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Frequently asked questions

How do I use the BSI Telecoms website?

What can I do with the content?

You can access over 37,000 standards, specifications and reports to assist your work. You can view the standards, reports and specifications online. To download any document, you will need to complete a short form.
The content is currently provided by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and is protected by copyright, author rights and/or other intellectual property rights. Any downloading or otherwise copying from the BSI Telecoms Website, will not transfer title to any software or material to anyone. For further information, please refer to our terms and conditions.

What are the different types of standards produced by ETSI? 

ETSI produce a range of standards, specifications and reports and are categorised as follows:
These different types are produced depending on market demand and purpose, and the time taken to draft and approve them can vary.

What websites/organizations do the documents link to?

The documents have referenced standards, specifications and reports and these have links to the relevant documents on the BSI Telecoms website. There are also references to relevant standards from other standards bodies, which you can also access by clicking on the links. These include:

How do I get involved in standards?

We actively seek to bring together all those with significant interest in particular projects.
We encourage participation in a number of ways, including becoming a member of a BSI committee and we’re also on hand to give you the support you need.
Why not find out about getting involved in helping to develop standards in the UK?
You can also discover more about getting involved in electrotechnical standards by visiting the ETSI website.

I’m having a problem using the site and I’m using Internet Explorer 8

You may experience a few display issues if you are using Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) which sometimes makes websites display incorrectly. To get a better experience you can either:
  • upgrade your version of Internet Explorer. Visit the Microsoft website to find the latest version
  • try a different, free, browser; the website works on a number of other browsers including: 

What if I want to view all standards on the website?

If you want to view all the latest versions of the standards, enter * into the search. The search results will show you all the most recent versions of the standards and specifications.

I want to access an older version of a standard, how do I do that?

Search for the most recent edition of the standard or specification. Click on the title and on the standard page, you will find a ‘Related Documents’ icon at the top of the page. Click on this link and you will be directed to ‘Other versions’ where you will find all the previous versions if any exist.

I’ve found a standard to read online, but there isn’t an option to download a PDF

Some standards or specifications are not available as a PDF. If you think the document should have a download, check the ETSI website where you will be able to download a PDF if one is available.

What happens if I find a technical problem?

As this is a trial website, we do not yet offer full technical support. However, please complete our site survey to provide feedback or contact Customer Services with your enquiry.
If you have a specific question about the ETSI contact, please contact ETSI

Who created the BSI Telecoms website and why?

The website was created by BSI to provide access to telecoms standards, specifications and reports. BSI is the business standards company that helps organizations all over the world make excellence a habit. We are well placed to provide this content as the UK government appointed body to represent the UK in international standards making activities and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) National Standards Organization for the UK.

Where does the content come from? 

Initially the content is provided by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), who produce globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and who are officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization.
The links in the content are to relevant and related standards and specifications produced by other standards organizations, including those in telecoms, e.g. International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Internet Engineering TaskForce (IETF), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Standards Organization (ISO).

Why are standards important?

Standards exist principally to provide a reliable basis on which common expectations can be shared regarding specific characteristics of a product, service or process. For a standard to be a useful and attractive tool for conducting business or supporting public policy, it has to command the trust and respect of all those who are likely to be affected by it. BSI and the standards bodies we work facilitate collaboration to produce relevant and specific standards.
Find out more about standards on the BSI website.


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