Today's global communications world has many different definitions for optical transport networks and many different technologies that support them. This has resulted in a number of different Study Groups within the ITU-T, e.g. SG 4, 11, 13, 15 developing Recommendations related to optical transport. Moreover, other standards bodies, fora and consortia are also active in this area.
Recognising that without a strong coordination effort there is the danger of duplication of work as well as the development of incompatible and non-interoperable standards, the WTSA 2000 designated Study Group 15 as Lead Study Group on Optical Technology, with the mandate to:
Study Group 15 entrusted WP 5/15, under Question 19/15, with the task to manage and carry
out the Lead Study Group activities on Optical Technology. To maintain differentiation from
the standardized Optical Transport Network (OTN) based on Recommendation G.872, this Lead Study Group
Activity is titled Optical Transport Networks & Technologies
- study the appropriate core Questions (Question 9, 11, 12, 14, and 16/15),
- define and maintain overall (standards) framework, in collaboration with other SGs and standards bodies),
- coordinate, assign and prioritise the studies done by the Study Groups (recognising their mandates)
to ensure the development of consistent, complete and timely Recommendations,
As the mandate of this Lead Study Group role implies, the standards area covered relates to optical transport networks and technologies. The optical transport functions include:
The outcome of the Lead Study Group activities is twofold, consisting of a:
- multiplexing function
- cross connect function, including grooming and configuration
- management functions
- physical media functions.
written as a single document until such time as the distinct pieces warrant splitting it into two.
- standardization plan
- work plan,
Apart from taking the Lead Study Group role within the ITU-T, Study Group 15 will also endeavour to cooperate with other relevant organizations, such as ETSI, Committee T1, ISO/IEC etc.
||Automatically Switched Optical Network
||Automatically Switched Transport Network
||European Telecommunications Standards Institute
||International Electrotechnical Commission
||International Organization for Standardization
||Metropolitan Optical Network
||Optical Transport Network
||Optical Transport Networks & Technologies
||Synchronous Digital Hierarchy
||Synchronous Optical NETwork
||World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly