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 Friday, June 14, 2013

An upcoming Joint ATU-ITU Seminar on the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) and the World Conference on International Telecommunications ( WCIT-12) will offer Africa’s ICT executives and policy makers an insight into the meaning and significance of these conference’s outcomes with a view to ensuring their effective implementation. The event will be preceded by two workshops geared towards key directives issued by WTSA-12 and WCIT-12, that of countering spam and ensuring the eco-friendly management of e-waste. The two full-day workshops are free of charge and open to all interested parties, including non-members of ITU.

The three events will be hosted by South Africa’s Department of Communications at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa:

The 2012 meeting of ITU-T’s main decision-making body, WTSA, adopted the first-ever Resolutions on e-health, software-defined networking and e-waste. ITU-T also saw its mandate re-emphasized and strengthened in crucial areas such as accessibility, climate change, and conformity and interoperability, along with encouragement for the greater participation of academia.

WCIT-12’s revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) was especially relevant to ITU-T, with the new treaty requiring Member States to encourage the application of relevant ITU-T Recommendations in areas including Quality of Service (QoS), numbering, international calling line identification, international roaming, emergency communications, countering spam, energy-efficiency, e-waste and accessibility. WCIT-12 also called on ITU-T to study the regulatory, technical and economic issues which need to be addressed in the transition from dedicated phone and data networks to converged IP-based networks.

The workshop on “Countering and Combating Spam” responds to Article 7 of the new ITRs on “unsolicited bulk electronic communications” which encourages Member States to cooperate in taking necessary measures to prevent the propagation of spam and minimize its impact on international telecommunication services.

The workshop on the “Environmentally Sound Management of e-Waste” responds to Article 8 of the new ITRs which encourages Member States to adopt energy-efficiency and e-waste best practices, taking into account relevant ITU-T Recommendations. WTSA-12 offered another boost to ITU’s mandate in this arena by agreeing a new Resolution on e-waste; giving further impetus to ITU’s standardization work on the subject and requesting ITU’s standardization and development sectors, ITU-T and ITU-D, to assist Member States in instituting policy frameworks that limit e-waste’s negative environmental effects. It also instructs ITU-T Study Group 5 to develop Recommendations, methodologies and other publications relating to handling and controlling e-waste as well as methods of treating it.

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Friday, June 14, 2013 9:16:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 21, 2012
The 50 Resolutions and one Opinion approved by the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA12) are now online together with the modified ITU-T A-Series Recommendations that guide the work of ITU-T.
WTSA-12 which took place from 20 to 29 November 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, defined the next study period for ITU-T.

Please note that the Editorial Committee will meet 9-10 January 2013 in Geneva for its final meeting, so there may still be editorial changes to the texts. WTSA-12 also appointed the leadership of the ten ITU-T study groups, the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), regional groups and the Standardization Committee for Vocabulary and the Review Committee (see http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/wtsa12/Pages/wtsa12-results-chairmen.aspx).

The Plenary reports are available here.

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Friday, December 21, 2012 4:07:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, December 01, 2012

Adopting six new Resolutions, ITU’s membership has called on ITU-T to expand its work on e-health, software-defined networking (SDN) and e-waste. In addition, members have called for the establishment of a Review Committee to ensure that ITU-T’s structure continues to meet the needs of the continually evolving and convergent ICT landscape, particularly as collaboration with vertical markets increases. This will help to enable such innovations as e-health, intelligent transport systems, smart grid, mobile money and e-learning.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA 12

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Saturday, December 01, 2012 3:12:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 29, 2012

WTSA-12 has adopted a Resolution inviting ITU Member States to refrain from taking any unilateral and/or discriminatory actions that could impede another Member State from accessing public Internet sites and using resources, within the spirit of Article 1 of the Constitution and the WSIS principles.

Noting the global and open nature of the Internet as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms and that discrimination regarding access to the Internet could greatly affect developing countries; Resolution 69, “Non-discriminatory access and use of Internet resources,” invites affected ITU Member States to report to ITU on any unilateral and/or discriminatory actions that could impede another Member State from accessing public Internet sites and using resources, within the spirit of Article 1 of the Constitution and the WSIS principles.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:24:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Plenary at WTSA-12 today appointed the leadership of all ten ITU-T study groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG).

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:22:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

These representatives of Korea Communications Commission used the buzz of WTSA-12 to introduce delegates to Busan, host city of ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014.

Busan is located on the south-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. The country’s second largest city is known for its seafood, beautiful beaches, hot springs and scenic mountains.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:16:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A weekend full of concentrated work in ad-hoc and drafting groups has resulted in the adoption of new Resolutions, the latest targeting Software-defined Networking (see earlier article on an e-waste Resolution).

Pending WTSA-12 Plenary approval, the new Resolution on Software-defined Networking (SDN) instructs ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future Networks including mobile and NGN) to expand and accelerate its work in the SDN domain.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:15:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Committee 4 has agreed a new Resolution on e-waste, charging ITU to strengthen its activities in this arena and to assist ITU Member States in instituting policy frameworks that limit e-waste’s negative environmental effects.

The Resolution arrives against a backdrop of a rapidly progressing ICT industry, increasing consumption of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and a marked increase in e-waste, which, as a result of global mismanagement, has led to negative environmental and health effects, particularly in developing countries.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:04:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 26, 2012

ITU-T Study Group 15 Chairman, Yoichi Maeda, today presented a compromise proposal developed by several delegations which cleared the way for approval of Recommendation ITU-T G.9980. The standard defines requirements for service providers’ remote management of networked devices in customers’ homes.

The compromise was achieved after including a statement in the scope of the Recommendation which reminds implementers and users to comply with all applicable national and regional laws, regulations and policies.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Monday, November 26, 2012 11:34:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 23, 2012

e-health, the use of ICTs in healthcare, has been a strong feature of this Assembly. The extensive discussion in GSS and a dedicated side event complement the Committee 4 agreement on a new Resolution on e-health.

Pending final WTSA-12 Plenary approval, Information and communication technology applications and standards for improved access to e-health services instructs the Director of TSB, Malcolm Johnson, to collaborate with Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, to prioritize and coordinate work on e-health in the years to come.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Friday, November 23, 2012 8:59:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Recent events have clearly demonstrated the need for telecommunications networks to be resilient to natural and human-induced disasters, as they are critical to rescue efforts and restoring normality in the wake of disasters.

The third and last side event – 23 November, 18h00, Room E – will review aspects of network resilience and telecoms infrastructure recovery following disasters and how these requirements can be reflected in ICT standardization. In addition, the panel will showcase ICTs supporting disaster relief for individuals (e.g., to enable victims to notify next of kin) and disaster relief guidance (e.g., to guide those affected to evacuation shelters or hospitals).

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Friday, November 23, 2012 8:44:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 22, 2012

A cash prize of USD 5,000 is offered to the winner of a new ITU Application Challenge seeking to uncover apps extending the reach of mobile health, mobile money, e-learning, e-government and intelligent transport systems.

The ICT Innovation Application Challenge was launched tonight at the ICT Innovations side event. The challenge aims to promote sustainable, equitable economic growth in emerging economies by unearthing apps targeting the social and economic inclusion of traditionally underserved communities.

More at http://www.itu.int/go/challenges/ictinnovation.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Thursday, November 22, 2012 4:09:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The second of the three WTSA side events will take place at 18h00 on Thursday 22 November in Room E, here at the Dubai World Trade Center.
 
Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, will open the event and four invited speakers will share their experience on ICT Innovations in emerging economies.
 
Ajay Ranjan Mishra is the Chairman of ITU-T Focus Group bridging the gap: from innovation to standards and will moderate the side event. He will also give a talk about the objectives of the Focus Group, and  on the progress made so far.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Thursday, November 22, 2012 11:59:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
WTSA-12's opening session under the Chairmanship of Mohammed Gheyath (Executive Director, Policies & Programs/Information & E-Government Sector, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, UAE) saw the approval of committees' structure and leadership.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:28:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

At an event dedicated to academia at WTSA-12, academic members of ITU-T have expressed their belief that ITU-T membership represents a valuable opportunity for academics to bring their research to life through standardization, exchange ideas with other experts,  and raise the profiles of their institutions.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:25:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Behind the scenes, The Assembly met with Heidi Thomas. Heidi works for Caption First, a captioning service provider.

A realtime text stream from WTSA-12 is available at http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-WTSA.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3:08:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Despite the remarkable potential of e-health as an agent for improvement in quality, safety, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare, adoption has been slow. While more and more countries adopt e-health solutions, lack of interoperability is a barrier to adoption and scalability.

The first of three WTSA side events will take place at 18h00 this evening in Room B, here at the Dubai World Trade Center.

Four invited speakers will share their experience in the e-health domain and address challenges faced in the adoption of ICT-enabled healthcare services and applications.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:55:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Participants at WTSA-12 have approved key standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on a technology for multiprotocol label switching – transport profile (MPLS-TP) required by telecoms operators to increase network efficiency while also reducing capex and opex costs.
 
Recommendation ITU-T G.8113.1, “Operations, Administration and Maintenance mechanism for MPLS-TP in Packet Transport Network (PTN),” is an extension to the IETF’s MPLS protocol developed in cooperation with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). MPLS can carry packets of different types, allowing telecom operators to offer private connections as well as IP services. Many network operators expect MPLS-TP to work under the same principles as longstanding ITU transport network technologies like SDH and OTN. MPLS-TP provides network operators with a reliable packet-based technology, the operation of which aligns with current organizational processes and large-scale work procedures. Its deployment may reduce the need for layer 3 routing in an operator’s network.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:53:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Participants at WTSA-12 have approved key standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on a technology for multiprotocol label switching – transport profile (MPLS-TP) required by telecoms operators to increase network efficiency while also reducing capex and opex costs.
 
Recommendation ITU-T G.8113.1, “Operations, Administration and Maintenance mechanism for MPLS-TP in Packet Transport Network (PTN),” is an extension to the IETF’s MPLS protocol developed in cooperation with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). MPLS can carry packets of different types, allowing telecom operators to offer private connections as well as IP services. Many network operators expect MPLS-TP to work under the same principles as longstanding ITU transport network technologies like SDH and OTN. MPLS-TP provides network operators with a reliable packet-based technology, the operation of which aligns with current organizational processes and large-scale work procedures. Its deployment may reduce the need for layer 3 routing in an operator’s network.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:53:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Speaking to delegates at WTSA-12, Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, has presented a summary of ITU-T’s major achievements over 2009-2012, taking stock of work over ITU-T’s last study period as WTSA-12 participants prepare to agree priorities for the next.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
on wtsa12.wordpress.com

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:51:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The 2012 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly was officially inaugurated yesterday morning.
 
Representing the host of the Assembly, H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), United Arab Emirates, welcomed participants to Dubai for the first-ever WTSA in the Middle East. The decision to host the Assembly, WCIT and, earlier this year, ITU Telecom World, reflects the strong belief of the UAE Government in the importance of information and communication technologies.
 
In his opening remarks ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré praised the host country as a success story in harnessing ICT as driving force of economic growth, social development and modernization. Standardization and interoperability are at the core of WTSA and ITU and permit hundreds of million citizens around the world to connect. Dr Touré expressed confidence that the decisions and resolutions formulated at this WTSA will be directed by the needs of the global community and steered by ITU’s mission to Connect the World.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:50:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
WTSA-12 is showcasing live video streams deploying ITU-standardized IPTV technologies and running over ITU’s IPTV Global IPv6 Testbed. The transcontinental test is demonstrating the maturity of both IPv6 technology and ITU-T’s suite of IPTV standards; particularly Recommendations ITU-T H.721’s IPTV set-top boxes, ITU-T H.761‘s Ginga/NCL and ITU-T H.762‘s Lightweight Interactive Multimedia Environment (LIME) for IPTV services. Applications being showcased include ‘e-health’ using Continua Health Alliance compliant devices to demonstrate how new services can be integrated to provide users with better services and service providers with new revenue streams.
 
The test runs 20-21 November at WTSA-12 in Dubai, receiving live video from ITU’s headquarters in Geneva and from Hokkaido Television Broadcasting (HTB) in Hokkaido, Japan.
 
Other ITU-T IPTV standards also formed part of the infrastructure: H.770 IPTV Service discovery, H.721 IPTV terminal for VoD and Linear TV, H.701 IPTV Error correction, H.750 IPTV Metadata, and the Primetime Emmy Award winning H.264 Video compression codec. The experiments also used Openflow, PCE/VNTM and sa46t.
 
