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 Friday, 23 November 2007

A new report from ITU-T shows how Information and communications technologies (ICTs) contribute to global warming, but also how they can be used to monitor climate change, to mitigate its effects, to improve energy efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions in other sectors of the economy. The report -- ICTs and Climate Change -- is the third in the new series of Technology Watch Briefing Reports, launched by ITU-T in October 2007. It has been submitted to TSAG for further discussion at its upcoming meeting, 3-7 December. It is planned that an ITU symposium on this topic will be held in 2008.

Since 1970, the production of greenhouse gases has risen by more than 70 per cent, and this is having a global effect in warming the planet, causing changing weather patterns, rising sea-levels, desertification, shrinking ice cover and other worrying long-term effects. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) foresees a further rise in average global temperatures of between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees centigrade by 2030. Climate change is a concern for all of humanity and requires efforts on the part of all sectors of society, including the ICT sector. Although ICTs contribute only an estimated 2.5 per cent of total greenhouse gases, this share is set to grow as usage of ICTs expands globally, growing at a faster rate than the general economy.

ICTs are thus part of the cause of global warming, but they can also be part of the solution, for instance through the promotion of carbon displacement technologies. ICTs are also vital in monitoring the spread of global warming. One specific contribution ICTs can make is through the substitution of travel by electronic forms of communication, such as telephone calls, email or video-conferencing, all of which benefit from ITU-T¡¯s standardization work. In particular, high-performance video-conferencing, or telepresence (the topic of the second Technology Watch Briefing Report), can give the impression of 'being there, without going there'. Furthermore, ITU-T itself is also contributing to a greener future through its decision to make ITU-T Recommendations freely available online. In the mid 1990s, more than one million publications were printed by ITU but, with free Recommendations now available in electronic form, this has been cut to just a few thousand that are still printed, and carbon emissions from transport of printed copies and CD-ROMs has been greatly reduced.

Friday, 23 November 2007 14:16:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 27 November 2006

ITU-T Study Group 16 Work on E-health
E-health and Standardization

The evolution of advanced digital telecommunication techniques has enabled the development of multimedia systems to support e-health  applications, in particular in the area of telemedicine.

In order to allow for a wide deployment of e-health applications (with an initial focus on telemedicine applications), in particular in developing countries, it is important to achieve interoperability among systems and to reduce the cost of devices through economies of scale. Consequently, the development of global international standards with the involvement of the major players (such as governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, medical institutions and medical doctors) is a key factor to achieve these objectives.

In the Standardization Sector of the ITU (ITU-T), this is handled by Question 28/16 (Multimedia framework for e-health applications), which focuses on standardization of Multimedia Systems to support e-health applications. Question 28 is allocated under ITU-T Study Group 16, which is the Lead Study Group on ubiquitous applications (“e-everything”, such as e-health and e-business). This high-level Question will coordinate the technical standardization of multimedia systems and capabilities for e-health applications in ITU-T and will develop corresponding Recommendations.

Monday, 27 November 2006 09:47:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 05 June 2006

As part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of ITU-T, you are invited to vote for the most influential standards work from ITU-T.

ITU work is behind many of the worlds most prevalent information and communications technologies. Choose here from our shortlist which you think has best shaped the ICT world of today, or feel free to suggest your own idea.



Monday, 05 June 2006 08:05:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 25 May 2006

Users of telecommunications and information technology have a varied capability of handling information and the controls for its presentation. The source of this variation lies in cultural and educational backgrounds as well as on age-related functional limitations, in disabilities, and in other natural causes. ITU-T SG 16 effort in accessibility standardization promotes the concept of Total Conversation and aims at ensuring that newly developed standards contain the necessary elements to make services and features usable for people with a range of capabilities as broad as possible.

More on Accessibility and Standardization

Thursday, 25 May 2006 15:22:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 11 May 2005

PP-02 Decisions on review of the International Telecommunication Regulations and subsequent actions

The ITU Marrakesh Plenipotentiary Conference, after considering a number of input documents from Member States, adopted Resolution 121 [E|F|S], which resolved that the Union should continue a process of reviewing the International Telecommunication Regulations [E|F|S]. To this end, a Working Group of Council, open to all Member States, whose delegations may include appropriate legal, regulatory and technical experts has been established.

The third and final meeting will take place in Geneva on 11 (afternoon) - 13 May 2005 to finalize the work. You may find further details on the invitation letter. [DM-1171 ]


Wednesday, 11 May 2005 11:14:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Workshops and Seminars

Workshop on Video and Image Coding and Applications (VICA)

Where: Geneva
When: 22 - 23 July 2005




In between the meetings of two lead technical groups working on image and video compression, ISO/IEC's JPEG and ITU-T's Study Group 16, ITU will host a workshop on Video and Image Coding and Applications (VICA) at the ITU headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, 22 to 23 July 2005. Key experts will join users to review the development, assessment and application of video and image coding and to discuss and start work on an action plan and a roadmap for VICA standardization.

Presentations will instigate discussion on how standards work in the field, including how next generation networks (NGN) can support the development of so-called ubiquitous services - any device, anytime, anywhere. Current work on home network environments will also be taken into account.

Also at the event there will be an interoperability demonstration showing various products using related standards.

All interested parties are free to attend.


