How do I use the BSI Telecoms website?
You can enter any word or standard number in the search box on each page of the BSI Telecoms website and this will return results that are relevant to the word or number you entered.
Refining your results
If you have a large number of results, to make your search more relevant use the filters on the left to narrow your search. For example, you can narrow your search by publication date, status or category.
There are also options to choose how many items you want to appear on the page, click through the pages, sort by title, identifier, publication date or relevance.
You can read the documents online and/or by downloading a PDF.
To download a PDF you need to complete a short form and your PDF will automatically download. The form is used to watermark the document for your use. Once you have downloaded your first document, you don't need to enter your details again. If you want to change the watermark for someone else, you will be able to change the details on the form each time.
Finding related content
There are a number of ways of finding related telecoms standards and other content:
- Using the site search you can find all documents related to the word or number you entered
- When you are on a document page, at the top there are links to related documents and relevant downloads at the top of the page. These links will direct you to relevant information, eg. parts of the same standard, other documents from the same committee and any relevant downloads (eg. xml)
- Within the documents online and within the PDF, you will find links to the majority of referenced standards.
Finding standards with parts
To search for a standard or specification with parts, use the wild card *. For example to search for all the parts of EN 301 908, type EN 301 908-* into the search.
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?
produce a range of standards, specifications and reports and are categorised as follows:
European Standard (EN)
ETSI Standard (ES)
ETSI Guide (EG)
ETSI Technical Specification (TS)
ETSI Technical Report (TR)
ETSI Special Report (SR)
ETSI Group Specification (GS)
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.
You can also discover more about getting involved in electrotechnical standards by visiting the ETSI website
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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?
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.
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.