ETSI Publishes Technology Radar White Paper

ETSI Technology Radar (ETR) is a comprehensive summary of knowledge and other technology reports within ETSI as well as questionnaires and other inputs from ETSI members and technical groups. It has been focused on 10 key technology trends as shown in the picture above. This selection does not exclude future revisions or integrations, along with further technology evolutions.

The executive summary from the white paper says:

The initial analysis demonstrates that ETSI is already active in several of the identified trends, giving clear assurance that ETSI is already on the right track. Other trends are still emerging, and it is important to promote the discussion, verify the requirements, and be ready to be at the frontline of these upcoming technology developments.

The time frame identifies different maturity levels of these trends, with respect to standardization needs, starting from Q4 2020 up to the end of the present decade. This analysis leads to a different set of recommendations for ETSI. The ETR has classified the different recommendations into four main clusters:

  • MONITOR, when the trend is still considered immature for standardization, or further exploration work is necessary to identify the appropriate ETSI contribution to the standardization efforts by other SDOs.
  • INITIATE, when the trend is considered mature for further evaluation and action in ETSI.
  • DEVELOP, when the trend is already addressed by the ETSI Community, shaping future standards.
  • PROMOTE, when ETSI is already fully engaged in the development of standards related to the concerned trend, and further outreach and promotion could be envisaged.

Considering the overall trend analysis, the ETR main findings can be summarized as follows:

  • Non-exhaustive: The selected 10 technical trends are key examples of technology evolutions that are likely to impact not only the present work of ETSI but also the future work and even the membership. However the pace of technology innovation is so high that other previously non-identified technical areas could rapidly appear and require further analysis.
  • Interdisciplinary: Many of the trends are strongly interleaved and can partially overlap. This results in the necessity of a stronger coordination between the various ETSI technical groups that, today or tomorrow, could be involved in related standardization activities. The ETSI secretariat, the Board, and the OCG are in the best position to manage, whenever appropriate, the requisite coordination efforts.
  • Evolution not disruption: Many of those trends are evolutionary technologies, therefore it is natural that many of them are already addressed by the current work of existing ETSI technical groups. The level of maturity, and indeed scope of these technology trends will certainly evolve in coming years. Therefore it is not just matter for ETSI to address "the next big thing" that remain at the forefront of innovation, but also ETSI must adopt the right strategy to cope with the standard opportunities that could arise from these trends, finding the right balance between innovation, partnerships, and ETSI strengths in the industry with respect to other SDOs.

No matter which of the identified technology trends advances at the fastest rate, it is clear that in all of the domains ETSI can play a significant role and define its own space in the forthcoming years.

The whitepaper is available here.

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