Tuesday, 10 May 2005 16:55:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 09 May 2005
Through its work on standardization, ITU develops technical standards (known as Recommendations) that facilitate the use of public telecommunication services and systems for communications during emergency, disaster relief and mitigation operations.  In such circumstances, technical features need to be in place to ensure that users who must communicate at a time of disaster have the communication channels they need, with appropriate security and with the best possible quality of service.
  • ITU-T SG 16 work on Telecommunications for Disaster Relief (TDR)
    Since 2003 ITU-T Study Group 16 Question 27(I)/16 studies the standardization needs for the use of public telecommunication services for emergency and disaster relief operations.
  • Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Mitigation - Partnership Co-ordination Panel (PCP-TDR)
    The PCP-TDR was created in 2003 as a forum where ?standardizers? and ?users? of TDR facilities get together to ensure that emergency and disaster relief telecommunications standards meet users? needs. Participation is open to international telecommunication service providers, related government departments, standards development organizations, intergovernmental organizations, disaster relief organizations, and other entities working in the field.
  • ITU-T Action Plan ? Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Early Warning
    In March 2005, TSAG agreed to a first version of an ITU-T Action Plan for Standardization on Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Early Warning (TDR/EW), motivated by the identification of the need for new telecommunication standards following the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, and proposals made to the TSAG meeting. This first version was sent to all ITU-T study groups for their action and comment. All Study Groups are encouraged to increase their activities in the definition of Recommendations and other materials (e.g. handbooks) on TDR/EW and to provide feedback to TSAG and ITU-T Study Group 2 (which is to coordinate the effort) on actions taken and on proposals for improvement to the Action Plan.
Monday, 09 May 2005 17:50:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 03 May 2005

The intention of the NGN 2004 Project is to coordinate all ITU-T activities related to the establishment of implementation guidelines and standards for the realisation of a Next Generation Network. The major task of the Project is to ensure that all elements required for interoperability and network capabilities to support applications globally across the NGN are addressed by ITU-T standardization activities.


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 13:25:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Network aspects of IMT-2000 that are addressed by the ITU-T, which include definition of network signaling interfaces, services, numbering and identities, quality of service and network performance, security, and operations and management for IMT-2000.


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 10:35:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Advisory standards cooperation panel (Advisory Panel for Standards Cooperation on Telecommunications related to Motor Vehicles - APSC TELEMOV) was created as a result of the Workshop on Standardization in Telecommunication for Motor Vehicles and intended as a cooperation group on all aspects of standardization related to telecommunications within and for motor vehicles. This is meant as an open forum to bring together the leading international standardization organizations as well as industry consortia, as partners engaged in advancing ITS and vehicular telematics standards.


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 09:00:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The ITU-T/IEC Common FTP Area was set up within the SG 6 Website as a platform for the exchange of relevant standards documentation between Experts of SG 6, IEC SB4 and TC 46/86 and SC86A/B/C.

ITU-T Study Group 6 is responsible for studies relating to outside plant of all types of cables for public telecommunications and associated structures. SG 6 considers very important that experts have a commonly accessible platform for sharing relevant standards documentation at an early stage.

This approach involves people both in IEC and ITU-T, working in the day-to-day development of standards related to cables (copper and optical), their associated hardware and the relevant installation techniques.

With this in mind the ITU-T Secretariat set up an ITU-T/IEC publicly accessible area, hereafter called the 'Common Area', within the SG 6 Website, as a platform for the exchange of relevant standards documentation. Experts of SG 6, IEC SB4 and TC 46/86 and SC86A/B/C, that are involved in developing standards for products to be installed in the telecommunication Outside Plant, can subscribe for access.


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 08:57:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The objective of the Mediacom Project is to establish a framework for Multimedia standardization for use both inside and external to the ITU. This framework will support the harmonized and coordinated development of global multimedia communication standards across all ITU-T and ITU-R Study Groups, and in close cooperation with other regional and international standards development organizations (SDOs).


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 08:36:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

This project addresses an additional market by branding the set of ITU-T languages and using several languages together to address domains where a single language may not suffice.


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 08:32:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Joint Project between ITU-T Q.6/SG16 and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG11 for the Development of new Video Coding Recommendation and International Standard.


Tuesday, 03 May 2005 08:29:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 02 May 2005

Standardization in the field of Electronic Business including E-Commerce.

  • Project M.3 of Global Information Infrastructures (M.3 GII)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
  • Awareness
  • Business Object Summit (BOS)


Monday, 02 May 2005 16:58:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Project on time-critical interactive services over cable television network using IP-protocol, in particular Voice and Video over IP.

[IPCablecom] Project on time-critical interactive services over cable television network using IP-protocol, in particular Voice and Video over IP 

[Status] of International Cable modem and IPCablecom standards

Monday, 02 May 2005 16:52:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The issue of national Internet policies has gained increasing prominence in recent years as the importance of IP-based networks and IP-based services and applications (commonly referred to as "Internet') become increasingly apparent.


Monday, 02 May 2005 16:38:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The ASN.1 Project was established to assist existing users of ASN.1 within and outside of ITU-T, and to promote the use of ASN.1 across a wide range of industries and standards bodies. It also maintains an up-to-date database of ASN.1 usage within all Study Groups (extending to other bodies over time), with the names of contacts on ASN.1 matters.


Monday, 02 May 2005 16:33:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Study Group 3 started examining the international Internet connectivity issue from the year 1998. This site provides a brief progress report on the activities of Study Group 3 related to International Internet connectivity.


Monday, 02 May 2005 16:08:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The WTSA 2000 adopted Resolution 29 on alternative calling procedures on international telecommunication networks. A draft guideline has been prepared under which ITU is to collect information once a year on the positions adopted by each country in respect of call-back practices within its territory and disseminate the findings by the most effective method. The results were disseminated by a TSB Circular and posted on this site.


Monday, 02 May 2005 15:56:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The accounting revenue division procedure worked well when the international services were jointly provided by monopoly partners and the collection charges were equal to the accounting rate. However, with the drastic change in the world monetary system and the introduction of competition in the telecommunication market, a revision of accounting revenue division procedure become urgent and Study Group 3 devoted its efforts to examine the procedure which replace the accounting revenue division procedure.


Monday, 02 May 2005 15:55:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |