holds the position of professor at the faculty of telecommunications in the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Steve Faraji was elected as the new chair of the ETSI IPR Special Committee for a two-year mandate. He is senior manager for patents, licensing and IPR policy at Audi.

The first partnership between ETSI and the TETRA Association, now TCCA, was signed in 1997 and was renewed during the general assembly. The cooperation between the two bodies continues and ensures coordination in evolutions of the TETRA standard, as well as in work on critical communications. ETSI and TCCA have the common objective of developing, maintaining and promoting standardized solutions for critical mobile communications, including but not limited to TETRA, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and future 5G standards.

The assembly also approved new partnership agreements with organizations from various sectors. Agreements were signed with Shift2Rail, a platform for the key stakeholders of the European rail system, and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA), an organization in charge of achieving adoption of interoperable AR-assisted enterprise systems. Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were also signed with the Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies’ (ACAB) council, which aims to harmonize the application of the conformity assessment requirements derived from the eIDAS regulation, and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) deployment manager, which is responsible for the management level of the SESAR deployment governance and associated tasks.

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