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 Tuesday, 21 January 2003
Tuesday, 21 January 2003 13:59:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Internet Software Consortium has announced they've come to agreement with the Spain Internet Exchange (EspaNix) to anycast the F root server in Madrid.  For more info on anycasting on this site, see "Anycasting the root name servers" and "Distributing the K-Root Service by Anycast Routing". This follows on from their announcement in November 2002 to create F server mirrors in the Asia-Pacific region. Update: APNIC today (January 23, 2003) made a Call for Expressions of Interest for the support of APNIC Points Of Presence in the Asia Pacific region, including potentialhosting of instances of the F root server. APNIC has also provided a root server trial FAQ.

Tuesday, 21 January 2003 13:52:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 17 January 2003

OAGI, an XML business language standards group, recently joined four International Standards Organizations in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Electronic Business, which includes the IEC, ISO, ITU and UN/ECE [].

  • "The purpose of the MoU is to minimize the risk of divergent and competitive approaches to standardization, avoid duplication of efforts and confusion amongst users," said Houlin Zhao, Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. "Under the MoU's Management Group, for instance, ITU technical groups will be able to share their agendas with OASIS technical committees to promote convergence where appropriate and advance the interests of the marketplace at-large."
Friday, 17 January 2003 10:56:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 16 January 2003

Last July 2002, the OECD updated its Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks. Last week they made available a related suggested Implementation Plan (PDF), which most significantly, makes specific suggestions on the exact role of government in fostering and promoting security.

Thursday, 16 January 2003 18:54:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Grid Computing Good for Business. Corporations are starting to salivate over grid computing's potential for massive storage and processing power. Its creators -- tech and science geeks -- look forward to a new era. ""Now we're starting to see major industrial players engage in grid computing. That's going to change the nature of what we do." [Wired News]

Thursday, 16 January 2003 18:25:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In a follow-up to my earlier piece, it's finally available: Lufthansa is now offering onboard wireless broadband service on scheduled flights. They've started with the popular Frankfurt - Washington D.C. (Dulles) run. Lufthansa's press release announcing the service is here.

Thursday, 16 January 2003 17:30:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 15 January 2003

ITU's annual World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting opened today. The meeting will cover topics related to the definition, collection, processing, dissemination and use of telecommunication/ICT indicators (statistics). The programme and list of documents is available.

Wednesday, 15 January 2003 11:10:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 01 January 2003

[Computerworld] Wi-Fi spectrum battle pits antiterrorism efforts against commercial growth: "The U.S. position paper, submitted to the ITU at its November meeting in preparation for the ITU's World Radio Conference (WRC) in June, which will make the spectrum decisions, endorses a global allocation for WLANs in the 5.150-5.350 band as long as radars are protected by a technique know as Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS), which shuts down WLAN transmissions when a radar signal is detected."

Wednesday, 01 January 2003 16:35:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 29 December 2002

[New York Times] Who Owns the Internet? You and i Do: "Mr. Turow, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, studies how people use online technology and how that affects their lives. He has begun a small crusade to de-capitalize Internet — and, by extension, to acknowledge a deep shift in the way that we think about the online world." "Mr. Jones was cool to the idea, until he looked at copies of Scientific American from the late 19th century, and noticed that words for new technologies, like Phonograph, were often uppercased."

Sunday, 29 December 2002 12:42:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 23 December 2002

Countries with high broadband penetration are seeing the development of specialized portals devoted to broadband service delivery (e.g. streaming TV, pay per view video). A good example is Hong Kong's

Monday, 23 December 2002 16:12:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

News on US E-Government Initiatives in the New York Times: Move to Open Government Electronically.

Monday, 23 December 2002 12:02:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 20 December 2002

The ITU-T has announced (Word) the approval of ITU-T Recommendation J.122 (Second Generation Transmission Systems for Interactive Cable Television Services – IP Cable Modems). From the prepublished Recommendation J.122: "As cable operators have widely deployed high-speed data services on cable television systems, the demand for upstream bandwidth has increased, particularly with the popularity of more symmetric data applications. The current Recommendation has been created for the purpose of increasing channel capacity and improving noise immunity. The intended service will allow transparent bidirectional transfer of Internet Protocol (IP) traffic, between the cable system headend and customer locations, over an all-coaxial or hybrid-fibre/coax (HFC) cable network." Cablelabs has issued an associated press release:

  • "The new standard can be used as the foundation upon which IPCablecom IP-communication/telephony services can be offered. The standardization is remarkable due to the fact that work on the specification began less than 18 months ago. The rapid standardization is important to promoting worldwide adoption of this important technology."

CommsDesign also has a related piece.

Friday, 20 December 2002 11:51:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 19 December 2002

[Wired]: Bye Telemarketing, Hi More Spam? "According to Enrique Salem, CEO of Brightmail, which filters 10 percent of Internet e-mail, eight percent of the mail the company filtered in September 2001 was spam. In November 2002, it was 40 percent."

