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  ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)
ITU is the UN specialized agency for telecommunications. ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) embodies ITU's oldest activity — developing internationally-agreed technical and operating standards (in ITU parlance, ITU-T Recommendations) and defining tariff and accounting principles for international telecommunication services. ITU-T is the only standards organization where government and industry work together to foster seamless interconnection of the world’s communication network and systems. Taking into account the needs of developing countries, ITU-T is a forum for the worldwide dissemination of information on new information and communication technologies.
  Towards a new broadband global infrastructure
In the field of information communications technology (ICT), ITU-T is leading the way through standards development efforts aimed at defining the building blocks of a new broadband global infrastructure. The next generation network (NGN) is a key area of study for ITU-T as operators around the world look to migrate to an IP-based infrastructure. The convergence between internet protocol (IP), public switched telephone network (PSTN), digital subscriber line (DSL), cable television (CATV), wireless local area network (WLAN) and mobile technologies is a task that many believe is impossible without the development of global standards.Internet governance, cybersecurity and bridging the digital divide are also topics that members have asked that ITU-T concentrate on in the coming years.
  Meeting the Demands of Industry
With a majority of its membership from the private sector, ITU-T understands the crucial balance between rapid delivery and stability in standards development. The Sector has already made great progress in speeding-up time-to-market of its Recommendations, and continues to work hard to ensure vital new standards are made available to the industry in the shortest possible time. Throughout the course of every year, hundreds of experts gather at ITU meetings, contributing their time, know-how and expertise to the study groups which develop ITU-T Recommendations. ITU-T currently produces around 210 Recommendations each year - representing one new or updated standard for every working day.


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