For more on ITU’s IPTV standardization work, please see ITU’s IPTV Global Standards Initiative here.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:47:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Video in all six official languages of the Union and realtime captioning in English are available at http://www.itu.int/ibs/ITU-T/wtsa12/.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
on wtsa12.wordpress.com

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:44:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Yesterday’s Global Standards Symposium (GSS) resulted in the adoption of a set of key conclusions (available here) providing guidance and food for thought for ITU-T’s decision-making World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, set to start today.
 
Three expert panels focused on innovation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and its impact on standardization; the opportunities and enabling effects of ICT in other economic sectors, such as transportation and healthcare – and the challenges that come with it; and the status of collaboration between national, regional and international standards organizations, forums and consortiums.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:41:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Some 20 high-level industry executives exchanged their views with the senior management of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau in advance of WTSA.
 
Topics under discussion included: the landscape of standards development organizations, software-defined networks (SDN), machine-to-machine communications (M2M), smartphone security, conformity and interoperability. A communiqué will be released shortly.
 
More pictures of the event are available on the ITU-T Flickr stream.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:37:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WTSA-12 assembles government and industry leaders

Dubai, 20 November 2012 — Meeting at yesterday’s Global Standards Symposium (GSS-12, 19 November) government ministers, private-sector executives and the standardization community urged ITU to create standardization mechanisms to serve the needs of ‘vertical markets’ that are becoming increasingly dependent on information and communication technologies (ICTs). In addition, participants encouraged ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) to provide leadership in driving standards education and ICT innovation in developing countries.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:23:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, November 18, 2012

ITU is piloting mobile optimised web pages for the upcoming World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) and World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai, UAE.

The apps will feature meeting agendas, the composition of committees and their contributions, and mechanisms to establish email contact with other event participants. Also crucially allowing for the retrieval of the latest meeting documents in real time, the apps are designed to engage delegates in a way that enables more informed participation and consequently more productive events.

The apps are available here:

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 11:46:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 09, 2012

In the run-up to WTSA-12, The Assembly discusses the importance of WTSA with Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH3HFlDCh0M&feature=share&list=PL61A87AA21E1C14E4

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Friday, November 09, 2012 11:45:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

WTSA-12 will host three side events to feature e-health standards,innovation and network resilience. In addition a “showcasing event” will exhibit state-of-the-art products meeting ITU-T standards.

“e-Health”, 21 November, will build on ITU-T’s new collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in advancing the rollout of international e-health and telemedicine standards to overcome current interoperability concerns.

“ICT Innovations”, 22 November, will draw on the findings of ITU-T’s Focus Group on “Bridging the Gap: from Innovation to Standards” (FG Innovation), discussing the reciprocal relationship between innovation and standardization, and means for international standards to capture the best of innovations rooted in developing countries.

“Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery”, 23 November, will offer expert opinion on measures to bolster the resilience of critical communications infrastructures in the face of natural disasters. The event will contribute its findings to ITU-T’s Focus Group on “Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery” (FG-DR&NRR), a group established primarily to distill lessons learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

More information on these events and an online registration form here

In addition the opening day of WTSA-12 will feature an interactive workshop introducing activities undertaken by the ITU-T, its membership and secretariat to engage with universities and research institutes. A registration form for this event can be found here

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Friday, November 09, 2012 10:29:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Assembly will report live on the events and outcomes of WTSA-12 in Dubai, UAE, 20-29 November. Updated daily with highlights from Dubai, the Assembly will keep WTSA-12’s participants and those not able to attend in tune with the progress of the conference.

The blog is up and running, introducing WTSA-12 in an interview with Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). Also featured are key facts and figures, the Global StandardsSymposium (GSS-12), and four side events to discuss academia’s participation in ITU-T; e-Health; ICT Innovations, and Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery.

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Friday, November 09, 2012 10:25:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012
The opening day of WTSA-12 will feature an interactive workshop introducing activities undertaken by the ITU-T, its membership and secretariat to engage with universities and research institutes.
 
The academic event will highlight the importance of standards and participation of academics in ICT standardization. Related initiatives including academia membership, ITU’s academic conference Kaleidoscope and  standards education campaigns will be presented and discussed. Some ITU academic members will showcase how they engage in the ITU standards making process.
 
ITU members and non-members, in particular representatives of universities and R&D labs are invited to participate in the event.
 
The event will take place from 12:00 to 14:00 on 20 November 2012. A registration form is available here.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12

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Thursday, November 08, 2012 9:47:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Global Standards Symposium (GSS) will take place one day prior to WTSA-12, on 19 November 2012 – in the same venue. The GSS is a one-day event where ministers, regulators, heads of other international, regional and major national standards bodies, and industry from the different regions of the world will discuss global ICT standards challenges.
 
GSS 2012, the second of its kind, will  focus on the intersection of the ICT sector with other sectors such as healthcare, utilities, and transport. A detailed draft programme is now posted on the GSS website.
 
The GSS Chairman, H.E. Mr Nasser Bin Abood Al Falasi (Chief Government Relations & Communications Officer, Etisalat Group) will present the symposium’s conclusions to the first Plenary meeting of the WTSA.
 
The event is open to the interested public – register here.

"This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12"

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Thursday, November 08, 2012 9:36:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Briefing sessions for ITU members on proposals submitted to WCIT-12 and WTSA-12 will be held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, on 8 and 9 October 2012. The sessions will be chaired by Mohamed Al-Ghanim, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates. The WCIT-12 session will take place the full day on Tuesday 8 October and the morning of 9 October and the WTSA-12 session will follow that afternoon.

These meetings will provide participants with the opportunity to explain their proposals, exchange views and have a better understanding of each other’s proposals and positions. The Secretariat will provide two documents, one for WCIT and one for WTSA, showing the consolidated proposals submitted by 1 October 2012.

For further information please refer to Circular 1025

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:07:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 19, 2012

The January meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) has established a new Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: From Innovation to Standards (ItS). Standardization converts innovations into internationally-accessible tools to aid the growth of new markets and bridge the digital divide. The Focus Group will seek to reduce the lag between innovation and standardization; an action to ensure key innovations spread as fast as possible in the global ICT market.

Of particular importance to the group will be the identification of ICT innovation in the developing world, and the task of ensuring such innovation achieves international recognition through its inclusion in the standards produced by ITU-T.

The group will carry out the following specific actions:

  • In cooperation with ITU-D, document case studies of successful examples of ICT innovations, including those that have emerged in developing countries, and identify relevant standardization gaps.  Particular focus should be on the socio-economic impact of ICT innovation emerging in developing countries;
  • Analyze the innovations that may be standardized and identify best practices facilitating the implementation of such innovations in other parts of the world;
  • Identify case studies which developing countries can adopt to enhance their ICT innovation and standardization capabilities and associated socio-economic welfare;
  • Identify the difficulties faced by developing countries in bringing their ICT innovation to ITU-T.
  • Suggest future ITU-T study items and related actions;
  • Examine how other Standards Development Organizations, forums and consortia address ICT innovation and its integration into standardization activities;
  • Promote its activity at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) meeting in November 2012.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:08:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, December 17, 2011

Key standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on a technology (MPLS-TP) required by telecoms operators to increase network efficiency while also reducing capex and opex costs have been approved (or attained first level approval) at a recent ITU meeting.

MPLS-TP refers to extensions to the IETF's MPLS protocol developed in cooperation with the IETF. MPLS can carry packets of different types, allowing telecom operators to offer private connections as well as IP services. Many network operators expect MPLS-TP to work under the same principles as longstanding ITU transport network technologies like SDH and OTN. MPLS-TP provides network operators with a reliable packet-based technology the operation of which aligns with current organizational processes and large-scale work procedures. Its deployment may reduce the need for layer 3 routing in an operator’s network.

Another important draft standard in the field has been forwarded to ITU’s quadrennial World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai next year. This provides an Ethernet based protocol for operations, administration and management (OAM) for Transport MPLS (MPLS-TP). The delay in approval follows the breakdown of a deal brokered by the Japanese administration in November. The compromise proposed was intended to address concerns expressed by IETF, following a series of previous setbacks, detailed here and here. Unfortunately the IETF were unable to deliver one key element of the proposal, the ACh codepoint which contributed to four national delegations vetoing the standard.

Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: “I would like to thank Japan for its great effort as a neutral party to find a compromise that took into account IETF’s concerns. It is clear that the majority of the world’s ICT industry and governments supports this standard. It is a practical solution demanded by operators around the globe. I am hopeful that IETF will be able to assign the ACh codepoint before WTSA-12 which should allow the standard to be approved by consensus. ITU has a tradition of working by consensus but this is dependent on delegations being willing to compromise.”

At the close of its December meeting Study Group 15 repeated its request to the IETF to provide an ACh codepoint for the Ethernet based OAM protocols. This request is in line with ITU’s continued commitment to a collegial working environment for ICT standards development.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 6:56:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The recent meeting of ITU’s Council saw a report from Malcolm Johnson the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) on progress made in implementing work on conformity and interoperability testing as requested by Resolution 76 in 2008 (WTSA-08).

In introducing the work Johnson said: “Currently all successful standards development organizations (SDOs) dealing with standards on interoperability have, in addition to the production of paper standards, three additional components: testing specifications; conformance testing to determine compliant products; and interoperability testing amongst various manufacturers’ products implementing the standard(s).

“ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), which is the pre-eminent global telecommunication standards body dealing specifically with global interoperability currently lacks these three additional elements to develop the full range of interoperable standards.

“This prompted a plea for help from developing countries, expressed in WTSA Resolution 76, to redress this problem as an important element of assistance to them in achievement of their desired level of conformity and interoperability nationally and internationally in telecommunications.

“Successful implementation of this programme is therefore crucially important to ITU-T maintaining its status as the pre-eminent global standards development organization in the face of increasing competition from other SDOs, forums and consortia.

“Defining more interfaces where interoperability can be tested increases competition and reduces the chances of being locked in to a single product.”

Johnson went on to define various actions, starting with a pilot version of a conformity database which is under development in line with a proposal put to Council-09 and taking account of advice provided by the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) and ITU-T’s Joint Coordination Activity on Conformance and Interoperability Testing (JCA-CIT). He said that the database would only record information provided by companies on conformity of their products to ITU-T Recommendations. Companies input the data into the database themselves. Following the advice of TSAG, access to the database is password protected (TIES) during the development phase.

The second action detailed by Johnson is the establishment of a calendar of “informal” interoperability events, some in partnership with interested SDOs/forums/consortia. The first such interoperability event is to take place on 20-23 July 2010, in Geneva to test ITU-T’s standards for IPTV.

The third action, Johnson said will be the implementation of human resources capacity building events. He said that ITU-T’s secretariat, the TSB and the secretariat of ITU-D, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) are preparing a programme of such events. Events are planned for  Quito (Ecuador) and Nairobi (Kenya). Both Bureaux, he added, looked forward to receiving advice in this regard from the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10), to be held in Hyderabad, India, from 24 May to 4 June 2010.

TSB and BDT are also working together to assist in the establishment of test facilities in developing countries. Discussions with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have already begun and a pilot project has been conducted in Tanzania.

TSB has begun work on the framework of a business plan for the long term implementation of the actions and which will provide the environmental background; the pros and cons of acting on Resolution 76; a road map for the implementation of the actions; a budget; legal aspects; study group actions; and partnerships for taking the work forward.
 
Following various questions and comments from the floor Johnson emphasized that Resolution 76 addresses both conformity and interoperability. Conformity does not imply interoperability, he said, but the chances of interoperability are definitely higher if equipment has been shown to conform to a standard.

The demand for a conformity database was simple he said: people want a database on the ITU website where they can see what products had been successfully tested to ITU-T Recommendations. To ensure the credibility of the database, tests will be carried out in an accredited laboratory: first, second or third party; or be accepted by an accredited certification body. Companies will voluntarily input the data directly into the database, but the information will only be made publicly available after TSB has received a supplier’s declaration.

Johnson emphasized that TSB is committed to working in consultation with all members and in collaboration with other SDOs, forums and consortia. For example, just within the last couple of weeks TSB had visited ATIS, TIA, ITI and several Sector Members in the USA to discuss Resolution 76. TSB had also visited the Interoperability Testing Lab of the University of New Hampshire, a not-for profit organization that has a formidable reputation in the testing field and which has been invited to the ITU-T Study Group 15 meeting in June.

Johnson concluded by confirming that TSB is committed to consulting and collaborating with all ITU-T membership to ensure the successful implementation of Resolution 76. It is a long and winding road but there is no turning back, he said. The Director of BDT, Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, also expressed appreciation for the positive tone in the Council on this subject and emphasized that TSB and BDT are working closely together on this issue.

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