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 Monday, 27 June 2005

In Netwizards Blog: according to the records in the IETF's database (here and here), both SPF and Sender-ID anti-spam proposals were tentatively approved by the IESG (the "approval board" of the IETF) as experimental standards RFCs.

Monday, 27 June 2005 13:41:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 12 June 2005

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region plans to enact an anti-spam law next year to crack down on companies that send unsolicited e-mails or make automated telemarketing calls to consumers.

"Au Man-ho, director-general of the Telecommunications Authority, said in a statement Saturday that direct marketing companies using automated calling on an unsolicited basis can be considered a spam problem."

Click here to view the full article.

Sunday, 12 June 2005 16:32:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 10 June 2005

There are lots different indices which rank the world's countries according to their level of penetration of ICTs, or their e-readiness. But until now there has been no agreement on what indicators to include, or what methodology to use. Now, in the framework of the implementation of the WSIS Plan of Action, a new methodology, prepared by Michael Minges of TMG Inc on behalf of ITU, has been released for developing a composite "Digital Opportunity Index". This new methodology is based on the core list of indicators agreed by the "Partnership for Measuring ICT for Development" of UN agencies at their meeting on 7-9 February 2005.

The draft methodology is structured around eleven indicators in four clusters:

  • Affordability and coverage: Mobile phone coverage and tariff baskets for mobiles and Internet access.
  • Access path and device: Penetration of fixed-lines, mobile phones and PCs.
  • Infrastructure: Fixed and mobile Internet subscribers and international Internet bandwidth per inhabitant.
  • Quality: Penetration of fixed and mobile broadband subscribers.

The index has been developed according to a modular methodology, so that it can be easily extended, adpated for national use, or used alongside other indices, such as the UNDP's Human Development Index. As a proof-of-concept, the methodology has been applied to 40 leading economies, with Sweden, Denmark, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Hong Kong-China appearing in the top five. The index will be further discussed at the WSIS Thematic Meeting on "Multi-stakeholder partnerships for bridging the digital divide", to be held on 23-24 June 2005, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Friday, 10 June 2005 09:31:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 07 June 2005

"Preparations for the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis (16-18 November 2005) have entered a crucial phase. This summit should reach an international consensus on two key unresolved issues from the first phase: Internet governance and financial mechanisms for bridging the digital divide between developed and developing countries. The European Commission has now adopted a communication outlining the EU's priorities for the Tunis meeting. To promote an Information Society for all, respectful of human rights and of freedom of expression and cultural and linguistic diversity, the EU wishes to preserve and strengthen the sound foundations laid during the first summit in Geneva."

For more details click here.

Tuesday, 07 June 2005 14:17:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 06 June 2005

Communications Minister Helen Coonan has called on Australia's neighbours to join forces to combat threats from spam email and online fraudsters.

"Closer cooperation between such bodies as APEC, the OECD and the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) will also help to develop a strategy to address the threats that spam poses to the integrity and security of the APEC region's communications infrastructure," Senator Coonan said.

Click here to view the full article.

Monday, 06 June 2005 08:35:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 03 June 2005

On 31 May 2005 the European Telecommunication Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) ran its 3rd annual conference on "New Generation Networks: The Next Telecoms Revolution". The discussion focused mostly on three issues 1) convergence, 2) regulatory and policy challenges, and 3) business opportunities. 

For more information as well as links to the presentations click here.

Friday, 03 June 2005 17:33:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

From Om Malik:

TeleGeography says that there will be 4.1 million VoIP subscribers by end of 2005 and these subscribers will spend around $1 billion on their VoIP home services. U.S. residential subscriber totals have jumped from 150,000 at the end of 2003 to well over 2 million as of March 2005. Vonage says it has about 700,000 of those 2 million subscribers, but cable operators are catching up. By the end of 2005, TeleGeography predicts that Cablevision, Comcast, and Time Warner together will have 2 million subscribers and nearly one-half of the total residential VoIP market. In other words, the heat is on, and it will be interesting to see how long Vonage can hang around in the top tier. I hope they do - because they are keeping a lot of people honest.

