>> Study Group 13 : Next Generation Networks
Question 11/13 - General network terminology
(Continuation of Question 15/13)
As the IP networks and IP-based applications gain importance in the industry, there is
an explosion of new terminology. The industry standards, particularly the ones produced by
the IETF, are steadily introducing new terms. As ITU-T is increasing its involvement in the
IP-related work as well as continuing study of future requirements of networks and services-
including the Next Generation Network, it is reasonable to expect that ITU-T is to define its
own terminology and elaborate on definition of current terminology. In order to establish common
language for the industry, in which the ITU plays a key role, it is essential to ensure the extent
possible that each concept, architectural element, protocol action, pieces of equipment, etc.,
is assigned a unique term. For the cases where several such terms have already been defined, it
is important to indicate all synonyms pertinent to a particular notion.
What is the definition and meaning of the terms used in the Internet and other NGN-related standards?
Items for Study encompass:
- Definitions of concepts, architectural elements, protocol actions, pieces of equipment, etc. that have been identified in the IETF standards-track Requests for Comments (RFCs), ITU-T Recommendations, ISO standards, and normative output of other organizations recognized by ITU-T.
- Terms identifying such concepts, architectural elements, protocol actions, pieces of equipment, etc. It is essential to establish consensus on as few terms as possible (preferably, only one term) for a unique notion.
- Updating of terminology Recommendations (e.g., Y.101)
The resulting terms should be published in new and revised ITU-T Recommendations, which should be
re-issued on the on-going basis as the terminology grows.
Close cooperation with other ITU-T Study Groups and relevant normative organizations must take place.
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