Thursday, 19 December 2002 15:25:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

From The Anatomy of the Grid (PDF):

  • "The term "the Grid" was coined in the mid 1990s to denote a proposed distributed computing infrastructure for advanced science and engineering. Considerable progress has since been made on the construction of such an infrastructure, but the term "Grid" has also been conflated, at least in popular perception, to embrace everything from advanced networking to artificial intelligence."
  • "The real and specific problem that underlies the Grid concept is coordinated resource sharing and problem solving in dynamic, multi-institutional virtual organizations."

Also see The Globus Project and the Global Grid Forum.

Thursday, 19 December 2002 14:30:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Media Advisory: ITU to hold Workshop on Member States' experiences with ccTLDs. More information and contributions to the meeting can be found here.

Thursday, 19 December 2002 14:03:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

From News.comSpeedy Net video codec done, but late: "The technical design of a compression technology that promises to stream video over the Internet at DVD-worthy speeds has been completed, according to the international standards team developing it. But the widely anticipated standard, known as Recommendation H.264 of the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU), won't be ready for public consumption until March--three months behind schedule." This work is done in ITU-T Study Group 16, the ITU-T Lead Study Group on multimedia services, systems and terminals.

Thursday, 19 December 2002 10:16:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 17 December 2002
Tuesday, 17 December 2002 18:43:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

SPAM Conference: Cambridge, MA on January 17, 2003 at the first conference on spam filtering. List of speakers.

  • "The scale and effect of the spam epidemic leads us to suggest that spam is no longer simply a nuisance, but is a type of information security problem."

GIP also held a workshop on SPAM in summer 2002 and the presentations can be found here.

Tuesday, 17 December 2002 18:23:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Tuesday, 17 December 2002 11:44:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 16 December 2002

WIPO has published a new report: Intellectual Property on the Internet: A Survey of Issues. "The Survey focuses on recent developments in the traditional fields of copyright, trademarks and patents, as well as domain names, and progress in private international law and alternative dispute resolution. It also explores the particular concerns that face developing countries in e-development, and outlines the ways in which WIPO is addressing these various issues."

Monday, 16 December 2002 18:01:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 December 2002
Friday, 13 December 2002 13:26:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 12 December 2002

On 10 December 2002, I participated (with experts from the ITU BDT) in a brainstorming session hosted at the WMO on the topic of "Triangular Cooperation for Cost Effective Access to the Internet in Africa", sponsored by the Third World Academy of Sciences and the Special Unit for Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (SU/TCDC), part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). I made a presentation and was asked to provide some more references to related resource materials. Here are a few: ITU Workshop on Improving IP Connectivity in the Least Developed Countries, Africa and the Internet, AfrISPA: Association of African Internet Service Provider Associations, The Halfway Proposition (PDF): Proposal for African traffic aggregation and "digital arteries", Mike Jensen's site on African Internet Connectivity, Balancing Act: Newsletter covering connectivity developments in Africa, and Mike Jensen's Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Africa: A Status Report (September 2002 Word Advance Copy). As I come across materials on ICT Development, I'll post them on a general ICT Development page.

Thursday, 12 December 2002 18:34:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

"Sender-keeps-all" or "bill-and-keep" accounting mechanisms are simple accounting schemes common in the deployment of new telecommunication technologies. However, in asymmetric traffic environments or where highly diversified service offerings emerge (e.g. those requiring guaranteed bandwidth), these models tend to shift to revenue sharing mechanisms among operators and/or content providers. In some cases, this can lead to new market dynamics. One example is the success of NTT Docomo's i-mode service, which some argue is mostly related to its billing gateway technology, permitting revenue sharing and encouraging the growth of new external content providers.

Many previously "free" Internet services are shifting to subscription or metered-based schemes and there's a lot of standards activity underway focused on charging, accounting and cross-operator settlement schemes for IP-based networks. In the public switched telephone network (PSTN) world, which is focused on a single service, voice, accounting mechanisms are primarily built around call detail records (CDRs). In the IP-based world, the service offerings can be much wider (voice, email, web, streaming access), so the challenge has been to develop a more flexible format that can capture the relevant metrics for a wide range of service classes. An interesting development is the Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR).

ITU-T Study Group 3, who deal with tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues, are currently meeting at the ITU. At this meeting, the Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization (IPDR), has given an interesting presentation (PDF) on its latest activities, particularly with regard to the emerging Network Data Management Usage (NDM-U) specification. This is a development to keep an eye on in the future.

Thursday, 12 December 2002 12:24:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 11 December 2002

Looks like Hutchison 3G UK, a unit of Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, will be the first to deploy 3G production services in Europe branded "3" although the launch date is still unclear (there's a "Founder" program for early users). They've released their prices and list of initial and planned services.

Wednesday, 11 December 2002 10:34:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |