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Paolo Usai
I'm Paolo Usai, graduated in Physics at the University of Turin, Italy.

I joined CSELT, the Telecommunications Research Center of Italy, in 1969, and I have been involved in the standardization of ETSI GSM and UMTS ... since the beginning, mainly as far as concerns the 'speech coding' and 'radio' aspects.


After many years spent as a delegate in TM5, SMG2, also chairing in 1995-96 the Speech Experts Group that produced the GSM EFR codec standard, and acting as SMG11 Vice-Chair, I joined ETSI in July 1997 as an Expert in Speech Coding and Quality Evaluation (seconded by Telecom Italia Lab, with contracts for PT 12 and PT 83).

I left Telecom Italia S.p.A. at the end of 2007, and I am now working directly for ETSI since January 2nd, 2008.

My present activity in ETSI takes place in the 3GPP Mobile Competence Center (MCC):


  1. in TSG GERAN, acting as Secretary of the TSG-GERAN and of the TSG-GERAN WG1 Radio Aspects, until end of June 2016;

  2. in TSG RAN, acting as Secretary of the new TSG-RAN WG6 GSM-EDGE radio and protocol aspects, from 1st July 2016 on;

  3. in TSG-SA, acting as Secretary of the WG4 Codec and also chairing the SA4 Speech Quality Sub-Working Group.

I have also been contributing to ITU-T standardization activities since 1981, in particular as Chairman of the Speech Quality Experts Group of SG12 for many years; at present, I am Rapporteur of Q7/12 "Methods, tools and test plans for the subjective assesment of speech and audio quaility".

Contact Paolo:

Tel: +33 (0)4 92 94 42 36 email: paolo.usai@3gpp.org
Mobile: +33 (0)6 74 40 83 73
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