Still you can see the “mainstreaming” of VoIP show up in the equipment sales, which are up 40% in 1Q 2005 from 1Q 2004 to about $493 million. These are world wide numbers. “The market continues to move further mainstream, and last month’s announcement from BT is further indicative of the maturation of the market,” said Infonetics Research’s Kevin Mitchell, directing analyst.

From Infonetics Research: 1Q05 Market Highlights

  • Worldwide softswitch revenue is up 4% from 4Q04 and 63% from 1Q04
  • Nortel is the worldwide revenue market share leader in the softswitch market
  • Siemens is number two for worldwide softswitch revenue
  • Italtel is third worldwide but first in EMEA after nearly doubling softswitch revenue share in EMEA in 1Q05
  • Trunk media gateways topped $200 million and high-density media gateways represent 78% of all trunk media gateway revenue
  • The geographic breakdown for total service provider next gen voice equipment: 45% North America, 27% EMEA, 21% Asia Pacific, and 7% CALA
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Friday, 03 June 2005 12:46:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Richard Stastny in VoIP and ENUM points to three interesting presentations given at VON Europe 2005 on ENUM:

He provides more detailed comments on each of these presentations in VON Europe 2005 - ENUM Update - Part 1, VON Europe 2005 - ENUM Update - Part 2 - Tom Kershaw and VON Europe 2005 - ENUM Update - Part 3 - XConnect or Catch 22.

Friday, 03 June 2005 12:35:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recommended the introduction of a uniform intellectual property (IP) protection mechanism designed to further curb unauthorized registration of domain names in all new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). This came in a report by WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) on the IP implications of introducing additional generic Top-Level Domains (new gTLDs). The report, "New Generic Top-Level Domains: Intellectual Property Considerations", which is available at, said that such a preventive mechanism would complement the curative relief provided by the existing Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Friday, 03 June 2005 11:57:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Matthew Fordahl writes in an AP newswire article on Yahoo! News:

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. and Internet portal Yahoo Inc. are combining their efforts to combat e-mail spam and forgery in a step that's expected to help expand adoption of the technology.

The move, announced Wednesday, combines two techniques that rely on cryptography to help determine whether the sender of an e-mail message is legitimate. Sending messages using a false address is a common tactic of spammers.

[via Fergie's Tech Blog]

Friday, 03 June 2005 11:44:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The BBC has an article on the adoption of open source software in Brazil.

Mr Cerqueira Cesar is a leading light behind the newly-created Global Organisation for Free Software, which has been set up by a broad coalition of Brazilian businesses and NGOs. More details are being released this week at an International Forum on Free Software, in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.

The government here has its eye on a UN summit on information technology, to take place in Tunisia in November.

Already, Brazilian diplomats are pushing for a final declaration that would stress the advantages of open-source software.

They have won the backing of India and are now canvassing broader support from the developing world.

Friday, 03 June 2005 11:35:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

From the ITU-T Newslog: A meeting of Study Group 15, the ITU-T group responsible for studies into optical and other transport network technologies, has consented a new Recommendation that defines the way for equipment providers to produce systems for Ethernet virtual private line (EVPL) services. EVPLs offer a way for operators to provide point-to-point connections for carrying data over shared-bandwidth facilities.

The announcement is in line with the current industry trend to offer Ethernet services, and further signals Ethernet's growth in popularity as an enterprise telecom service.

Long-recognized as a ubiquitous LAN technology, Ethernet is now seeing increased attention as a carrier-grade service. In part this is due to the convenience of being able to simply provide end-to-end service, but also carriers can realize savings both in terms of capital and operational expenditure.

In terms of capital expenditure, Ethernet is easy and cost-effective to provision in the network. In terms of operational expenditure, carriers can deploy a single physical connection to the end user, but adapt its data-carrying capacity as end-user requirements dictate over time. This flexibility means a significant saving for the operator and the customer.

This work follows earlier work in the area of ITU Ethernet standards approved last year. See this ITU press release from June 2004.

The new Recommendation - G.8011.2 - defines the service attributes and parameters for carrying Ethernet characteristic information over shared-bandwidth, point-to-point connections, provided by SDH, ATM, MPLS, PDH, OTH, or ETY server layer networks.

Friday, 03 June 2005 11:18:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |