Telecommunication Standardization Sector
Optical network standard mapped to new Ethernet spec
ITU has agreed on updates to its widely deployed optical transport network (OTN) standards, including ITU-T G.709. The revisions provide mapping of a
recently launched next generation high-rate Ethernet standard from IEEE into the OTN.
Collaboration between ITU-T Study Group 15 and the IEEE P802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet Task Force ensured that these new Ethernet rates are
transportable over optical transport networks.
ITU-T Recommendation G.709 “Interfaces for the Optical Transport Network (OTN)” describes a means of communicating data over an optical network.
It is a standardized method for transparent transport of services over optical wavelengths in dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) systems.
Operators are facing challenges with the migration from traditional SDH/SONET to IP/ Ethernet based services. ITU-T G.709 OTN is a vehicle to enable convergence,
and for providing a common and SONET/SDH-like operational model for network administration, performance monitoring and fault isolation, without altering the individual services.
Using OTN, multiple networks and services such as legacy SONET/SDH, Ethernet, storage protocols and video can all be combined onto a common infrastructure.
Most importantly, unlike SONET/SDH, OTN is the only transport layer in the industry that can carry a full 10/40/100 Gb/s Ethernet signal from IP/Ethernet
switches and routers at full bandwidth. With the rapid migration towards IP/Ethernet-based infrastructure, OTN becomes the transport layer of choice for network operators.
The amendment to ITU-T G.709 is part of a set of revisions that provide for interworking with the new Ethernet standard. Equipment functions that perform
the mapping are part of revised ITU-T G.798, equipment management functions are part of revised ITU-T G.874, and the jitter characteristics of this (and other) mapping(s) are in revised ITU-T G.8251.
World's leading standardization organizations hold Academic Week
ITU together World Standards Cooperation (WSC) partners ISO and IEC will hold its first-ever Academic Week
5-9 July 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is intended to raise awareness of the importance of including
standardization in programmes of higher education because of its roles in facilitating access to world
markets, transferring technology and promoting good business practice and sustainable development.
Knowledge of standardization and the benefits it can bring to business, government and society as a whole is
increasingly being seen as part of the essential "baggage" of future managers in both public and private sectors.
An impressive list of speakers from academia, industry and national and international standards bodies will
provide insight on these matters and stimulate discussions, with a view to promote the dialogue and to foster
cooperation between academic institutions and the International Standards community.
The three partners recognize the fundamental contribution that educational institutions can make in teaching
the value of international standardization, appreciate how the work of academia on the cutting edge of research
and technology can benefit the development of standards and are keen to support these institutions in their
The annual workshop of the International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) – a network
of individuals and organizations interested in education about standardization – will also take place
during the week.
For further information, including full programme and registration form:
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Kaleidoscope 2010 - Beyond the Internet? Review process underway
The call for papers for this year’s ITU-T Kaleidoscope conference has closed with 115 papers submitted.
The review process of the papers is now underway with the 128 members of the Technical Programme Committee
due to inform authors of accepted papers by 30 July.
65 per cent of submitted papers relate to Track 1: Technology and architecture evolution. 42
per cent come from India, with the majority of other papers submitted from Colombia, USA,
Italy, Japan, Brazil and Germany. 78 per cent of the authors are from academic institutions with the
remainder from the private sector.
The 2010 ITU-T Kaleidoscope academic conference:
Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks
and services, is the third in a series of peer reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing
the dialogue between academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of
telecommunications and ICTs. Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the
event will take place at the Sinhgad Technical Education Society, Narhe Campus, Pune, India, 13 – 15
December 2010.Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers.
A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition
certificates will also be issued.
Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services will highlight multidisciplinary
aspects of future Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) including future services and
applications as well as social and economic impacts. The focus is on innovative technologies and on
examining the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet.
In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers,
ITU Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials,
and Jules Verne’s corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.
ITU Interop, 20-23 July 2010
ITU’s first interoperability event on IPTV will be held at ITU headquarters, Geneva, 20 to 23 July 2010.
Testing will take place 20 and 21 July, with vendors showcasing interoperability to potential customers
22 and 23 July. The event will demonstrate the state of maturity and industry adoption of ITU-T standards
for IPTV, for example: H.701 (error-recovery), H.721 (IPTV terminal), H.740 (audience measurement),
H.750 (metadata), H.761 (ginga-NCL), H.762 (lightweight interactive multimedia), H.770 (service discovery).
Many companies - manufacturers of set top boxes, content servers and other equipment - have expressed
interest in testing and showcasing their products, including from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Japan,
Singapore, South Korea and the United States. To secure a private showcasing slot, for further information
or to register as a participant, go to:
itu.int/interop or contact
The showcasing element of the event will allow broadcasters, telecoms companies, system integrators, test
laboratories, and others to view the interoperability of IPTV products. Visits are free to ITU members and
non-members. In addition private one-on-one showcasing demos with talks at our VIP Corner can be arranged.
TV is a major business opportunity for telcos, content providers and existing broadcasters. ITU-T’s IPTV
standards are being incorporated in product offerings from vendors and service providers around the world.
The standards cover a wide range of topics including interactive services, content location, terminal
specifications, metadata and QoS. Companies from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, France, and elsewhere have
implemented ITU-T's IPTV standards and sell in the open market as TV and set top box products. In
China and Japan, ITU-T IPTV is already deployed with several million subscribers. A test service is being
conducted in Singapore, and there is interest in having test beds in India and Canada.
ITU-T interoperability events on IPTV seek to address issues of conformance and interoperability. ITU’s IPTV
standards – developed under ITU’s IPTV Global Standards Initiative (IPTV-GSI) - take into account various
aspects of technologies, including IPR, maturity, stability and market adoption. Since ITU-T IPTV is based
on mature technologies, decided by consensus, interoperability is easy among different vendors. ITU-T standards
include many new features modeled on web technologies, and thus provide the rich interactivity and
usability which has become a characteristic of today's ICT service.
Future IPTV Interop Events are planned for Singapore in September and India in December. Future Interop events
may include: Home Networking; VDSL2 and GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network).
Telco Dispute Resolution Guidelines Published
Guidelines regarding principles that telecommunications operators may wish to consider to manage financial
disputes have been approved by ITU members. A report produced by ITU and the World Bank in 2004 stated:
“Disputes can be enormously destructive to the sector and effective dispute resolution is increasingly
central to successful deployment of modern information infrastructure. This is particularly so where it
is necessary to encourage investment and competition to reach the underserved billions of people on
the wrong side of the digital divide.”
The documents are supplements to the current
ITU-T Recommendation D.170 on General Tariff Principles.
The first supplement is intended to assist telecommunication carriers in the development of efficient
processes that might be used to resolve disputes in international settlements. Before a dispute can be
raised, parties should have agreed to a reconciliation or dispute criteria and such criteria should
preferably be specified in the signed agreement or contract. The supplement is focused on revenue
and costs assurance and it mitigates any revenue and/or cost-related issues. It describes the details
of the criteria which may be taken into consideration before raising and verification of any dispute,
possible sources of dispute, and determination of validity of dispute or discrepancy.
The second supplement presents guidelines for process and proposition of dispute forms for international
settlements. It may help to simplify and assist telecommunication carriers in proper and fast resolution
of any kind of financial dispute. The exact nature of the dispute resolution should be agreed in the
bilateral arrangements between the carriers concerned.
Job vacancy: Study Group Advisor
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is inviting applications for the post of Study Group Advisor,
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Standards from the ITU are at the heart of modern information and communications technologies (ICTs).
For more information see: http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/info. The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
provides essential logistical support to ITU-T’s 10 Study Groups including electronic working facilities
and meeting management. It also manages promotion, workshops, membership, documents, finance, the website etc.
It is the body responsible for providing cohesion to ITU-T’s standards making process.
The successful candidate should have an excellent knowledge of the ICT industry and in particular the ICT
standardization landscape. Familiarity with ITU-T rules and procedures, its meeting activities and its
products would be an advantage, as would previous involvement in the development of standards.
The closing date for applications is 27 July 2010.A detailed vacancy notice and application form can be
downloaded at http://www.itu.int/employment/. Applications using the form must be sent to
or by post to ITU Human Resources Policies Division, Place des Nations, CH-1211, Geneva 20, Switzerland.
Applications must reach ITU by the closing date.
ITU Workshop: “Accessibility to ICTs” – World Expo 2010
ITU will be co-organizing a one day workshop on Accessibility to ICTs at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
The event will be held on 23 July 2010 as part of i-CREATe 2010.
i-CREATe 2010’s 4th International Convention for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology is
dedicated to the promotion of assistive technologies that can improve the lives of the elderly and people
with disabilities and to provide a platform to address current and future development in these areas.
In the field of accessibility to ICTs, ITU focuses on a series of strategic issues ranging from the rights
of the disabled, making technical design standards accessible and providing education and training on accessible
ICT. With more than 650 million people in the world living with disabilities today the most important
goal of ITU standards work on accessibility is to make sure that newly developed standards contain the
necessary elements to make services and features usable for people with as broad a range of capabilities
The three main objectives of this workshop will be to discuss current trends and the future for accessibility
to ICTs in ITU, encourage organizations to implement accessibility in their daily work, and highlight the
impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP) on future standardization
work. With registration open to all, we eagerly invite you to get involved. You may go online for more
information and find it here.
- SG3RG-LAC (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 6-9 July 2010)
- Study Group 16 (Geneva, Switzerland, 19-30 July 2010)
- Study Group 9 (Geneva, Switzerland, 19-23 July 2010)
- IPTV-GSI (Geneva, Switzerland, 19-23 July 2010)
- SG12RG-AFR (Nairobi, Kenya, 28 July 2010)
- SG5RG-AFR (Nairobi, Kenya, 29 July 2010)
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS