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 Tuesday, February 05, 2013

An upcoming workshop on the Fully Networked Car, the eighth event in the series, will host an international selection of experts to discuss the latest developments in the intelligent transport space with a view to building consensus on the best path towards global standards for a safer, cleaner and far more connected driving experience. Responding to rapid progression in the sophistication of intelligent transport systems (ITS), the workshop’s discussions will conclude by setting the standardization agenda and industry priorities for the coming year.
 
Organized by IEC, ISO and ITU under the banner of the World Standards Cooperation, the “Fully Networked Car 2013 – The Future of Vehicles” is being held 6 March 2013 at Palexpo in Geneva. It will take place within the Geneva International Motor Show. With 6 March being the final press day of the Motor Show, workshop participants will gain exclusive insight into car manufacturers’ latest products as well as their visions of what consumers can expect in the future.
 
Fully Networked Car 2013 will be moderated for the second consecutive year by Richard Parry-Jones, a former executive at Ford Motor Company, and it will analyze developments in the automotive sphere with a particular focus on the ICT standardization needed to support recent advances in automotive ICTs. The workshop will assemble industry-leading minds from both the automotive and ICT communities; moving towards better collaboration by these industry sectors and thus more efficient development and adoption of the global standards needed to drive large-scale rollouts of ITS.
 
So-called “cooperative ITS” – in which vehicles communicate with each other and with the infrastructure around them – has the potential to enable more efficient traffic management, less congestion, fewer accidents and lower volumes of greenhouse gas emissions. Standards for cooperative ITS will thus be a central topic at March’s workshop, as will energy efficiency and standardization work concerning electric vehicles and smart grids.
 
Other key topics will be standardization to minimize driver distraction and enhance vehicle safety as the use and inclusion of ICTs in automobiles increases, as will comparisons of the tremendously different ITS challenges and opportunities encountered by developing and developed countries.
 
Registration to attend the event closes 22 February 2013.
 
More information is available here…
 
To drive the creation of an internationally accepted, globally harmonized set of ITS communication standards, ITU and other organizations with ITS activities have established an open collaboration group that next meets 21-22 March 2013 in Beijing, China.


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Tuesday, February 05, 2013 10:18:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 01, 2013

The submission deadline for the 3rd Green ICT Application Challenge has been extended from 30 April to 30 June 2013. The Challenge has also welcomed new supporters in the United Nations University (UNU), Solving the e-Waste Problem (StEP) and BlueVia.
 
Organized by ITU in partnership with Telefónica, the Challenge will award a prize of 5,000 USD to the creator of the app that best promotes Smart Sustainable Cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.
 
Developers can submit concepts individually or as part of a team. Submissions must be original and should deal with one of the following subjects: transport and mobility; management of energy, water, health services or waste; adaptation to climate change; town planning, including smart buildings; and smart sustainable societies, community participation and environmental education.
 
The winner will be selected according to criteria including impact, scalability, the degree of innovation, feasibility, the quality of the implementation plan and the business model. In addition, priority will be given to applications that can help developing countries to solve environmental problems in an urban context.
 
The Challenge launched 20 December 2012. Full Press Release here

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Friday, February 01, 2013 12:06:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 31, 2013


Attendees of the fourth meeting of ITU’s Focus Group on Disaster Relief, Network Resilience and Recovery (FG-DR&NRR) will participate in a one-day technical tour of Sendai city, the area hardest hit by 2011’s Great East Japan Earthquake, visiting affected telecommunication installations and R&D sites specialized in the study of network resilience and recovery.

Organized by ITU-T and hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Internal affairs and Communications (MIC) and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the fourth meeting of FG-DR&NRR will take place in Tokyo, Japan, 5-8 February 2013.

The meeting is preceded by an ITU workshop on “e-Health services in low-resource settings: Requirements and ITU role”, 4-5 February 2013, at the same venue. FG-DR&NRR participants are encouraged to attend this workshop, and particularly the afternoon sessions on the 5th where e-health applications related to disaster relief will be on show.

ITU-T Focus Groups are tasked with initiating work on new standardization challenges as input to the ITU-T Study Groups. Focus groups have a great deal of flexibility to decide their structure and working methods and participation is free of charge and open to non-members of ITU.

FG-DR&NRR was established in January 2012 at a meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG). The group coordinates ITU-T’s current work in the disaster relief field, and is expanding this work into two important new areas: (1) disaster relief for individuals (to notify relatives, friends or employers of a victim’s situation) and (2) disaster relief guidance (to show victims the routes to evacuation shelters, home, etc.).

Read more on FG-DR&NRR and its upcoming meeting here

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:30:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 28, 2013

Successor to award-winning standard to unleash new innovation
Geneva, 25 January 2013 – A new video coding standard building on the PrimeTime Emmy award winning ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC was agreed by ITU members today.

The new codec will considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use. The new standard, known informally as ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC) will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ (AVC), which currently accounts for over 80 per cent of all web video. HEVC will unleash a new phase of innovation in video production spanning the whole ICT spectrum, from mobile devices through to Ultra-High Definition TV.

ITU-T’s Study Group 16 has agreed first-stage approval (consent) of the much-anticipated standard known formally as Recommendation ITU-T H.265 or ISO/IEC 23008-2. It is the product of collaboration between the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

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Monday, January 28, 2013 11:27:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The registration deadline for ITU’s ICT Innovation Application Challenge has been extended from 22 January 2013 to 12 February 2013.

Launched in November 2012, 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.

Winning apps will be those that improve the quality of life experienced by citizens of developing countries, especially for communities at the financial or geographic margins of society. Suggested areas of focus include mobile health, mobile money, e-learning, e-government and intelligent transport systems.

The best app submitted by an individual or small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) will be awarded USD 5,000, courtesy of Nokia Siemens Networks. Winners will receive their awards at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, 13-17 May 2013.

Register here as a Challenge entrant, by 12 February 2013.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:07:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012
Call for applications to focus on Smarter Cities

Geneva, 20 December, 2012 – ITU together with Telefónica will today launch the 3rd Green ICT Application Challenge. A prize of 5,000 US dollars will be awarded to the application that best helps to promote Smart Sustainable Cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.

The impact of urban areas on natural resources necessitates a path of sustainable growth and development for the expansion of cities. It is expected that 70 per cent of the world population will be urban by 2050, and that most of this growth will occur in less developed countries. Cities currently emit 71 per cent of total greenhouse gases and consume between 60 and 80 per cent of the world’s energy. Innovative use of ICTs can drive solutions to make cities more efficient and sustainable.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:25:10 AM (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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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/.

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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.

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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)  #     | 
 Monday, November 12, 2012

Global Standards Symposium (GSS-12), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19 November 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 299)

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Monday, November 12, 2012 3:36:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 05, 2012

Focus Group on M2M Service Layer, 13 - 15 November 2012, San Jose, California

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Monday, November 05, 2012 3:25:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 02, 2012

11th Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM, Aachen, Germany, 12-13 November 2012

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Friday, November 02, 2012 2:34:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Joint Workshop on Remote Participation reality and principles, Diplo Foundation and Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability, 8 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan

ITU-T and Accessibility

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Friday, November 02, 2012 2:30:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
5th Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC), 8 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan
 
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Friday, November 02, 2012 11:59:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

All information about remote participation is available at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/remote-participation and is being updated till the day of the Forum.

Click here for real time captioning for this meeting

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Friday, November 02, 2012 11:54:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Forum on Conformance and Interoperability for the Arab and African regions 5 - 7 November 2012,  Tunis (Tunisia)
 
 
Invitation letter: English - Français - Arabic
 

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Friday, November 02, 2012 11:48:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Collaborative Team for Cloud Computing Overview and Vocabulary (CT-CCVOCAB), Seattle, USA,  17 - 19 October 2012

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:47:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Study Group 13 Qs 26, 27 & 28/13 Rapporteur Meeting, Seatle, USA, 15-20 October 2012 Bookmark and Share

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:37:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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ITU-T Study Group 5 (Study Period 2009-2012) WP 3/5, Geneva , 08-12 October 2012

Collective Letter 10

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:05:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

6th FG AVA Meeting: 25 - 27 September 2012, Toronto, Canada

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:02:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 29, 2012
ITU Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 30-31 July 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 290)

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Friday, June 29, 2012 3:06:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa (SG5 RG-AFR) Third Regional Group meeting, 20 July 2012,  Cotonou,

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Friday, June 29, 2012 3:04:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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 Tuesday, June 19, 2012
 Thursday, June 14, 2012
Inaugural Focus Group on Smart Cable Television, Geneva, Switzerland, 19 – 21 June 2012

Meeting announcement (TSB Circular 283)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:40:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 11, 2012

ITU Workshop on "ICT Innovations for Developing Countries" Tunis, Tunisia, 20 June 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 286)

On-line registration Deadline for registration: 13 June 2012 New

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Monday, June 11, 2012 9:03:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 08, 2012

ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing" Tunis, Tunisia, 18-19 June 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 280)

On-line registration Deadline for registration: 13 June 2012

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Friday, June 08, 2012 9:30:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 04, 2012
 Monday, May 28, 2012
 Monday, May 14, 2012
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ITU Workshop on “Making Television Accessible – From idea to reality” hosted and supported by Nippon Hôsô Kyôkai (NHK), Tokyo, Japan, 28 May 2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012 10:08:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Meeting of Study Group 16, Geneva, 30 April - 11 May 2012

Collective Letter 8

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:36:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 12, 2012

Virtual meeting of the TSAG ad hoc group on working methods,  17 & 18 April 2012

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TSAG

Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:28:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 29, 2012
 Monday, March 12, 2012

First meeting of FG Innovation and Workshop on ICT Innovation, Geneva, Switzerland, 19 and 21 March 2012

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Monday, March 12, 2012 11:44:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 01, 2012
 Friday, February 10, 2012

Meeting of Study Group 17, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 February - 02 March 2012

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Collective Letter

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Friday, February 10, 2012 10:07:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 31, 2012

IPTV-GSI, Geneva, Switzerland, 13 - 17 February 2012

TSB Circular 243

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IPTV-GSI

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:39:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Study Group 13 Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2012

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Collective Letter

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:11:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

IoT-GSI, Geneva, Switzerland, 6 - 13 February 2012

Convening letter (TSB Circular 244)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:04:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

NGN GSI event: Co-located Rapporteur group Meetings, Geneva, Switzerland, 6 – 17 February 2012

Convening letter (TSB Circular 242)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:59:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 3, Geneva Switzerland, 16 - 20 January 2012

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ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing and Smart Grid", Geneva, Switzerland, 9 January 2012

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Convening Letter (TSB Circular 241)

ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing and Smart Grid"

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:56:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), Geneva Switzerland, 10 - 13 January 2012

Collective Letter 4

TSAG

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:52:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 01, 2011
Technology offers practical means of cutting carbon emissions
Geneva, 25 November 2011 – ITU, together with a coalition of industry partners, will be working to convince delegates at the UN COP 17 climate change conference in Durban next week to harness the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to promote mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Today’s advanced technologies can transform social, industrial and business processes to effect the changes needed to achieve sustainability. But while the potential of ICTs to make a real difference is widely recognized by the technology community and government ICT ministries, it is still far from being understood and embraced by environmental lobby groups and policymakers.

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Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:08:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ninth meeting of FG Smart, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 - 21 December 2011

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ITU Workshop on Digital Signage, Tokyo, Japan, 13-14 December 2011

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ITU Workshop on Digital Signage

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:07:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Kaleidoscope: The fully networked human? - Innovations for future networks and services, Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 172)

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ITU Kaleidoscope

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 2:57:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Eighth meeting of FG Cloud, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 - 16 December 2011

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 2:51:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Third meeting of FG Distraction, Geneva, Switzerland 12 - 13 December 2011

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 2:45:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 21, 2011
Focus Group on Car Communication (FG CarCOM), 8 - 9 December 2011, Braunschweig, Germany

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Monday, November 21, 2011 11:01:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
IPR AHG: Ad Hoc Group on IPR meeting: Geneva Switzerland,  6 - 7 December 2011

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TSB Director's Ad Hoc Group on IPR

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Monday, November 21, 2011 10:56:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 15, Geneva Switzerland, 5 - 16 December 2011

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Collective Letter 8

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Monday, November 21, 2011 10:51:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Ninth Meeting of Joint Coordination Activity on ICT & Climate Change  (JCA-ICT&CC), 23 November 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011 10:35:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 03, 2011
Tutorial for Rapporteurs and Editors, Geneva, Switzerland, 28-29 November 2011

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 233)

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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:59:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Third Metting of Joint Coordination Activity on Internet of Things (JCA-IoT), Geneva, 28 - 29 November 2011

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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:51:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF) , Geneva, Switzerland, 24 November 2011

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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:48:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 16, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 November - 02 December 2011

Collective Letter 7

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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:44:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet Protocol Television Global Standards Initiative, IPTV-GSI Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 - 25 November 2011

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Circular 220

IPTV-GSI

 

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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:41:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 9, Geneva, 21 - 25 November 2011

Collective Letter 7

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Study Group 9


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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:34:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI) - Third event Geneva, 21 - 25 November 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 221)

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Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI)


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Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:29:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ITU Workshop on “Service Delivery Platforms (SDP) for Telecommunication Ecosystems: from today’s realities to requirements and challenges of the future”, Geneva, Switzerland, 17 October 2011

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 215)

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http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/sdp/index.html

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:18:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Meeting of Study Group 12, Geneva, Switzerland, 31 October - 9 November 2011

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:22:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 11,  Geneva, Switzerland, 17-21 October 2011

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:20:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 13, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-21 October 2011

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:17:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ITU-T NGN-GSI Event : Co-located Meetings of Study Groups 11 and 13, Geneva, Switzerland, 10 – 21 October 2011

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Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:17:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

e-meeting of  Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and climate change (JCA-ICT&CC), 28 September 2011, Seoul, Korea

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Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and climate change (JCA-ICT&CC)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:13:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Council Working Group to Prepare for the 2012 WCIT (CWG-WCIT12), Fifth Meeting, 27-30 September 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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Council Working Group

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:09:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Seventh meeting of the FG Cloud, Seoul, South Korea, 26-30 September 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:05:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 5, Seoul, Korea (Rep. of ) 20-28 September 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:49:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Third meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 12 Regional Group for Africa, Gaborone, Botswana, 28-29 July 2011

ITU-T TSB Collective Letter  5

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:14:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Second meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa, Gaborone, Botswana, 27 July 2011

ITU-T TSB Collective Letter 3

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:09:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T IPTV-GSI event, IPTV workshop and seminar and 4th IPTV Interop testing and showcasing event; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18-22 July 2011

ITU-T TSB Circular 193

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:04:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 24, 2011
6th meeting of the Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), Geneva, Switzerland, 27 June - 1 July 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:25:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 12, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 - 22 June 2011

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Study Group 12

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:21:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
6th Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM,  Aachen, 9 - 10 June 2011

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Focus Group CarCOM

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:17:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
7th meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart), Jeju, Korea 8 - 15 June 2011

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Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:14:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF), Geneva, 2 June 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:11:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 2, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-10 June 2011

Collective Letter 5

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:28:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA) , Geneva, Switzerland, 26 May 2011

Meeting Announcement (TSB Circular 191)

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Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:16:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 28, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 13, Geneva, 20 May 2011

Collective Letter  8

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:31:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of the Study Group 3 Regional Group for Africa (SG3RG-AFR), Gaborone, Botswana, 19 - 20 May 2011

Collective Letter 6

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SG3RG-AFR Regional Group for Africa

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:26:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 18, 2011
First meeting of Focus Group on Driver Distraction (FG Distraction), UMTRI in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 17-18 May 2011

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:38:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Monday, April 18, 2011 1:31:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 11, WPs 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Geneva, 13 and 20 May 2011)

Collective Letter 8

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Study Group 11

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:24:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T NGN-GSI Event : Co-located Rapporteur group Meetings (Geneva, Switzerland, 09-20 May 2011)

Convening letter (TSB Circular 170)

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Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:20:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI), Geneva, 9-13 May 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 182)

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Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI)

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:13:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and climate change (JCA-ICT&CC), (Geneva, 6 May 2011)

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Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and climate change

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:06:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 5 (Geneva, 27 April - 05 May 2011)

SG 5 Collective Letter 7

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Study Group 5

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:17:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 17 (Geneva, 11 - 20 April 2011)

SG 17 Collective Letter 5

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Study Group 17

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:12:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
IPv6 (Geneva, Switzerland, 07 - 08 April 2011)

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ITU IPv6 Group

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:07:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:03:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Smart Grid (Sophia Antipolis, France, 04 - 08 April 2011)

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:06:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Council Working Group to Prepare for the 2012 WCIT  (Geneva, Switzerland, 04 - 06 April 2011)

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Council Working Group to Prepare for the 2012 WCIT (CWG-WCIT12)

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:55:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 24, 2011
Meeting of  Study Group 15,  Geneva, Switzerland, 28 March - 1 April 2011

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Study Group 15

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:46:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 3, Geneva, 28 March - 1 April 2011, and Joint Rapporteur's Group Meeting (IIC & TFMF), Geneva, 25 March 2011  

SG 3 Collective Letter 3

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:35:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 16, Geneva, 14 - 25 March 2011

SG 16 Collective Letter 6

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:19:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 9,  Geneva, 14 - 18 March 2011

SG 9 Collective Letter 6

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:13:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Meeting of the Focus Group on Car Communication (FG CarCOM), 9-10 March 2011 Kiel, Germany

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FG CarCOM

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 4:16:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 20, 2011
Meeting of the Study Group 3 Regional Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (SG3RG-LAC) and the associated BDT Seminar, San Salvador, El Salvador, 15 - 18 February 2011

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SG3RG-LAC Collective Letter 6

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:09:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 15, Geneva, 14 - 25 February 2011

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SG 15 Collective Letter 6

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:00:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), Geneva, 8 - 11 February 2011

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TSAG Collective Letter

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 12:57:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 07, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 11, Geneva, 24 - 28 January 2011

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SG11 Collective Letter

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Friday, January 07, 2011 2:29:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 12,  Geneva, Switzerland, 18 - 27 January 2011

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SG12 Collective Letter

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Friday, January 07, 2011 2:26:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of SG 13, Geneva, 17-28 January 2011

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SG 13 Collective Letter

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Friday, January 07, 2011 2:22:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 23, 2010
ITU-T NGN GSI event: Co-located Meetings of Study Groups 11 and 13, Geneva, Switzerland, 17-28 January 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 147)

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for Study Group 11

for Study Group 13

Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:59:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
FG Smart , Yokohama, Japan, 10 - 14 January 2011

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Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:54:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), Nanjing, China, 10 - 13 January 2011

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Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:49:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 03, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010 11:31:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 17, Geneva, 8 - 17 December 2010

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SG17 Collective Letter

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Friday, December 03, 2010 11:28:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 01, 2010
Third Meeting of the Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), 30 November - 3 December 2010, Lannion, France

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Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)


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Monday, November 01, 2010 2:50:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Fourth Meeting of Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart), 29 November – 3 December 2010, Chicago, USA

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Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Monday, November 01, 2010 2:43:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 29, 2010
Eighth Meeting of Focus Group on Future Networks (FG FN), 29 November – 3 December 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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See TSB Circular Letter 146 for more information

Focus Group on Future Networks (FG FN)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 10:24:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 5, Geneva, 23 November - 1 December 2010 

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SG5 Collective Letter  6

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Friday, October 29, 2010 10:16:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Meeting of Study Group 9, Working Parties 1/9 and 2/9, Lawrenceville, Georgia (USA), 19 November 2010

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Tsb Collective Letter 5

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:00:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Car Communication (FG CarCOM), 11-12 November 2010, Kyoto, Japan

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:51:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 14, 2010
Meeting of Study Group 2,  Geneva, Switzerland, 9-18 November 2010

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Tsb Circular 125

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:05:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Study Group 12, Q. 6/12 Rapporteur's Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 26-27 October 2010

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SG 12

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:46:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 28, 2010
7th Meeting of the Focus Group on Future Networks (FG FN),  26–29 October 2010, Busan, Republic of Korea

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See TSB Circular Letter 137 for more information


Focus Group on Future Networks (FG FN)

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:05:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 23, 2010
Study Group 15 WP 1/15, Geneva, Switzerland, 18-22 October 2010

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See TSB SG 15 Collective Letter 5 for more information

SG15

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:54:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Study Group 15 Q.4/15 Rapporteur Group, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-15 October 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:49:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Study Group 5 Working Parties 3/5,  Rome, Italy, 1 October 2010

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See TSB Collective Letter 5 for more information

SG5

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:24:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 16, 2010
2nd ITU Interop Event on IPTV, Singapore, 23-24 and 27 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 136 for more information

Conformity and Interoperability

Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:35:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 06, 2010
IPTV-GSI Meeting, Singapore, 20-27 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 123 for more information

IPTV-GSI

Monday, September 06, 2010 1:47:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SG 12 WP2/12, Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2010

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See TSB Collective Letter  4  for more information

SG 12 WP2/12

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:15:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of SG 13, Geneva, 16 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 111 for more information

SG13

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:51:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 30, 2010
SG 11 WPs 2,3,4/11
Geneva, Switzerland, 10 September 2010

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See TSB Collective letter 6/11 for more information

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Monday, August 30, 2010 3:50:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 17, 2010
NGN GSI event: Co-located Rapporteur group Meetings,
Geneva, Switzerland, 6-16 September 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 115 for more information

Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:18:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Sixth Meeting of the Focus Group on Future Networks,
6-9 September 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 128 for more information

ITU-T Focus Group on Future Networks

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:01:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Second meeting of the FG Cloud,
Geneva, Switzerland, 2-6 September 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Invitation for more information

ITU-T Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:32:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
2nd meeting of the ITU IPv6 Group,
Geneva, Switzerland, 1-2 September 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 119 for more information

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:21:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 16, 2010
3rd Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM,
Detroit, USA, 26-27 August 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Invitation for more information

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Monday, August 16, 2010 3:00:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 03, 2010
First meeting of the Focus Group Cloud,
Geneva, Switzerland, 14-16 June 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 114 for more information

ITU-T Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:43:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 01, 2010
First Meeting of the FG Smart - Focus Group on Smart Grid
Geneva, Switzerland, 14-16 June 2010

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 113 for more information

ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)


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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 1:15:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 24, 2010
Meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 - Optical transport networks and access network infrastructures
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 May - 11 June 2010
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See ITU-T SG 15 Collective Letter 4 for more information.
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Monday, May 24, 2010 2:23:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 05, 2010

Meeting of Study Group 5 - Environment and climate change

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 12 - 16 April 2010

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See TSB Collective-letter 4/5 for more information.

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Friday, February 05, 2010 6:17:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Meeting of Working Parties 1, 2, 3 & 4/11

Geneva, 28 January 2010 PM

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 11 Collective Letter 4 for more information.

ITU-T Study Group 11 Home

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:43:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 23, 2009

ITU-T Workshop on "The impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work of the ITU-T"

Geneva, 2 November 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 16 Collective Letter 4 for more information.

More information

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:48:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of FG-FN - Focus Group on Future Networks

Salt Lake City, USA, 16-20 November 2009

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See ITU-T TSB Circular 57 for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:43:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of ITU-T SG 12 - Performance, QoS and QoE

Geneva, 3-12 November 2009

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See ITU-T SG 12 Collective Letter 2 for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:34:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of ITU-T SG 9 - Television and sound transmission and integrated broadband cable networks

Geneva, 26-30 October 2009

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See ITU-T SG 9 Collective Letter 2 for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:30:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of ITU-T SG 16 - Multimedia coding, systems and applications

Geneva, 26 October - 06 November 2009

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See ITU-T SG 16 Collective Letter 4 for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:26:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of IPTV-GSI - IPTV Global Standards Initiative

Geneva, 26-30 October 2009

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See TSB Circular 56 for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:19:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of JCA-NID - Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID)

Geneva, 26-27 October 2009

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See Meeting Announcement for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:09:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 14, 2009
ITU-T SG 2 Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland 16–24 November 2009

Meeting of Study Group 2 - Operational aspects of service provision and telecommunications management

Geneva, Switzerland 16–24 November 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 2 Collective Letter 2 for more information.

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Monday, September 14, 2009 4:34:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Meeting of NGN-GSI - Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–12 September 2009

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:39:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of IPTV-GSI - IPTV Global Standards Initiative

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–8 September 2009

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:35:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T SG 13 Meeting, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–12 September 2009

Meeting of Study Group 13 - Future networks including mobile and NGN

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–12 September 2009

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See ITU-T SG 13 Collective Letter 3 for more information.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:31:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 11 - Signalling requirements, protocols and test specifications

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–10 September 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 11 Collective Letter 3 for more information.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:14:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of SG2 RG-ARB - Regional Group of SG2 in the ARAB Region

Beirut, Lebanon, 8 July 2009

See ITU-T SG 2 RG-ARB Collective Letter 1 for more information.

SG 2 RG-ARB Home

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:05:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 21, 2009
ITU has published a new online resource for IPv6 related information.

The webpages have been published in response to WTSA-08 Resolution 64 ‘IP address allocation and encouraging the deployment of IPv6’.

The aim is to raise awareness of IPv6 deployment, as well as providing information related to training events and IPv6 related news. An IPv4 exhaustion counter estimates the number of days until all IPv4 addresses are used.

The site also hosts a questionnaire that will collect information and feedback from ITU members. Deadline for submission is 12 June.

With the massive deployment of Internet-related resources worldwide and the integration of IP-enabled consumer devices connected directly to the network, the issue of the depletion of IPv4  addresses is an increasing concern. In addition to other features, IPv6 with its 128 bit address space is aimed at addressing the current shortage of public IPv4 addresses. However for various reasons the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 taking longer than expected.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009 1:30:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 24, 2009

A new ITU-T Technology Watch Report titled The Future Internet surveys the current debate on Internet architecture.

The Internet has grown from a small experiment into a collaborative network with more than one billion users. The rise of mobile access poses additional infrastructure challenges including addressing, routing and security, which might require a review of the architecture.

The report examines the design and architecture of the Internet, and contrasts different views calling for evolutionary to radical changes to the Internet. Emerging trends and features of the Internet are identified in an attempt to provide pointers for future standards work for consideration by the ITU-T membership and the broader standards community.

The Future Internet, the tenth report of the Technology Watch series, is available to download here.

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Friday, April 24, 2009 11:11:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 16, 2009

Meeting of TSB Director's Ad Hoc Group on IPR

Geneva, 1 May 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:05:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of TSAG - Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group

Geneva, 28-30 April 2009

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See ITU-T TSAG Collective Letter 1 for more information.

TSAG Home

Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:59:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meeting of Study Group 2 - Operational aspects of service provision and telecommunications management

Geneva, 24 March - 02 April 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 2 Collective Letter 1 for more information.

Study Group 2 Home

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:48:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Third meeting of the Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change (FG ICT & CC)

24-27 March 2009, Hiroshima, Japan

Registration form

Practical information

See TSB Circular 11 for more information.

FG ICT & CC Home

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:38:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Fourth meeting of the Focus Group on From/In/To Cars Communication II (FG CarCom)

Geneva, 06 March 2009

Registration form

See Invitation letter for more information.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:31:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Study Group 3 Regional Group for Asia and Oceania (SG3RG-AO) (former TAS Group) and the associated BDT Workshop

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 04-06 March 2009

See ITU-T SG3RG-AO Collective Letter 3 for more information.

SG3RG-AO Home

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:21:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Study Group 12 - Performance, QoS and QoE

Geneva, 10-19 March 2009

Registration Form

See TSB Collective 1/12 for more information.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009 4:57:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 12, 2008
Study Group 2 - Operational aspects of service provision and telecommunications management

Geneva, 24 March - 2 April 2009

Registration Form

See TSB Collective 1/2 for more information.

Study Group 2 Home

Friday, December 12, 2008 4:13:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 05, 2008
Study Group 17 - Security

Geneva, 11 - 20 February 2009

Registration Form

See TSB Collective 1/17 for more information.

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Friday, December 05, 2008 3:36:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Study Group 9 - Television and sound transmission and integrated broadband cable networks

Geneva, 2 - 6 February 2009

Registration Form

See TSB Collective 1/9 for more information.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008 9:45:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 28, 2008

Study Group 16 - Multimedia coding, systems and applications

Geneva, 27 January- 2 February 2009

Registration Form

See TSB Collective 1/16 for more information.

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Friday, November 28, 2008 9:55:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 21, 2008

Study Group 15 - Optical transport networks and access network infrastructures

Geneva, 01-12 December 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective 6/15 for more information.

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Friday, November 21, 2008 5:31:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 18, 2008

FG ICT & CC - Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change

Geneva, 25-28 November 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Circular 243 for more information.

FG ICT & CC Home

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:26:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

IPTV-GSI - Internet Protocol Television Global Standards Initiative

Geneva, 24-28 November 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Circular 244 for more information.

IPTV-GSI Home

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:19:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 5 - Protection against electromagnetic environment effects

Geneva, 24-28 November 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 8/5 for more information.

Study Group 5 Home

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:04:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 27, 2008
Meeting of Study Group 13 - Next Generation Networks

Geneva, 16 - 27 April 2007

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 7/13 for more information.

Study Group 13 Home

Friday, June 27, 2008 8:56:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meeting of TSAG - Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group

Geneva, 02-09 July 2008

Registration Form

See TSAG Collective Letter 6 for more information.

TSAG Home

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:57:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 16, 2008

Next meeting the TSB Director's Ad Hoc Group on IPR

Geneva, 26-27 June 2008

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Monday, June 16, 2008 2:43:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

New About Us pages have been developed to give those new to ITU-T an overview of the work of the world’s premier ICT standards organization.

The pages offer an overview of ITU-T, a guide to its framework and working methods and high level introductions to each of the Study Groups (eg Study Group 15).

Users are invited to submit questions to an already well populated FAQ and an animated sequence puts ITU standards into a real world context.

Standards development and standards approval procedures are also summarized. A news page contains YouTube highlights and a list of all ITU-T RSS feeds. The contacts page includes an embedded googlemap and should help you find the right person to talk to if you have any enquiries. If all else fails standards@itu.int will always help direct your mail.

Monday, June 16, 2008 8:45:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Next meeting of the Internet Protocol Television Global Standards Initiative (IPTV-GSI)

Geneva, 23-27 June 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Circular 221 for more information.

IPTV GSI Home

Wednesday, June 04, 2008 11:10:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

First meeting of the Focus Group on From/In/To Cars Communication II (FG CarCom)

Naerum, Denmark, 12 June 2008

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Meeting Documents

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008 11:03:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 02, 2008

The sixth in a series of ITU-T Technology Watch Briefing Reports covers the technology and standards behind lawful interception (LI), the lawfully authorized monitoring and interception of telecommunications.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have enabled (lawful) interception since the early days of electronic communications, but it remains a shadowy area due to the necessary secrecy that must be accorded to investigations. National laws, LI methods and standards need to be adapted to new telecommunication technologies, which continue to develop at an ever faster pace.

LI has been subject of recent discussion in different ITU-T Study Groups and there is agreement that the topic cannot be limited to its technical parameters: it involves a range of different aspects including legal, regulatory, social and political considerations, at national and international levels. Some parties view LI as a national rather than an international matter while others fear that ITU efforts might duplicate work already done elsewhere. Any discussion of LI, even from a strictly technical perspective, tends to get very quickly into a parallel discussion on human rights.

The report addresses the importance of developing international standards assuring a transparent process of interception, focusing on the sometimes conflicting goals of privacy and security.

Download Technology Watch report on Lawful Interception

Monday, June 02, 2008 4:23:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Interview with Malcom Johnson, Director, ITU, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. Malcom Johnson talks about the increasing emphasis on green ICT and ICT standards for climate change.

Watch now.

Monday, June 02, 2008 10:24:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Regional Development Forum for the Americas Region closed 20 May 2008, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Forum, was jointly organized by ITU-T and ITU-D,  in cooperation with Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and hosted by ANATEL, Brazil

More than 200 participants attended, from 17 countries in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean

At the opening ceremony, the chairman,  H.E. Ambassador Ronaldo Sardenberg, President of Anatel, Brazil, confirmed the  Anatel’s interest in increasing its cooperation with  ITU and other regulatory agencies . He stressed the importance of the Forum in terms of preparing for WTSA-08 and discussing the “standardization gap”. He pointed out that the capacity to participate in the standardization process is of fundamental importance to decrease this standardization gap between developed and developing countries.

In his speech Mr. Clovis Baptista, Executive Secretary of  CITEL underlined the great impact that the information society has on society. The information society responds to society’s needs and helps people build on progress, he said. Baptista also reported an increase in the number of available services within the Americas region. A universal and suitable infrastructure is one of the objectives necessary to accelerate the process of American integration he said.

Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Malcolm Johnson, thanked the Ambassador for hosting the event and  the cooperation of CITEL. He expressed his appreciation to countries in the Americas for their active support of ITU’s activities, especially its standardization work. He highlighted the importance of standards for international communications and global trade. Globalisation requires global standards, and a global standards body like ITU clearly has an increasing role to play, he said.

In his speech, Johnson also raised the serious problem of cost of participation, especially in meetings in Geneva, as well as the cost of membership, particularly for small start-up companies in developing countries. He said that there had been attempts to overcome these difficulties, and that the issues would be hot topics at the upcoming World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08). Johnson said that he had long encouraged members to host meetings in the regions, and had recently established a fund to assist hosts with the cost of doing so, as well as for providing fellowships to attend the meetings. He also mentioned the invitation to hold an NGN Global Standards Initiative (GSI) meeting in the Americas region in September 2009. Moreover, he added that ITU-T has also been trialling new collaboration tools which will allow remote participation in ITU-T meetings.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:01:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 19, 2008

Meeting of Working Parties 1, 2, 3 and 4/13

Geneva, 22 May 2008 (afternoon)

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 10/13 for more information.

Study Group 13 Home

Monday, May 19, 2008 11:15:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 12 - Performance and quality of service

Geneva, 22-30 May 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 6/12 for more information.

Study Group 12 Home

Monday, May 19, 2008 11:10:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 02, 2008

Identity Management Global Standards Initiative (IdM-GSI) Meeting

Geneva, 14-15 May 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Circular 199 for more information.

IdM-GSI Home

Friday, May 02, 2008 11:26:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI) Meeting

Geneva, 12–22 May 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Circular 199 for more information.

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Friday, May 02, 2008 11:14:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Internet Protocol Television Global Standards Initiative (IPTV-GSI) Meeting

Geneva, 30 April - 7 May 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Circular 199 for more information.

IPTV-GSI Home

Friday, May 02, 2008 11:00:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 11, 2008

When you enter a modern office building, such as ITU-T’s office in Geneva, it is quite common for the glass doors to open automatically and for lights to come on as you enter a darkened room. This “magic” is achieved by motion sensors. But entering a building in the future, you might be welcomed by name with a personal greeting and given security access suitable to your status (e.g., employee, delegate, newcomer). To do this without human intervention would require not only intelligent sensors but also perhaps ID tags and readers and interaction with a database.

In a new Technology Watch briefing report from ITU-T, the term “Ubiquitous Sensor Networks” (USN) is used to describe networks of intelligent sensor nodes that could be deployed “anywhere, anytime, by anyone and anything”. The technology has huge potential as it could generate applications in a wide range of civilian and military fields, including ensuring safety and security, environment and habitat monitoring, real-time healthcare, landmine detection and intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Sensor nodes may vary enormously in size, cost and complexity. Their characteristics are highly application-specific. Depending on the sensor type, the links between sensors may be provided by either wired or wireless communication. Energy-efficient operation is an important requirement for scenarios where sensor nodes are deployed in hazardous or inaccessible environments.

The variability of USN poses a challenge to researchers and a number of different standards development organizations (SDOs) are already engaged int this field. Within ITU-T, USN standardization is being carried out under the auspices of the Next-Generation Network Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI). The new report, the fourth in a series of ITU-T Technology Watch Briefing Reports, describes the different components of USN, notes the standardization work currently going on in ITU-T, and gives an overview of the different fields of applications of USN in both, developed and developing countries.

Download Technology Watch report on Ubiquitous Sensor Networks

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:28:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Study Group 6 Meeting - Outside Plant and related indoor installations

Wuhan, China, 14-18 April 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 6/6 for more information.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:03:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Working Parties 1, 2, 3 and 4/13 Meetings - Next Generation Networks

Geneva, 22 May 2008 (afternoon)

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 10/13 for more information.

Study Group 13 Home

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 6:32:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 9 - Integrated broadband cable networks and television and sound transmission

Geneva, 5 - 9 May 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 7/9 for more information.

Study Group 9 Home

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 6:24:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 22, 2008
Meeting of Study Group 16 - Multimedia terminals, systems and applications

Geneva, 22 April - 2 May 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 9/16 for more information.

Study Group 16 Home

Friday, February 22, 2008 1:53:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 14, 2008

IEEE Communications Magazine has issued a call for papers: ITU-T International Standards in Information and Communications Technologies. Contributions are solicited for an issue focusing on ITU-T's role in developing global standards for ICTs.

Contributions should include but are not limited to the following areas:

Overview of the ITU-T standardization mechanisms and process: Building consensus, alternative approval process (AAP), WTSA, TSAG, Study Groups, Focus Groups, IPR policy, the role of TSB etc.

  • ITU-T Strategy
  • Bridging the standardization gap
  • Hot standardization topics in ITU-T including standards coordination aspects
  • Access technologies
  • Transport technologies
  • Advanced Multimedia System (AMS)
  • ICTs for climate change

The manuscript submission date is April 15, 2008 .

More details here.

Thursday, February 14, 2008 3:57:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 08, 2008

ITU, together with Telcordia, are again collaborating to organize a multi-company interoperability demonstration featuring gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) equipment built according to the ITU-T G.984 Recommendation. Participating companies are now being finalized, with interested companies being requested to contact Rob Bond (rbond@telcordia.com), G-PON Pavilion Coordinator, by Monday February 25, 2008. Any optical access system, customer premises equipment, or G-PON device vendor with commercial products compliant with G.984 series Recommendations are eligible to participate.


The interoperability demonstration featured in the ITU G-PON (G.984) Pavilion at NXTcomm 2008 may include both traditional FTTP-focused G-PON technology, as well as emerging applications such as G-PON fed xDSL services, Enhancement band operation (G.984.5), and G-PON Reach Extender demonstrations (G.984.re). More information is contained in the ITU G-PON Pavilion fact sheet.

Friday, February 08, 2008 9:38:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 04, 2008

The quadrennial event that defines the future direction for the ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) – the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) – will take place for the first time in Africa in 2008. It will also be the first chaired by a woman (Ms Lyndall Shope-Mafole, Director-General of the South African Department of Communications), and for the first time is preceded by a Global Standards Symposium (GSS). WTSA-08 will be held 21 - 30 October 2008, at the Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

An official ‘Circular’ letter has been issued encouraging Member States and ITU-T Sector Members to participate in discussions on the future structure of the Sector: the study groups (including regional tariff groups under Study Group 3); and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG). WTSA-08 will also be unique in that the term limit for chairmanships agreed at the WTSA-2000 will apply for the first time and many of the current chairmen and vice-chairmen will retire. Although this will mean the loss of much experience, it does offer the opportunity to consider a major restructuring of the Sector. Member States and ITU-T Sector Members are therefore advised to await the outcome of the next TSAG meeting in July, when a new structure for the Sector should be clearer, before submitting candidatures for chairmen or vice-chairmen.

The Global Standards Symposium (GSS) will be held at the same venue on 20 October 2008. It will see leading figures in the telecom/ICT field, both from government and the industry, give their vision of the future, and suggest ways of increasing the involvement of developing countries in the development and implementation of standards (bridging the standardization gap). Additionally the event will examine global ICT standards challenges, such as accessibility, climate change and collaboration among standards development organisations (SDOs). Although not formally a part of the WTSA-08, the GSS will provide a report to the WTSA for information and action as appropriate, giving participants a unique opportunity to provide input to the event that decides the future direction for ITU-T.

Monday, February 04, 2008 5:09:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 01, 2008

ITU will team up with ISO and IEC for a third time in 2008 to present the Fully Networked Car. The three organisations working together under the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) banner will host the workshop and exhibition at one of the world’s leading automotive events, the Geneva International Motor Show.

Key for 2008 is the question: How can ICTs in vehicles help mitigate and monitor climate change? The Honda Racing F1 Team has kindly agreed to display, as the key feature of the exhibition, its new 2008 F1 “Earthdreams car” to give special emphasis to the environmental theme. Experts believe that more sophisticated traffic management and driver assistance systems can help reduce the environmental impact caused by motoring.

2008 will see a keynote speech from Max Mosley, president of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), organizer of the Formula One World Championship.

In general, the event, 5 - 7 March, will focus on information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles and specifically standards that will facilitate the convergence of these industries.

ICT in vehicles represents a significant value-add for consumers in terms of safety, comfort and mobility. Predictions for the size of the market run into billions of dollars and stakeholders agree that standardization is key to the development of new technologies and that coordination between the traditionally remote vehicle manufacturing and ICT industries is crucial.

The Fully Networked Car brings together experts ranging from top decision-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and analysts. The workshop programme features speakers from some of the biggest names in the ICT and automobile industries. The panel of high-level global experts that will frame the major issues and engage the audience in discussion on this important topic come from companies including: BMW, Connexis, Fiat, Ford, Freescale Semiconductor, Honda, Intel, Motorola, Oracle, SVOX, Telefonica, Telcordia, Toyota-InfoTechnology Center, T-Systems, Volvo and Wavecom.

Among other topics to be discussed are the radio spectrum used for car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications; the convergence of telematics and infotainment and systems and standards related to safety.

Friday, February 01, 2008 11:04:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In the context of ITU-T's efforts to address climate change issues, Study Group 15 will hold three tutorials on energy saving techniques during its February meeting.

A checklist for developers of standards is already under development in SG 15. The technologies considered in the list include optical transport networks and access network transport technologies such as digital subscriber line (DSL) and Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON). Together these technologies represent a significant consumption of energy worldwide. The idea is that the checklist is applied before the work commences, during the work and after the completion of the work. The use of the checklist should ideally be complemented by involving energy efficiency experts and users in the process.

The tutorials to be held 13, 14 and 15 February will look at the checklist as well as topics such as energy efficient Ethernet and opportunities and techniques for power saving in DSL and PON. A general introduction to the issues surrounding ICTs and climate change, (to be addressed in two upcoming ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change), and an update on the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, December 2007, will be included.

Friday, February 01, 2008 9:27:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 28, 2008

ITU has issued a call for papers/speakers for its upcoming Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change, to be held April 15-16 2008 in Kyoto, Japan, hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and 17-18 June 2008 in London, hosted by BT.

The events are part of a new initiative by ITU to better understand how ICTs can help mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as monitoring its impact.

Monday, January 28, 2008 10:55:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 17, 2008

Reinhard Scholl, Deputy to the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau has taken a seat on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board.

Annually, in rotation, ETSI, ITU-T and W3C appoint one non-voting liaison (TLG, Technical Liaison Group) to the ICANN Board. ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .UK), as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols.

At ICANN’s 30th International Public Meeting in Los Angeles, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf's term as Chairman of ICANN’s Board came to an end. He was succeeded by Peter Dengate Thrush, a New Zealand lawyer and former President of InternetNZ.

The news follows a recent announcement on collaboration towards standards for the multilingual Internet made during the Internet Governance Forum.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 5:21:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 9:59:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 17, 2007
 Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Study Group 15 - Optical and other transport network infrastructures

Study Group 15 Meeting

Geneva, 11-22 February 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 5/15 for more information.

Study Group 15 Home

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 6:11:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 03, 2007

An Information Note from the ITU IS Department is available to help you configure your laptop for the ITU's Wireless LAN.

See the EWM FAQs page

Monday, December 03, 2007 9:30:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Study Group 16 - Multimedia terminals, systems and applications

Working Party 3/16 Meeting

Geneva, 1 February 2008

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 8/16 for more information.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 3:11:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 26, 2007

A standardized way to identify next-of-kin (or other emergency contact) in a mobile handsets’ directory, for use in case of emergency, has been sent for next level approval by Study Group 2 in May 2008.

Currently emergency service workers searching for contact information for the next-of-kin to an injured person have no commonly understood way of identifying that person’s details. Increasingly the directory of the injured person’s mobile handset is used, since it usually contains the names and numbers of next-of-kin. However, there is no standard way to distinguish these contacts from all other entries in the mobile handset directory.

A prefix to those contacts to be dialed in case of emergency is one solution. International standards must be useable by anyone, regardless of language or script. This requirement has been met by using Arabic numerals (the digits 0 through 9) since they are known by all users around the world.

The owner of a mobile handset can indicate contacts to be dialled in case of emergency by formatting the name in the form “0nx”, where “n” is a digit from 1 through 9 and “x” is any meaningful descriptive character string (e.g. “Anna” or “spouse” or “安娜”). In the interface it would be displayed as “01Anna” or “01spouse” or “01安娜”. This descriptive string is used for the “contact name” in the mobile handset directory; the actual number of the person to call in case of emergency is used for the corresponding “contact number”.

Once this standard is approved and widely implemented by individual mobile users around the world, any emergency service worker can look at the mobile handset directory and quickly identify entries tagged by the user as contact persons to call in case of emergencies.

“Emergency contact number notation” stands on the runway to take off as a new clause in ITU-T Recommendation E.123, which currently specifies, among other things, the familiar +41 22 123 456 notation for telephone numbers and other information commonly displayed on business cards.

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Monday, November 26, 2007 10:15:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 23, 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, November 23, 2007 2:16:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 19, 2007

Do you remember your last video conference? Blurry faces on tiny screens, with sound that doesn’t quite synchronize with the stilted movement of the lips. After the laborious setup of cameras and microphones, you seem to spend more time worrying about technical problems than talking about the topic at hand, with repeated loss of connection. As frustration grows, and attention wanders, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that you should have arranged a face-to-face meeting instead.

 

A new set of technologies – referred to as Telepresence – will give users the illusion of sitting on the opposite side of the remote party’s conference table. High-definition (HD) video images and audio are transmitted via packed-based Next-Generation Networks (NGN), connecting conference rooms around the world, and covering distances of thousands of miles with zero latency. While the network infrastructure remains transparent to the user, vendors equip conference rooms with high-end displays, cameras, loudspeakers and furniture to enhance the conferencing experience. Telepresence-systems are already available on the market, and involved companies go as far as identifying the technology as a potential billion dollar market, for solution vendors as well as for network service providers (NSP).

 

A new ITU-T Briefing Report on Telepresence has been released as part of the Technology Watch function, which evaluates the market potential and different fields of application of Telepresence solutions in both, developed and developing countries. The report notes the standardization work currently going on in ITU, including the consideration of migrating currently used multimedia protocols, such as H.323 and SIP into a new generation of multimedia protocols, called H.325 or Advanced Multimedia Systems (AMS), that takes into consideration special aspects of security, flexibility, QoS, and support for mobile devices. This report is the second of a new series of Technology Watch Briefing Reports looking at emerging new technologies.

Monday, November 19, 2007 11:23:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 16, 2007

Study Group 9 consented Recommendations on IPTV and advanced HDTV proposals during meetings held Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, Louisville, Colorado.

The meeting saw participation from all around the world with several delegates from developing countries including Kenya, India and Trinidad and Tobago.

Recommendation J.700 - IPTV Service Requirements and Framework for Secondary Distribution - defines service level requirements and an architectural framework for telecommunication networks to provide new services based on IPTV. It refers to "secondary distribution" which means use of a transmission channel for distribution of video/audio programs to users at large, for example by an over-the-air broadcast channel or by means of a fiber or cable network.

The Recommendation is extensive and includes requirements for network elements as well as customer premises equipment (CPE), including middleware application interfaces which consist of software libraries that provide uniform access to system services. It leverages existing deployed technologies, such as MPEG, DOCSIS, GEM (Globally Executable MHP), and IPCablecom to provide a smooth path for operators to integrate IPTV technology into their networks. While in the process of developing this Recommendation considerable liaison with other Study Groups and the IPTV Focus Group was carried out.

In addition to the IPTV work, Recommendations relating to second - and third - generation IPCablecom were consented. Equipment based on IPCablecom Recommendations, such as modems, set-top boxes, signalling equipment, interactive television application platform interfaces, digital program insertion, and others have had widespread implementation in networks in Asia, Europe, and North America.

The new Recommendations add to a suite of more than 25 which have been developed for cable and hybrid networks primarily designed for television and sound program delivery to the home.

Large screen digital imagery (LSDI) is a family of digital imagery systems that includes very large screen presentation of programmes similar to the non-digital IMAX and OMNIMAX systems. LSDI is described as an optimal approach to the presentation of high-definition television (HDTV) programmes, to a collective audience on cinema-like screens in a cinema-like environment. An earlier approved Recommendation J.600 addresses use of a broadband service or channel for transferring audio or video information to a production center where post-production processing may take place before subsequent distribution. At this meeting work towards a new Recommendation - Network Service Operator's Requirements for Real-time Transmission of exLSDI Signals under Parallel Processing Functionality - was significantly progressed. This Recommendation is related to the transport of program signals conforming to the higher levels of the LSDI expanded hierarchy as used for contribution and primary distribution. The term contribution means use of a broadband service or channel for transferring audio or video information to a production center where post-production processing may take place before subsequent distribution. Primary distribution is the use of a transmission channel for transferring audio and/or video information from a production center to one or several destination points; for example, to a broadcast transmitting center or the headend of a cable distribution network. Work on LSDI takes place with interactions between ITU-T Study Group 9, ITU-R Study Group 6, and other bodies external to the ITU.

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Friday, November 16, 2007 2:55:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 12, 2007

A standard that allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over different systems and applications has been approved as an ITU-T Recommendation.

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) v.1.1 developed by OASIS was the basis for the text that will be published as an ITU-T Recommendation following approval on 12 September. Publication as an ITU-T Recommendation (X.1303) will help ensure that CAP is deployed worldwide giving technical compatibility for users across all countries. The goal of public warning is to reduce the damage and loss of life caused by a natural or man-made hazard event.

CAP is a simple, lightweight XML-based schema that provides a general-purpose format for the exchange of emergency alerts for safety, security, fire, health, earthquake and other events over any network. CAP associates emergency event data (such as public warning statements, photographs, sensor data or URIs) with basic metadata such as time, source and level of urgency, and with geographic locations. The original V.1.1 specification was enlarged by a binary ASN.1 specification of the CAP messages that will enable the transport of CAP messages to VoIP terminals using H.323 among other systems. Experts say the use of ASN.1 significantly reduces the size of the message and therefore the potential for network congestion. OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee has also adopted the same extension.

CAP is successfully in use by a number of public emergency services and land management agencies today, and works with a wide variety of devices and messaging methods.

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Monday, November 12, 2007 9:15:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Next meeting of TSAG - Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group

Geneva, 3-7 December 2007

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 5/TSAG for more information.

TSAG Home

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 11:48:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 23, 2007
ITU-T's work on specifications that will enhance communications in vehicles will expand to development of requirements and testing methodologies for wideband communications in cars.

The news reflects the increased attention being given by ITU-T to wideband audio and other codec-related quality issues, especially regarding their subjective testing, such as for superwideband and fullband.

Work has progressed over a number of meetings, since the beginning of 2007, of the Focus Group From/In/To Car Communication on draft Recommendation - P.Carhft - under development by ITU-T's Study Group 12. The Focus Group concept allows for non-members, in this case the auto industry to participate. While first concentrating on narrowband speech (3.4kHz), the group working under new banner - FitCarCom - will move into better quality - wideband (8kHz).

Participating companies include Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, DaimlerChrysler, France Telecom, Harman/Becker, Head Acoustics, Mitsubishi, Nortel and Volkswagen. The first meeting of the group is expected to be March or April, 2008.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:23:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Following completion of four deliverables by The Focus Group on Identity Management, ITU-T's Study Group 17 has recommended to the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) that a Global Standards Initiative on Identity Management (IdM-GSI) is established. If the December meeting of TSAG initiates the IdM-GSI and the related Joint Coordination Activity (JCA), a meeting has already been planned for January 2008 to enter into a new phase of work on IdM based on these groups and existing ITU-T studies.

The four IdM deliverables have been transferred to relevant Study Groups via Study Group 17 and also to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 for further consideration and possible development as ITU-T Recommendations and a potential common text with ISO/IEC on entity authentication assurance. Indeed work on three new ITU-T Recommendations and the ITU-T/ISO common text standard has already begun.

The term IdM is understood as "management by providers of trusted attributes of an entity such as a subscriber, a device, or a provider." IdM promises to reduce the need for multiple user names and passwords for each online service used, while maintaining privacy of personal information. A global IdM solution will help diminish identity theft and fraud. Further, IdM is one of the key enablers for a simplified and secure interaction between customers and services such as e-commerce. A key issue for the Focus Group was to provide interoperability between existing solutions.

Herb Bertine, Chairman of Study Group 17, lead Study Group on security in ITU-T said: “We are very pleased with the productivity and efficiency of the Focus Group. We now have the building blocks to enter the important next phase where the world’s service providers can profit from international standards for IdM services. Clearly identity management is an important topic and one that industry has put significant weight behind in order to turn out standards that will provide an IdM framework for global interoperability.”

The deliverables were supplied to a meeting of ITU-T’s Study Group 17. Essentially IdM-GSI will be an umbrella title for IdM work that will be distributed across all Study Groups. A joint coordination activity (JCA) will ensure that there is no duplication of work, oversee strategic/planning issues and work assignments and develop a roadmap for the development of a global ID management standards. IdM-GSI will enhance harmonization, in collaboration with other bodies, among the different approaches to IdM frameworks and capabilities worldwide.

The publicly available deliverables are:

  • Report on Identity Management Ecosystem and Lexicon
  • Report on Identity Management Use Cases and Gap Analysis 
  • Report on Requirements for Global Interoperable Identity Management 
  • Report on Identity Management Framework for Global Interoperability

The first meeting of IdM-GSI including the JCA-IdM is planned to be held during the January 2008 NGN-GSI event in Seoul, Korea.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007 3:55:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Experts from the standardization sector of ITU (ITU-T) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have agreed to recommend progression of Transport-MPLS (T-MPLS) standards work in a way that ensures compatibility, consistency, and coherence of MPLS technology when used in transport networks. The recommended approach, which recognizes and leverages ITU-T and IETF design expertise and authority, is expected to resolve concerns raised regarding usage of common Ethertypes for IETF MPLS and T-MPLS when running over an Ethernet backbone. Broader review and approval of the proposal by the two standards bodies is expected in the coming months.

The experts proposed in a joint statement that "The IETF and ITU-T will work in close collaboration on T-MPLS" and that "a joint working team of experts from the IETF and ITU-T be established to propose how to progress the various aspects of the requirements, solutions, and architecture for the T-MPLS work." The initial goal of the working team will be to examine T-MPLS work, and foster "an agreement on leadership roles and the modifications necessary to develop an architecture that it is compatible, coherent and consistent between both transport and IETF MPLS technologies."

Yoichi Maeda, Chairman of ITU-T's Study Group 15, home of the T-MPLS work said: "This type of agreement is a characteristic of the spirit of cooperation that exists between ITU-T and IETF. Both organizations understand that in order to meet the needs of industry it's imperative to quickly resolve differences and avoid duplication of work."

"Future work," the proposal states, "will be progressed by first analyzing the requirements and desired functionality." Since T-MPLS utilizes MPLS functionality extensively, the experts recommend that, "The IETF Standards Process will be used for extensions or modifications of IETF MPLS Technology." It was clearly noted that there are aspects of the problem space that lie outside the domain of expertise in the IETF or straddle both organizations, e.g., management of transport equipment, and some aspects of OAM and survivability. The working team will be tasked to help identify which of these aspects are best standardized in IETF RFCs and which in ITU-T Recommendations.

T-MPLS has been under development for three years in ITU-T with four specifications published, including an architecture document, a network-to-network interface (NNI), an equipment specification and a protection switching document. T-MPLS draws extensively on IETF MPLS, a foundation of more than 50 RFCs published by the IETF MPLS and PWE3 Working Groups over the last eight years.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007 9:53:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 08, 2007

The government of Rwanda generously hosted ITU’s first ever global Forum on Bridging the ICT standardization and development gap between developed and developing countries, in Kigali, Rwanda, 2-4 October. Participants welcomed the recent establishment of a special fund for voluntary contributions from world governments and industry to address the issue.

The ICT standardization gap refers to the shortage of human resources in developing countries, relative to developed ones, in terms of being able to participate effectively in the standards-making and implementation process. Standards are an essential tool in bridging the digital divide, in reducing costs, and bringing vital aid to developing countries in building their infrastructure and encouraging economic development.

Over 160 participants from 38 countries took part in the meeting, with several countries being represented at government Minister or company CEO level. The conclusions of the Forum, outlining the importance of addressing the standardization gap, will be provided as input to the upcoming Connect Africa summit to be held in Kigali, 29-30 October.

The Forum was formally opened by H.E. Albert Butare, Minister of State in charge of Energy and Communications. He drew attention to the country’s National Information and Communications Infrastructure (NICI) Plan where the aim is to focus on the benefits of ICTs for national development and prosperity so that by 2020 Rwanda will have achieved middle-income status as a knowledge-based economy. The Minister welcomed the support being given by ITU and the international community in helping Rwanda to achieve its goals.

Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, speaking in Kigali at the opening of the Forum, said: “The significance of the standardization gap is that it contributes to the persistence of the wider digital divide in ICTs. That is because one of the underlying causes of the digital divide is unequal access to technology and the ability to implement and use that technology. The process of technology transfer and implementation will happen much faster when African engineers can participate in standards development, particularly at the requirements-gathering stage, and are familiar with the relevant standards.”

Meeting participants agreed that a sustained commitment to raising standards awareness and to capacity-building is of particular importance and the meeting called on the ITU to step up its efforts, welcoming ITU’s organisation of a Global Standardization Symposium to address the issue. This will be held on 20 October 2008 just ahead of the next World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08), planned for South Africa.

A chairman’s report from the Forum is available online as well as a full set of presentations: here.

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 Friday, October 05, 2007

ITU is holding a workshop - Making accessibility a reality in emerging technologies - at the second meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro, 13 November, 1430-1600.

ITU’s standardization arm - ITU-T - has a long history of providing standards in the field of accessibility. It started in the early 90's with the international text telephone standard, ITU-T Recommendation V.18, which ties together text telephone protocols allowing different textphone types to communicate.

ITU-T’s accessibility experts have helped to incorporate accessibility needs into standards for multimedia, network interoperability, multimedia service descriptions and multimedia conferencing.

The latest work has focused on taking accessibility needs into account in the development of all standards. For this reason an ‘Accessibility Checklist’ has been created for the makers of standards to ensure that they are taking into account the needs of those to whom accessibility to ICTs are restricted, the deaf or hard-of-hearing for example. Experts say that such a list will help to ensure that accessibility needs are taken into account at an early stage, rather than ‘retrofitted’.

An area of current intensive standardization activity is that on the next generation network (NGN). Accessibility features have been included at the first stage of standards work where requirements are defined. However it is important that these needs are taken into account as work progresses.

This workshop, organized by ITU, as part of the Internet Governance Forum brings together experts from around the world to examine how best to take into account accessibility needs in emerging technologies.

Further information here (ITU page) here (IGF page).

Friday, October 05, 2007 3:10:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop voluntary International Standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.

International Standards help citizens to exercise their rights and to meet their obligations within the Global Village. This link between standards and global citizenship is the theme of this year's World Standards Day message, “Standards and the citizen: Contributing to society”. The message is signed by the leaders of the three principal international standardization organizations: Mr. Renzo Tani, President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Mr. Håkan Murby, President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The three leaders point out that standards solve problems in all spheres of activity and give the following examples: “A world without standards would soon grind to a halt. Transport and trade would seize up. The Internet would simply not function. Hundreds of thousands of systems dependent on information and communication technologies would falter or fail — from government and banking to healthcare and air traffic control, emergency services, disaster relief and even international diplomacy.”

International Standards are ubiquitous in the modern world, making many everyday tasks easier and safer. The heads of the three standardization organizations point out that even the simple act of reading the World Standards Day message on a computer screen depends on hundreds of standards that allow the computer to function, provide access to Internet, or simplify the printing and distribution of hard copies through standardized paper sizes.

The leaders of IEC, ISO and ITU underline how much standards underpin our daily lives: "Without standards, consider how difficult — or even dangerous — it would be to carry out ordinary, daily tasks. Safety standards for machinery protect us at work and at play. At home, standards keep electrical appliances connected to the national grid and keep our refrigerators and air conditioners compliant with environmental safeguards to prevent global warming. Our audio systems, television sets and DVD players, mobile phones and WiFi all comply with standards to make them compatible with other systems. From mobile videos and music to online education, telemedicine, e-banking and satellite navigation systems for our cars and aircraft — where would we be without standards in an increasingly networked world?"

Through their work in developing standards, IEC, ISO and ITU help to open up markets, promote environmental protection, safety, security, health and access to information, and to break down barriers between rich and poor nations. Their standards also foster technological innovation, healthy commerce and fair prices.

The leaders of the three organizations conclude their message, "As we move into the future, the work of IEC, ISO and ITU will continue to facilitate the development and diffusion of new technologies that will drive the world economy, contributing to the well being of all of the world’s inhabitants."

Friday, October 05, 2007 8:59:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 04, 2007

Working Party 2/17 Meeting - Security, languages and telecommunication software

Geneva 10 - 14 December 2007

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 8/17 for more information.

Study Group 17 Home

Thursday, October 04, 2007 5:04:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2007

A call for abstracts has been issued for ITU, ISO and IEC’s now regular event focusing on information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles.

For the third year running The Fully Networked Car is being organized by ITU, ISO and IEC, working together as the World Standards Cooperation (WSC). Taking place at one of the world’s leading automotive events, the Geneva International Motor Show, the event will comprise a workshop with demonstrations and will take place between 5 and 7 March 2008.

Authors wishing to present papers should submit a half-page abstract, including the title of the paper and the author’s full name, short biography, address, telephone and e-mail, to tsbcar@itu.int by Friday, 16 November 2007. A new topic area for 2008 is ICT and the environment, suggestions for other topics can be found on the event's webpage.

This year’s event will feature a keynote speech from Max Mosley, president of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) which is also the organizer of the Formula One World Championship).

Monday, October 01, 2007 11:13:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 27, 2007

A group of young African researchers presented their project MalariaControl during the Global Forum on Youth and ICT for Development (Geneva 24-26 September 2007), co-hosted by the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) and ITU.

MalariaControl, is a partnership comprising the Swiss Tropical Institute, the University of Geneva, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the NGOs International Conference Volunteers and Informaticiens sans Frontières. Using Volunteer Computing (VC) it develops simulation models of transmission dynamics and health effects of malaria. The models represent an important tool for malaria control - optimal strategies for new vaccines or chemotherapy can be determined.

VC is used because the simulation of the full range of transmission patterns relevant for malaria control is complex and extremely computer intensive. The approach was popularised in 1999 with the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence: SETI@home.

The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) plays a key role in reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were agreed at the Millennium Summit (New York, 6-8 September 2000), where 192 United Nations Member States and all the world’s leading development institutions agreed to try to achieve the - eight - goals by the target date of 2015. The goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.

In VC, a type of distributed computing, software clients installed on privately owned computers around the world perform calculations to progress in complex research fields. Home computers are idle most of the time. Owners donate their computer's idle CPU time, memory and network connection for distributed research. VC contains aspects of Grid Computing, see the three point checklist by scientist Ian Foster (PDF).

The open-source software client for VC, called BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), can be downloaded for various computer platforms.

VC has also been discussed as a tool to carry out research on environmental phenomena and disaster prevention.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 10:30:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Optical Expo is a Light Reading event 2-3 October in Dallas.

Under the session heading The Drive to 100-GigE, Steve Trowbridge, Vice Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 15, will provide the latest updates on ITU standardization efforts as the industry moves to 40 Gbit/s and ultimately 100-GigE.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 4:59:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 20, 2007

ITU hosted a Workshop on Multimedia in Next Generation Networks (NGN), 10-11 September 2007, to discuss future multimedia services and applications. Among many presentations, Peer-to-peer (P2P) telecom solutions, by Ning Zong, research engineer at Huawei Technologies (China), considered the use P2P technology in the field of person-to-person communications.

It is only recently with the increased popularity of video sharing that P2P traffic has lost premier position in Internet use statistics to HTTP – web – traffic. Traffic generated by P2P applications now accounts for 37 per cent of Internet traffic.

Perhaps best known as the technology which enabled music file sharing, P2P technology can also enable applications such as video or voice over IP. The technology is deployed by Skype, which claims some 198 million registered users worldwide.

In contrast to the traditional centralized client-server approach, which requires a high level of investment in servers and bandwidth, P2P networks exploit connectivity between the individual participants of a network. Users (peers) virtually deploy their own network, and this can assist with scalability and roll out in developing countries.

One example of an application that exploits the potential of P2P to establish so-called ad hoc networks includes the One Laptop Per Child initiative which was launched during the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society in November 2005. Another example comes from the Swedish company TerraNet, which has the vision of using real-time P2P technology to provide mobile communication without a regular mobile network by modifying users’ handsets to become base station antennae. TerraNet has launched field tests in Tanzania and Ecuador This model of deployment could represent an important advantage of P2P enabled VoIP over mobiles – especially in developing countries, where cost savings are a major drive for deploying NGN.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:39:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Meeting of Study Group 6 - Outside Plant and related indoor installations

Geneva 19 - 23 November 2007

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007 4:38:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 07, 2007

Standards produced by ITU — ITU-T Recommendations — are now available without charge. The announcement follows a highly successful trial conducted from January−October 2007, during which some two million ITU-T Recommendations were downloaded throughout the world.

The experiment’s aim was to “increase the visibility and easy availability of the output of ITU-T”. Offering standards for free is a significant step for the standards community as well as the wider information and communication technologies (ICT) industry. Now, anyone with Internet access will be able to download one of over 3000 ITU-T Recommendations that underpin most of the world’s ICT. The move further demonstrates ITU’s commitment to bridging the digital divide by extending the results of its work to the global community.

Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) Malcolm Johnson, presenting the results of the trial to the 2007 meeting of ITU’s Council, said that not only had the experiment been a success in raising awareness of ITU-T, it would also attract new members. Most importantly, he noted, it had helped efforts to bridge the “standardization gap” between countries with resources to pursue standardization issues and those without. “There has been very positive feedback from developing countries,” said Johnson. “Last year exactly 500 ITU-T Recommendations had been sold to developing countries; this year, after allowing free access, they have downloaded some 300 000.”

ITU-T Recommendations are developed in a unique contribution-driven and consensus-based environment by industry and government members, with industry providing the most significant input. A strong focus of current standards work is providing the foundations for the so-called next-generation network (NGN). Other key areas include IPTV, ICT in vehicles, cybersecurity, quality of service, multimedia, emergency communications and standards for access, such as VDSL 2 — very high speed digital subscriber line 2, the newest and most advanced standard of DSL broadband wireline communications.

Friday, September 07, 2007 8:40:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will host the results of an interoperability demonstration at ECOC 2007, Berlin, Germany. The event will show how a suite of ITU-T standards enable on-demand Ethernet services.

Seven global telecommunication carriers taking part will provide test facilities, engineering staff and network connectivity.

The demonstration will highlight dynamic Ethernet services over multiple, control plane-enabled intelligent optical core networks, including:
- Ethernet Private Line service
- Non-disruptive bandwidth modification
- Graceful recovery from control plane or signaling network failures

See the OIF’s press release.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 8:39:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A prize fund totaling $10,000 has been kindly donated by Cisco to be awarded to the three best papers submitted to the upcoming Innovations in Next Generation Networks event to be held in May 2008.

The fund is announced in a third call for papers which has been issued to attract contributions towards a kaleidoscopic view of communication habits for the future.

The call for papers has also been updated to announce the availability of an online submission tool.

Cisco’s prize fund will be split into three: First prize, $5,000, second $3,000 and third $2,000. Innovations in Next Generation Networks is organized by ITU-T with IEEE Communications Society as Technical Co-Sponsor.

Those wanting to submit papers are asked to consider questions such as what services will emerge in NGN, how NGN will affect the marketplace for ICT, and how society will be affected. The event is the first in a series, under the banner “Kaleidoscope Conferences”. The events will increase the dialogue between academia and experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT).

Deadline for the call for papers is 15 October 2007.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:28:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 27, 2007

IEEE Communications Society has been announced as Technical Co-Sponsor of the International Telecommunication Union’s upcoming Innovations in Next Generation Networks event to be held in Geneva, Switzerland May 2008. The partnership means that IEEE Communications Society will encourage members to respond to a call for papers issued by ITU.

The call for papers is to inspire contributions towards a kaleidoscopic view of communication habits for the future. We know what NGN is in terms of the underlying technology, but we don’t know what services will emerge, how NGN will affect the marketplace for ICT, and how society will be affected. Innovations in NGN is the first in a series of events, under the banner “Kaleidoscope Conferences”, that aims at increasing the dialogue between academia and experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT).

By viewing technologies through a kaleidoscope, these forward looking conferences will also seek to identify new topics for standardization. Innovations in NGN will bring together visionary ideas on the future of NGN. It will highlight technologies, services and applications five years and beyond that will capitalize on the NGN infrastructure and lead to the ubiquitous network society in which information can be accessed anywhere and anytime by anyone and anything. The event will also cover multidisciplinary aspects related to the deployment of NGN, including analysis of regulatory and societal challenges.

Monday, August 27, 2007 4:35:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The latest version of Adobe Systems' popular Flash Player technology will support the ITU-T H.264 codec video compression standard now available in Blu-ray systems, HD-DVD players, and TV set-top boxes. See story InfoWorld story here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:37:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 9 - - Integrated broadband cable networks and television and sound transmission

Louisville, Colorado, USA, 29 October - 2 November 2007

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007 11:31:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 26, 2007

Working Parties 1/5 and 2/5 Meeting - Protection against electromagnetic environment effects

Geneva, 19-23 November 2007

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Thursday, July 26, 2007 3:25:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 


Meeting of Study Group 12 - Performance and quality of service

Geneva, 2-11 October 2007

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Thursday, July 26, 2007 3:23:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 19, 2007

ITU-T’s multimedia Study Group 16 met in Geneva, July, with over twenty standards entering the final stage of ITU-T’s approval process. The ITU secretariat says that the meeting saw record numbers of participants and contributions. Work on the use of tag-based identification (including RFID) for multimedia in particular saw great interest and progress.


Key achievements of the meeting include the setting up of new Questions – ITU-T’s term for work area - to advance work on the third generation multimedia system that will replace the currently used H.323 and SIP multimedia protocols and a second Question on multimedia application platforms and end systems for IPTV. See separate stories – Third gen multimedia system work accelerates and Question on multimedia application platforms and end systems for IPTV.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 3:45:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new Question – ITU-T’s term for work area - to advance work on the third generation multimedia system that will eventually replace the currently used H.323 will start work pending formal approval at the next meeting of Study Group 16.

H.323 is the ITU standard for interoperability in audio, video and data transmissions over IP. It is the most widely used voice over IP (VoIP) communication protocol worldwide. It is estimated that systems using H.323 carry billions of voice minutes each month. The rollout of the next generation network (NGN) will bring with it in a new era of multimedia communications and with it the need for a new protocol.

In the mid-1990s, the ITU began work on H.323, which quickly became the dominant protocol for LAN-based videoconferencing, as well as a protocol used for transporting voice calls around the world. H.323 was developed in parallel with the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and was effective in facilitating a migration from circuit-switched networks to packet-switched networks. Sharing similar capabilities and similar design philosophies and being produced in the same time period, H.323 and SIP are classified as second generation systems.

Now, more than 11 years since the introduction of second generation systems, ITU-T SG 16 is again looking toward the future of multimedia systems as the ITU-T also undertakes a study to introduce the next generation network (NGN). The NGN holds the promise of revolutionizing communication as we know it and multimedia will be an important part of any new network technology.

Work on the third generation multimedia system will entail the creation of multiple new ITU-T Recommendations that will specify system architecture, system components, and one or more protocols at the service and application layer. The primary objective is to deliver a new advanced multimedia system that operates on NGN, taking advantage of its features, and will also operate on non-NGN packet-switched networks.

This Question will examine technologies such as various IP technologies, wireless technologies, and distributed computing capabilities in order to realize a system that will enable users to communicate using, as examples, voice and audio, video, electronic whiteboard, application sharing, real-time text, and file transfer across one or more communicating devices (e.g. smart phones, TV set-top boxes, game consoles, handheld game/entertainment machines, digital cameras and Internet “appliances”).

Unlike previous generation systems, this new system will enable independent application developers to create system components that are able to seamlessly interface with the system in order to deliver any one or more of the aforementioned modes of communication. There is a strong desire to move away from the “monolithic applications” that were distinctive of second generation systems, to a system that enables components to “plug in” to the system, either locally or remotely using various wired or wireless technologies, to deliver an enhanced user experience. To meet that objective, this Question will study the various interfaces between these components and the technologies that might be used to tie them together.

The study includes among other subjects:

• Downloadable codecs

• System decomposition

• Discovery of services

• Support for transcoding functionality (e.g. text to speech)

• Dynamic device discovery

• Application plug in

• Consideration of various business models

• Integrated QoS, security and mobility functionality

Experts have set deadlines for the Identification of Requirements - Q1/2008, and basic architecture - Q1/2009.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 3:41:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new Question – ITU-T’s term for work area – on multimedia application platforms and end systems for IPTV will start work pending formal approval at the next meeting of Study Group 16.

Experts say that with the surge of multimedia services such as video streaming and the desire to offer IPTV services, the market is in serious need of standardized interoperable solutions, especially at the multimedia applications layer. Interoperability will provide benefit for all the players in the value-chain, especially at the multimedia applications layer, and encourage growth of this market.

This Question is intended to produce deliverables related to study IPTV platforms, including, but not restricted to middleware, applications, content formats and their uses, which will facilitate effective and interoperable use of the IPTV systems. The Question will be the recipient of a number of documents from the IPTV Focus Group and it will assimilate these into its work program with the intention of generating a number of standards (ITU-T Recommendations).

Thursday, July 19, 2007 3:35:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 12, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 3 - Tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues

Geneva, 2 - 9 October, 2007

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Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:37:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 10, 2007

At the June 2007 meeting of ITU-T SG15, a Recommendation that helps to future proof gigabit capable passive optical networks (G-PON) was consented.

The Recommendation, G.984.5, defines wavelength ranges which are reserved for additional service signals to be overlaid via wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) in future gigabit capable passive optical networks (G-PON). The Recommendation also specifies the wavelength blocking filters to be implemented in optical network terminations (ONT). These filters, together with the use of the specified wavelength ranges, will enable network operators to upgrade G-PON systems without a break in service to their customers.’

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 3:50:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 09, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 17 - Security, languages and telecommunication software

Geneva, 19 - 28 September 2007

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Monday, July 09, 2007 3:39:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 02, 2007

A second standard in a new group of Recommendations from ITU-T's Study Group 15 extends the distance at which multi-vendor DWDM systems can be deployed from 80 to four or five hundred kilometres.

The first standard in the series gave network operators the ability to deploy multi-vendor dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems in a metro environment. The new Recommendation extends this to cover regional environments by taking into account the use of optical amplifiers and their potential to create 'optical noise'.

WDM technology is used by the owners of optical fibres to maximise their capacity. The technology achieves this by simultaneously operating an optical fibre pair at more than one wavelength and uses optical amplification to increase transmission distances as well as optical add/drop multiplexers to increase the flexibility of the network. Since operators wish to maximize their cable plant investments and deploy increasingly bandwidth hungry services in a multi-vendor environment, standards development in this field is seen as crucial.

The Recommendation defines values for single-channel optical interface parameters of physical point-to-point and ring DWDM applications on single-mode optical fibres through the use of the "black-link" approach. The black-links covered by this follow-on Recommendation may contain optical amplifiers.

The transport network of most operators is based on the use of equipment from a variety of different vendors. Previously, for those parts of the network involving DWDM optical transmission, this has been achieved via the use of optical transponders which convert the single channel interfaces like those defined in ITU-T Recs G.957 G.691, G.693, G.959.1 into DWDM wavelengths suitable for the particular vendor’s proprietary system. With the optical interfaces standardized in new G.698.2 operators can directly connect a wide variety of equipment to the DWDM line system without the need for those additional short reach transmitter and receiver pair per channel (eliminating the transponders) with obvious associated cost savings.

Monday, July 02, 2007 8:36:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 28, 2007
Meetings of Study Group 2 - Operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance

Geneva, 30 October - 8 November 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:48:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Meetings of Study Group 4 - Telecommunication management

Geneva, 28 August - 7 September 2007

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:00:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Meetings of Study Group 19 - Mobile telecommunication networks

Geneva, 21 September 2007 (afternoon)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:31:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 18, 2007

Another step towards all optical networks (AON) has been achieved with the consent of the new Recommendation G.680 by ITU-T's Study Group 15.

The Recommendation will allow operators to take optical add/drop multiplexers (OADMs) and photonic cross-connects (PXCs) from different vendors and integrate them in to an all optical network without having to add expensive optical/electrical/optical conversion (O/E/Os).

This achievement is made possible as the Rec gives operators a way to evaluate the end-to-end quality of a signal where photonic cross-connects (PXC) and optical add/drop multiplexers (OADMs) are deployed. In addition, experts say that the evolution towards an AON could significantly reduce costs for operators by reducing the need for costly optical/electrical/electrical (O/E/O) conversion. As optical transport networks (OTN) evolve, the number of - expensive - O/E/O conversions within their boundaries is coming down.

The two main reasons for the reduction in the number of O/E/O conversions are that DWDM systems are becoming capable of carrying light signals for thousands of kilometers without electrical regeneration and that PXCs and OADMs are becoming available with the capacity, space requirements, power consumption, reliability and cost, suitable for their use in the telecommunication networks. With this evolution experts predict that AONs could extend to all potential routes of the backbone network of a medium size country - optical paths up to around 2,000 km.

The Recommendation defines a "degradation function" of optical network elements (ONEs) such as photonic cross connects (PXCs), optical add-drop multiplexers (OADMs), etc. making up an optical network. It enables the degradation of the signal quality in an all-optical network consisting of ONEs including DWDM line segments to be assessed.

Monday, June 18, 2007 9:14:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

An upgrade to a widely used specification for fibre optic cables will allow the simpler deployment of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) in FTTH applications up to 500 m link distance. The original Recommendation ITU-T Rec G.651 provided specifications for multimode fibre which is currently widely deployed for data communications, but not for telecoms.

The work was initiated given two observations; the cost disparity between telecom and data networks, where high speed GbE telecom equipment is often far more expensive than datacom equipment; and the economics of rolling out FTTH into multi-tenant (apartment) buildings where there is a high subscriber density. Ethernet is increasingly seen as an end-to-end technology.

Similar to recently published Rec G.657 on single mode fibre, Recommendation G.651.1 allows for increased cable flexibility. This increased flexibility in a fibre optic cable means that operators can follow tighter corners in buildings and can worry less if cables / fibres are laid with a sharp bend. This all makes installation work more engineer friendly leading also to less re-work. Moreover the closures for fibres can be half the size, important where space is at a premium especially in multi-tenant buildings.

G.651.1 retains many of the key characteristics of its well known predecessor. However manufacturing tolerances and transmission characteristics have been improved significantly. In addition, it has been harmonized fully with relevant IEC standards.

Monday, June 18, 2007 9:10:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Working Party 1, 2, 3, and 4/13 Meetings of Study Group 13 - Next Generation Networks

Geneva, 21 September 2007 (afternoon)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007 5:26:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 11, 2007

Study Group 13 the lead for NGN in ITU met in April reached final ‘approval’ stage on two Recommendations and consented a number of others, as well as starting discussions on some new work areas. SG13 met concurrently with SGs 19 and 11 as part of the NGN Global Standards Initiative (NGN GSI).

Among inputs to a special ‘futures’ brainstorming session at the meeting were proposals on Mobile IPTV standardization and a “Future Vision beyond NGN”. Mobile IPTV is described as IPTV to mobile and wireless networks. There was discussion on a possible standard that would be neutral in terms of the wireless technology and would cover architecture for NGN, authentication for user mobility and seamless connectivity for mobility, security, and signaling for scalable delivery of content.

The paper “Future Vision beyond NGN” proposed that the future beyond NGN is next generation ubiquitous networking. Study areas for ITU-T and particularly Study Group 13 could be media, identity and so-called ABC (for accounting, billing and charging) processing; open service environment, service and transport control; extending QoS capabilities for bandwidth, security, mobility, personalization and media; supporting a variety of NGN applications including fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), networked IDs, ubiquitous sensor networks (USN), home networking, IPTV etc. The paper also proposed that this work should be more closely linked with protocol development.

Another important document given the first stage approval known as consent defines the service requirements, service features, service architecture, and implementation scenarios of IMS based real-time conversational multimedia services. These include PSTN/ISDN simulation services. When these real-time conversational multimedia services are provided by using an IMS-based service environment, the implementations will use SIP protocol between the Service Support Functions and the Service Control Functions [ITU-T Y.2012] [ITU-T Y.2021]. IMS based NGNs which meet these service requirements will be capable of supporting real-time conversational multimedia services with new service features as well as allowing for new implementation scenarios.

Also consented were documents charting OAM requirements for T-MPLS based networks and QoS control architecture for Ethernet-based IP access networks.

Study Group 19 meeting at the same time consented a document outlining the general requirements for fixed-mobile convergence – a key application in NGN.

Monday, June 11, 2007 5:38:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 07, 2007
Press release here.

Thursday, June 07, 2007 10:42:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 04, 2007

ITU-T is establishing an ''Expert Group'' which will review the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). 

The ITRs are an international treaty whose purpose is to promote the development of telecommunication services and their most efficient operation while harmonizing the development of facilities for worldwide telecommunications.

The ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) was requested by the Plenipotentiary Conference of 2006 to start the review process of the ITRs, which was last updated in 1988. The review is considered appropriate in light of the changing ICT environment characterized by convergence of telecoms, IT, broadcast as well as other industry sectors and also the liberalization of telecoms markets.

The Expert Group will examine the existing ITRs. The output of the ITU-T review will feed into a World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) scheduled for 2012. A different process, the World Telecommunication Policy Form (WTPF), will consider emerging telecommunications policy and regulatory issues with respect to international telecommunication networks and services.

The first meeting of the Expert Group will be held in Geneva, 10-11 October 2007. Information relating to the expert group will be available on the ITU-T website here . Information on the WTPF is available on the ITU-T website here.

Monday, June 04, 2007 2:52:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 31, 2007

ITU-T has issued a call for papers for an event - Innovations in Next Generation Networks - to be held in Geneva, 12-13 May 2008. The event is the first in a series that will increase the dialogue between academia and experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT). Awards will be granted to selected best papers, as judged by the organizing and programme committee. Details will be announced later.

Innovations in NGN is to inspire contributions towards a kaleidoscopic view of communication habits for the future. We know what NGN is in terms of the underlying technology, but we don’t know what services will emerge, how NGN will affect the marketplace for ICT, and how society will be affected. The call for papers lists a number of suggested topics.

Innovations in NGN will bring together new and visionary ideas on the future of NGN. It will highlight technologies, services and applications five years from now that will capitalize on the NGN infrastructure and will lead us to the so-called ubiquitous network society in which information can be accessed anywhere, at anytime, by anyone and anything. The event will also cover multidisciplinary aspects related to the deployment of NGN, including analysis of the regulatory and societal challenges that the deployment of NGN will bring.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:45:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Recognizing that satellite systems could be an important part of emerging Next Generation Networks (NGN), an ITU-T Workshop entitled “Satellites in the NGN?” will take place 13 July 2007 in Montreal, Canada. Following the workshop, the third meeting of the Intersector Coordination Group on Satellite Matters (ICG SAT) will take place.

The objectives of the workshop, hosted by ATIS, include examination of the role of satellite systems in NGN, and development of a perspective on current and future NGN standards. Participation is open to all interested parties.

Sessions will give an overview of NGN, examine QoS and QoE (E for experience), IPTV and mobility support, network management and requirements for disaster relief.

The role of the ICG SAT is to monitor and coordinate the work programmes of the relevant Study Groups in ITU-R and ITU-T in relation to the use of satellites. It aims also to draw the attention of the relevant Study Groups to emerging technologies and perform gap analysis to identify new work areas.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 1:57:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The group that looks at outside plant and related indoor installations in ITU-T, Study Group 6, met in Geneva during May. Five new standards (ITU-T Recommendations) will be published as a result. Delegates also looked into a possible restructuring of the group that can be presented to ITU-T's quadrennial World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) to take place in the last quarter of 2008.

In addition, the meeting saw the presentation of the first draft of a guide for developing countries on how to implement its standards. The guide, drawing on the work of the world's key experts in the field, will become an invaluable resource for service providers in developing and, in particular least developed countries. Completion of the first edition is expected for November this year.

As well as the traditional technical discussions within the working groups, a technical tutorial session was held on fibre to the home (FTTH) experiences in China, Spain, US, and Italy. Experts say that this is important for delegates to SG 6 given the fact that FTTH deployments will mean more sophisticated equipment needs to be provisioned outside the central office. A common observation was that the right solutions, in particular for the implementation of the optical fibre infrastructure, need to be cost effective not only in themselves, but in a global view, taking into account the entire product lifecycle, including installation and, above all, maintenance issues.

One new Recommendation reached the final stage of ITU-T approval. ITU-T's L-series Recommendations have long been a reference for owners of optical fibres. The new ITU-T Rec. L.66 gives maintenance criteria for in-service optical cable testing in the outside plant without disrupting normal network operation.

Two Recommendations achieving the first stage of approval - known as Consent - detail safety in high-power optical cables and protection of active electronics in outside plant. Also new in a series of Recommendations for the management of network elements in the outside plant is a document detailing the requirements for personal digital assistants (PDAs) as tools for inventory management. Finally, the Recommendation that defines the marking of optical cables used in shallow water , known as marinized terrestrial cables, has been brought up-to-date given the today's more widespread deployment of fibre.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:57:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

PP-06 Decisions on review of the International Telecommunication Regulations and subsequent actions

The ITU Antalya Plenipotentiary Conference, after considering a number of input documents from Member States, adopted Resolution 146, which resolved that a review of the International Telecommunication Regulations should be carried out.

It resolved that ITU-T should carry out a review of the ITRs, engaging with the other Sectors as may be required, with ITU-T as the focal point, and that the fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) should consider emerging telecommunications policy and regulatory issues, with respect to international telecommunication networks and services, for the purpose of understanding them and possibly developing opinions as appropriate.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007 8:43:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 28, 2007
Fifth meeting of the Focus Group on IPTV (FG IPTV)
Geneva, 23-31 July 2007

See TSB Circular 147 for more information

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Monday, May 28, 2007 4:43:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 24, 2007
Third Meeting of the Focus Group "From/In/To Cars Communication"

ITU Headquarters, Geneva

25 June 2007 (in advance of SG 16 meeting)

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 1:40:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Working Party 2/11, Working Party 3/11 Meetings of Study Group 11 - Signalling requirements and protocols

Geneva, 21 September 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 8/11 for more information.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 1:31:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 18, 2007

NXTComm, June 18-21, Chicago will see ITU-T members, and guests stage an interoperability showcase for fibre to the premises (FTTP) related standards.

ITU, together with Telcordia, have collaborated to organize a multi-company interoperability demonstration featuring gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) equipment built according to the ITU-T G.984 Recommendation. PON technology is used in the local loop environment to cost effectively connect residential and Small and medium enterprises (SME) end users premises in an all-fibre network.

The G-PON Pavilion features live demonstrations of G-PON equipment interoperability; with interoperability being a critical enabler to reducing G-PON equipment costs. Triple-play interoperability demonstrations are provided by the following device and equipment manufactures: Alphion, Cambridge Industries Group, Hitachi, Huawei, iamba Networks, LS Cable, PMC-Sierra, Tellabs, Terawave Communications, TXP Corporation, XAVi Technologies, ZTE Corporation. Corning is providing the optical distribution network components over which the 2488 Mbps/1244 Mbps (downstream/upstream) G-PON systems will be operating.

With PONs, signals are carried by lasers and sent to their destination without the need for active electronics in the outside plant of the telecommunications network. Carriers can realize significant savings with fiber sharing in the local loop, equipment sharing in the Central Office and by eliminating the dependence on expensive active network elements.

ITU-T Recommendations in the G.984 series detail gigabit PONs (G-PON), the latest generation of PON technology. Increasing capacity to gigabit levels should more than satisfy foreseeable customer demands, offering video applications, high-speed Internet access, multimedia and other high-bandwidth capabilities. G-PON maintains the same optical distribution network, wavelength plan and full-service network design principles of broadband PONs (B-PON) defined in ITU-T Rec G.983. As well as allowing for increased network capacity, the new standard offers more efficient IP and Ethernet handling.

Friday, May 18, 2007 3:18:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ITU and the IEEE will hold a workshop on carrier-class Ethernet, 31 May - 1 June.Much work has been done in both organisations to progress Ethernet, developed as an enterprise technology, into a carrier service. The event will focus on opportunities for further collaboration. Long-recognized as the ubiquitous LAN technology, Ethernet is now seeing increased attention as a carrier-grade service. In part this is due to the convenience of being able to simply provide end-to-end service, but also carriers can realize savings both in terms of capital and operational expenditure.

Ethernet services are becoming popular because they allow carriers to offer considerably improved flexibility to customers through a much simpler and lower cost interface. Ethernet allows users to specify exactly how much bandwidth they want between the 10Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s range currently offered. Further, Ethernet provides reduced operation complexity and improved scalability for carriers. And as operators look to NGN and the use of the Internet Protocol (IP), Ethernet is seen as the best fit, especially given the rise of such services as IP VPNs, VLANs and dedicated Internet access.

The event will start with an overview of the standards work from ITU-T and IEEE and will then drill down into detail with sessions focusing on: Ethernet based and Ethernet capable access networks; Ethernet network transport; Ethernet Bridging architecture; Ethernet OAM and management; Ethernet QoS, timing and synchronization. A closing session will bring together reports from all of the session chairs in order to identify the direction of future work.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:05:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 14, 2007

Following up on advice from ITU-T Study Group 2 (see previous story), the Director of TSB has assigned E.164 country code 888 to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for the purpose of facilitating the provision of an international system of naming and addressing for terminals involved in disaster relief activities in an area of a country that has been cut off from the national telecommunications system of that country.

This separate, alternate naming and addressing system will continue in operation until such time as normal telecommunications can be restored and the disaster location is once more part of the national telecommunications infrastructure. The use of any numbering resource will therefore be relatively short lived and the resource may be re-used at a later date for another location.

Subsequent digits of the codes (for example, identification codes under the E.164 code) will be allocated and administered by OCHA.

The numbering resources are assigned solely for the use of UN emergency responders and not for other purposes. The commercial aspects of the use of the numbering resource will be negotiated between OCHA and the appropriate operators and service providers. In addition, the Mobile Network Code (MNC) 88 under the E.212 shared Mobile Country Code 901 has been assigned to OCHA for the same purposes.

Monday, May 14, 2007 2:38:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 04, 2007

Study Group 11 meeting in Geneva, end April has consented three important documents charting protocols for quality of service (QoS) in NGN. The protocols will ensure interoperability between network elements and systems as well as giving service providers the ability to specify rules for specific communication types.

The announcement marks a significant step forward for ITU-T’s NGN work. Protocol development is seen as the final stage of standards development following identification of the requirements, architecture, services etc. The Recommendations are a crucial part of the NGN standards package and a concrete realization of the functional architecture defined in ITU-T Rec. Y.2111 - Resource and admission control functions in Next Generation Networks.

The protocols agreed at the April meeting will guarantee that when a service request is made QoS needs are transmitted, ensuring that each network element provisions the correct level of bandwith and resources to ensure the class of QoS for that particular application. So – for example – more bandwidth can be allocated and guaranteed for IPTV than for voice.

The three ITU-T Recommendations include the specification of the physical entities involved in resource control signalling, the interfaces across which signalling takes place, and the mapping between these entities and interfaces and the corresponding functional entities and reference points in ITU-T Rec. Y.2111. An Appendix provides a further mapping between the interfaces and the protocol specifications which realize those interfaces.

The Recommendations refer to signalling used in different geographical parts of the world: ITU-T Recommendation H.248/Megaco used in for example Japan, COPS used for example in China and Diameter which is used in North America.

Another three protocols in the field of resource control were consented by Study Group 11 earlier in the year.

Friday, May 04, 2007 9:06:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 9 - Integrated broadband cable networks and television and sound transmission

Singapore, 14-20 June 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 5/9 and Addendum 1 to TSB Collective-letter 5/9 for more information.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007 8:17:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 30, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 16 - Multimedia terminals, systems and applications

Geneva, 26 June – 6 July 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 7/16 for more information.

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Monday, April 30, 2007 1:25:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A Seminar on Standardization and Development of Next-Generation Networks for the Arab Region, will take place in Manama, Bahrain from 29 April to 2 May (morning) 2007.

Hosted by the Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO), the event is organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and the Standardization Bureau (TSB) of ITU.

The seminar will be followed by a Workshop on NGN Interconnection from 2 to 3 May 2007. The objectives of the seminar are two fold: first, to discuss the current trends, status and future evolution of NGN technology and standardization. Second, NGN regulatory and policy issues which will allow developing countries to exploit its full potential will be discussed.

The objective of the interconnection workshop is to look at the challenges for regulatory and policy frameworks associated with the deployment of NGN in the region. It will focus, in particular, on what kinds of interconnection arrangements make sense in an NGN world.

Monday, April 30, 2007 8:50:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 20, 2007

A call for papers has been issued for the 10th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium (APNOMS 2007).


The event will be held in Sapporo, Japan from October 10 to 12, 2007 with the theme “Managing Next Generation Networks and Services.”

From the call for papers: “Recently, various convergences in wired and wireless networks, and convergence of telecommunications and broadcastings are taking place for ubiquitous multimedia service provisioning. For example, broadband IP/MPLS wired networks are actively converged with IEEE 802.11e wireless LAN, IEEE 802.16 Wireless MAN, 3G/4G wireless cellular networks, and direct multimedia broadcast (DMB) network. For efficient support of service provisioning for ubiquitous multimedia services on the broadband convergence networks, well-designed and implemented network operations and management functions with QoS-guaranteed traffic engineering are essential.”

“In APNOMS 2007, the topics of interest include, but not limited to, network & service management for broadband convergence networks, business operations & management, service-oriented managements (e.g., SLA/SLS, security, billing), management architecture and technologies, various experiences, and recent standardization activities.”

Friday, April 20, 2007 1:35:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Next meeting of Study Group 2 - Operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance

Geneva, 27 - 31 August 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 5/2 for more information.

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Friday, April 20, 2007 8:47:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 18, 2007

ITU-T will hold a Workshop on Multimedia in NGN, Geneva, 10-11 September.

Multimedia applications and services are migrating towards a single converged user-centric communications network. The “internet of things” represents one of the key challenges for NGN standardization.

This migration, or evolution, has been recognized in ITU-T and a number of initiatives have started for the development of global standards in specific areas like IPTV, GRID, networked aspects of identification (including RFID aspects), sensor networks and more.

An aim of the NGN is to provide the necessary service capabilities to support present and future multimedia applications and services.

This workshop will contribute to the NGN vision of supporting future multimedia services and applications, and will facilitate experience and knowledge sharing between the NGN community, multimedia service and application experts. The various sessions will identify future developments at the service and application level and their impact on NGN capabilities.

The workshop will investigate future trends driven by technology and business needs in the area of multimedia services and applications, including those resulting from fixed-mobile-broadcast convergence.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:58:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 12, 2007

Analysis that aims to narrow the difference between fixed and mobile call termination charges will have to go deeper, say delegates to the recent Study Group 3 meeting. Following a more in-depth analysis of the results of two questionnaires issued by SG 3 and answers to some new questions posed to operators worldwide they should be able identify charges that are too high, and negotiate better rates that will in the long term benefit customers and operators alike.


Initial analysis shows that while call termination charges are significantly higher for mobile than for fixed line telephony, they are dropping. There seems to have been a particularly marked decrease in Europe where at the time of the first questionnaire, reflecting the situation 1 January 2006, charges were as much as ten times higher for mobile termination. The second questionnaire, reflecting the situation 1 January 2007, showed charges reduced to three times higher than fixed. However since the respondent groups to the two surveys were not exactly the same the results have not been formally adopted by the Study Group.

In order to get a better picture, it will be necessary, say experts, to understand more on the conditions of the service being offered, for example teledensity (that’s the number of telephones per 100 individuals), the type of technology used and whether or not the market is fully competitive. For this reason a third questionnaire will be issued covering the same period as the second.

Termination charges occur when calls are terminated in a network other than that from which they have originated. The goal of the analysis is to develop target rates that can give guidelines to operators. Given target rates it will be easier in areas where there is a big difference between fixed and mobile termination charges to negotiate better rates.

A similar exercise was undertaken for fixed line termination charges in the nineties and resulted in reduced charges.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 3:28:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 05, 2007

Two vice chairs of ITU-T’s IPTV Focus Group will guest edit an upcoming issue of IEEE Communications Magazine. Chae-Sub Lee, of ETRI, Korea and Simon Jones, of BT, UK will edit the issue for publication February 2008.

A call for papers has been issued on the broad topic IPTV Systems, Standards and Architectures. Papers are solicited on topics including IPTV standards progress, architecture for IPTV systems, deployment challenges, performance considerations, content management and security. Articles should be tutorial in nature, further guidelines can be found here.

Thursday, April 05, 2007 1:46:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 02, 2007

Meeting of Study Group 15 - Optical and other transport network infrastructures

Geneva, 4-15 June 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 4/15 for more information.

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Monday, April 02, 2007 3:18:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Reinhard Scholl, Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU will speak at a seminar titled Global Standards and Developing Economies: Broadband Access and Infrastructure 9-10 May, Tunis, Tunisia.

The event hosted by the IEEE-Standards Association (SA) in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Communication Technologies will bring together leaders from industry, government and international standards organizations to share their insights on how local entities can participate in and optimize global standards and best practices to help close the digital divide.

An in-depth introduction to international standards activities and highlighting of the scope of the IEEE and its relationships with ITU and other standards bodies will be given. Through interactive presentations, the seminar will provide an overview of the issues being faced by today’s policy makers and industry leaders and provide real world examples of how standards are making a difference in emerging economies.

In addition to discussion of broadband access and infrastructure standards via presentations and case studies, challenges and opportunities for developing countries regarding intellectual property rights (IPR) and standardization will also be addressed. For further information see here, or call the IEEE-SA Corporate Standards Office at +1 732 562 5342; E-mail cag-conference@ieee.org.

Monday, April 02, 2007 1:56:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 19, 2007
Study Group 4 has consented a set of Recommendations on data definitions for terminal users of operational support systems. These definitions will allow operators to communicate more efficiently on operational matters, such as service orders and orders about network routing arrangements.

According to developers of the Global Telecommunications Data Dictionary (GTDD) (ITU-T Recommendations M.1401-10), the data definitions use an approach that is different from current conceptual approaches to define data communication interfaces. The GTDD approach will be more intuitive for end-users, in this case the operations staff in telcos.

The data definitions given in the GTDD may be used to develop XML schemas for exchange of data about telecoms networks and services between network operators. The GTDD defines data for end user interfaces and supports data communication to/from management applications.

Experts said that much of the data needed by NGN is defined not only for management but also for the execution of services. Definition of service management is critical for NGN, because it deals with interfaces that will be used by service platforms like IMS. Another use for GTDD is inventory management experts said.
Monday, March 19, 2007 12:23:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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Monday, March 19, 2007 10:56:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The first meeting of the Regional Group of Study Group 2 in the Arab region will take place 26th March 2007, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The objective of the Regional Group is to facilitate the involvement of developing countries (DC) in SG2 standardization activities, reflection of DC needs and requirements in SG2 questions, promote the implementation of SG2 Recommendations, and increase awareness of DC with SG2 standardization areas.

Study Group 2 is the Lead Study Group on Service definition, Numbering and Routing.

Among the methodologies to achieve these goals are: Convening regional meetings, use of electronic means and collaboration of experts from the developed countries - as flagship Ggroup leaders - with DC experts.

An e-Forum is now active for discussions and questions about NNA (naming, numbering and addressing) issues. Post your questions to the forum on the here.

Regional Group of Study Group 2 in the ARAB Region Home 

Monday, March 19, 2007 10:53:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 15, 2007

Objectives:
The SG2 RG - ARB was established by Study Group 2 at its 3-11 May 2006 meeting. The objective of the Regional Group is to facilitate the involvement of Developing Countries (DC) in SG2 standardization activities, reflection of DC needs and requirements in SG2 questions, promote the implementation of SG2 recommendations, and increase awareness of DC with SG2 standardization areas.

Among the methodologies to achieve these goals are: Convening regional meetings, Use of electronic means and Collaboration of experts from the developed countries - as Flagship Group leaders - with DC experts.
Recent Activities:
  • First Regional Group Meeting
    26th March 2007
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

  • NNA (Naming, Numbering and Addressing): An e-Forum is now active for discussions and questions about NNA issues. Post your questions to the forum on the following link.


Regional Group of Study Group 2 in the ARAB Region Home
Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:36:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 12, 2007

Next meeting of Study Group 5 - Protection against electromagnetic environment effects

Beijing, China, 14 - 18 May 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 5/5 for more information.

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Monday, March 12, 2007 4:45:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Next meeting of Study Group 6 - Outside Plant and related indoor installations

Geneva, 14 - 18 May 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 4/6 for more information.

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Monday, March 12, 2007 4:39:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 09, 2007

The Fully Networked Car workshop held during the Geneva Motor Show has closed today, Friday 9 March, with participants and speakers declaring the event a great success. 191 people participated in the event according to the organizers. 

Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, underlined his commitment to working with other standards bodies at the opening of the recent Fully Networked Car event in Geneva. "We are now placing great emphasis on bringing together the various standards bodies to avoid duplication of effort and to address convergence in areas such as the one addressed in this workshop,” he said. “That is why I am so pleased to have had the cooperation of ISO and IEC in the organization of this workshop."

The workshop (accompanied by an exhibition on 6-10 March) was the latest initiative organized by the three partner organizations of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC): IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), and ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden remarked: “Following the previous workshops that we have organized with IEC and ITU on health technologies and the digital home, this workshop on the fully networked car is another example of the initiatives we have taken in the area of converging technologies."

The workshop addressed the market for information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles, which represents an ever-increasing share of innovation and added value in the automotive sector. The “fully networked car", taking full advantage of ICT for vehicles and road transport systems, is expected to offer a range of benefits including improved safety, reduced traffic congestion and pollution, and a smoother driving experience.

The WSC event provided a forum for the key specialists in the field, from top decision makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. It helped to identify how and which standards can speed the development of the fully networked car and its introduction into the market.

Participants at the Fully Networked Car Event.

Friday, March 09, 2007 5:14:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Simon Jones, Vice Chairman of ITU-T's Focus Group on IPTV will present The importance of ITU-T’s activities in IPTV Standardization at the IPTV World Forum, 5-7 March, Olympia, London, UK.

The event comprises a free to attend exhibition, and tech demo zone area in which Jones is presenting. Additionally a conference will feature over 30 telcos and ISPs from around the world discussing IPTV service deployment issues

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 1:13:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 19, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 13 - Next Generation Networks

Geneva, 16 – 27 April 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 7/13 for more information.

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Monday, February 19, 2007 6:14:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Fully Networked Car will review and examine the implications of the latest developments in the fast-moving market for information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles.

To guarantee a pass for the event to be held 7-10 March, at the Geneva Motor Show, register now. Entry to the event is without charge.

The workshop programme is now available featuring speakers from some of the biggest names in information and communication technologies (ICT) and the motor industry, including: Bosch, BMW, Cisco, Ford, France Telecom, Freescale Semiconductor, Head Acoustics, Hitachi, Intel, Motorola, On-Star, Orange, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Q-Free, T-Systems, Telecom Italia, Telecordia, Toyota, Vodafone and Ygomi. In addition to the packed programme an exhibition will allow visitors to see close-up some of the technologies being discussed.
Monday, February 19, 2007 11:31:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Meeting of Study Group 11 - Signalling requirements and protocols

Geneva, 23 – 27 April 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 7/11 for more information.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:24:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Study Group 2’s February meeting saw work continue on harmonizing numbering resources for child helplines.

SG 2 is looking at the issue following a request from Child Helpline International (CHI). CHI is a global network of telephone helplines and outreach services for children and young people.

Specifically SG 2 is looking at the logistics of providing a global number. It previously conducted a survey which discovered that a wide range of numbers are in use globally and that there is support in many countries for studying a more harmonized solution.

A review process will be an initial assessment of all of the various options for introducing childrens’ helplines. The fundamental question is whether a single number can be deployed worldwide. Other issues include how regulators will handle migration from existing services and who pays for the services.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:02:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Meeting of Study Group 19 - Mobile telecommunication networks
 
Geneva, 19-26 April 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 6/19 for more information.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007 7:21:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Standards that will ease the wide spread rollout of video over IP networks took a step forward in January.

IPTV architecture and requirements, two fundamentally important areas in standards work were progressed at a recent meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on IPTV. There was general consensus in the meeting that FG IPTV will successfully develop documents which will accelerate introduction of IPTV to the global market. Setting the architecture and requirements in stone allows the rest of the work to continue with greater ease.

Meeting at the Microsoft conference center, Mountain View California, at the invitation of the Alliance for Telecom Industry Standards (ATIS) the group saw a record number of contributions and experts worked often late to keep up with the workload. Nearly 90 documents were dealt with in the fields of architecture and requirements alone.

Malcolm Johnson, newly elected Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau said in a message he sent to the event: “The excellent cooperation between ITU-T and ATIS is an example of the spirit of cooperation that I believe now pervades in the standards world... From what I have seen there is a great deal to be satisfied by in terms of the progress that FG IPTV has achieved so far.”

In opening comments, ATIS President & CEO Susan Miller shared with the 200 meeting attendees that IPTV is serving as a “change agent” for the industry, and “as both the business case and principal driver for accelerating deployment of the next generation network.” Miller noted that for North American service providers in particular, “IPTV is a critical ingredient to bundled service offerings that encompass television services, mobile services, Internet access, and much more. We have seen in the last decade, enormous investments in broadband, and fiber deployments to the home and to the premise,” said Miller.

Also important a document outlining terms and definitions in the field was created. While seemingly mundane this work is crucially important in ensuring consistency of comprehension in an area where many standards outlining different aspects of IPTV will co-exist.

Further discussion is expected on whether and how to treat the issue of redistribution of content to a point past an IPTV terminal device, and, in particular, how content protection and content management functions can or should apply in a home network environment.

Other issues examined and progressed were accessibility issues for people with disabilities, AV codecs and content format requirements. Output (and other) documents can be seen here.

The next meeting of FG IPTV will be held from 7 to 11 May 2007 in Bled, Slovenia.

 

 

Tuesday, February 06, 2007 9:14:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 05, 2007

ITU and the IEEE will hold a workshop on carrier-class Ethernet, 31 May- 1 June.

Much work has been done in both organisations to progress Ethernet, developed as an enterprise technology, into a carrier service. The event will focus on opportunities for further collaboration.

Long-recognized as the ubiquitous LAN technology, Ethernet is now seeing increased attention as a carrier-grade service. In part this is due to the convenience of being able to simply provide end-to-end service, but also carriers can realize savings both in terms of capital and operational expenditure.

Ethernet services are becoming popular because they allow carriers to offer considerably improved flexibility to customers through a much simpler and lower cost interface. Ethernet allows users to specify exactly how much bandwidth they want between the 10Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s range currently offered. Further, Ethernet provides reduced operation complexity and improved scalability for carriers. And as operators look to NGN and the use of the Internet Protocol (IP), Ethernet is seen as the best fit, especially given the rise of such services as IP VPNs, VLANs and dedicated Internet access.

The event will start with an overview of the standards work from ITU-T and IEEE and will then drill down into detail with sessions focusing on: Ethernet based and Ethernet capable access networks; Ethernet network transport; Ethernet Bridging architecture; Ethernet OAM and management; Ethernet QoS, timing and synchronization. A closing session will bring together reports from all of the session chairs in order to identify the direction of future work.

Monday, February 05, 2007 1:02:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 31, 2007
A new Recommendation from SG12 acts as a performance planning tool for videophone applications taking into account the effects of video as well as voice quality. The computational model described is for point-to-point interactive videophone applications including dedicated videophone terminals, desktop or laptop PCs, PDAs and mobile phones over IP networks.

Recommendation G.1070 gives an algorithm that estimates videophone quality in terms of quality of experience/quality of service (QoE/QoS). The model is designed to be used by QoE/QoS planners to help ensure end-to-end user satisfaction and to avoid over-engineering at the application, terminal, and network layers.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:35:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Study Group 12 consented a new Recommendation that provides a way to give consistency to performance measurements in high layer protocols such as FTP, HTTP etc.

The Recommendation, ITU-T Recommendation Y.1562, may be used by service providers in the planning, development, and assessment of IP service to check that it meets user performance needs; by equipment manufacturers to give performance information that will affect equipment design; and by end users in evaluating higher layer protocol service performance.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:34:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A Recommendation that ensures that sound levels between various devices are harmonized in order that listening quality is not degraded was amended at Study Group 12’s January meeting.

The amendment takes into account the transmission characteristics for headsets and hands free terminals. The original Recommendation – P.313 - provides audio performance requirements for portable digital cordless and mobile handsets, headset and loudspeaker terminals.

Specifications for car mounted hands free terminals will be treated in a new Recommendation in progress and also under study in the Focus Group - From/In/To Cars Communication.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:33:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A revised workplan for some of the Questions in Study Group 12 will include specific mention of IPTV Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Service (QoS).

The latest meeting of Study Group 12, Geneva, January, also saw agreement on a definition for QoE. This, experts said, is particularly important given the inclusion of QoE in the definition of IPTV agreed by the ITU-T IPTV Focus Group. (See previous story).

Quality of Experience (QoE)

The overall acceptability of an application or service, as perceived subjectively by the end-user.

NOTES

1     Quality of Experience includes the complete end-to-end system effects (client, terminal, network, services infrastructure, etc).

2     Overall acceptability may be influenced by user expectations and context.


Study Group 12 Vice Chair, Chuck Dvorak, said that he expects that IPTV and other multimedia QoS and QoE issues will see increasing attention in SG12 moving forward.

Dvorak also said that he expects that the non-transport aspects of networks and services, for example call processing performance, will also receive more attention. Additionally he says that he expects SG12 will take a closer look at how to better address the needs of developing countries in terms of QoS.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 3:32:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Study Group 16 - Multimedia terminals, systems and applications

Working Party 3/16 Meeting

Geneva, 30 March 2007

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:24:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Study Group 17 - Security, languages and telecommunication software

Working Parties 1, 2 and 3/17 Meetings

Geneva, 20, 16-20, 18-20 April 2007, respectively

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:21:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Representatives of the car industry joined with more traditional ITU-T members at the first meeting of the Focus Group From/In/To Car Communication.

The Focus Group meeting in Geneva, January, worked on specifications that will enhance communications in vehicles. Using as a starting point a specification developed by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) the Focus Group is looking to improve a draft Recommendation – P.Carhft – under development by ITU-T’s Study Group 12. The Focus Group concept allows for non-members, in this case the auto industry to participate.

A first priority is to deal with speakerphone audio quality, aiming to provide a specification that will help to improve the speech- and sound - quality between different devices. Second priority is requirements for headsets including wireless. Chairman of the group, Hans Gierlich of Head Acoustics noted also that a major problem for the car industry is car-to-car communications.

While first concentrating on narrowband speech (3.4kHz), the group will eventually move into better quality - wideband (8kHz). Input is also required in the area of testing for interaction between the network and hands-free terminals. In addition speech recognition will be addressed.

Participating companies included Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, DaimlerChrysler, France Telecom, Harman/Becker, Head Acoustics, Mitsubushi, Nortel and Volkswagen.

A second FG meeting hosted by HARMAN/BECKER Automotive Systems is planned for March 15 in Ulm, Germany following the ITU, ISO and IEC event, The Fully Networked Car, Information and Communication Technologies in Motor Vehicles. The event taking place at the Geneva Motor Show will review and examine the implications of the latest developments in this fast-moving market. A significant value-add will be an exhibition showcasing the latest technologies in the field.

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:30:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lightwave Europe has recently published an article on ITU-T Rec. G.655. The standard extends the use of fibre previously used mainly in core networks to metropolitan or regional networks. Crucially it also has the potential to greatly reduce operating costs for network providers.

See Lightwave’s story here.

See ITU-T Newslog entry here.

 

Thursday, January 25, 2007 3:59:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 23, 2007

At Study Group 9’s last meeting: Tokyo, 2-6 October, 2006, Mayumi Matsumoto, Rapporteur for Q.5/9 made a short video giving an excellent introduction to the Study Group’s work.

The movie contains footage of a demonstration of technologies for emerging broadband services in the home including interviews with some of the exhibitors.

It’s a unique insight into a Study Group meeting and the events surrounding it. Watch it here.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:53:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 09, 2007

From the beginning of 2007, ITU-T Recommendations will be available without charge for a trial period.

With only a small number of exceptions all in-force Recommendations will be available in PDF form via a simple mouse click.

There is a general belief that the strategic importance of making on-line access to ITU-T Recommendations free outweighs the costs (in terms of lost revenue) to ITU. This is seen as a way to increase the transparency of ITU-T work and encourage wider participation in ITU-T activities. It is also believed that this policy will help increase developing countries' awareness of pertinent issues and help to promote the participation of academia in ITU-T work.

ITU-T Recommendations are available here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 11:50:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 08, 2007
Study Group 17 has initiated the approval process for a standard providing an overview of cybersecurity. The work establishes a definition of cybersecurity that is wide enough in scope to cover various and sometimes inconsistent definitions.

The Recommendation (X.1205) provides a taxonomy of security threats from an organization’s point of view. Cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities including the most common hacker’s tools of the trade are presented. Threats are discussed at various network layers.

Various Cybersecurity technologies to remedy threats are discussed including: routers, firewalls, antivirus protection, intrusion detection systems, intrusion protection systems, secure computing and audit and monitoring. Network protection principles such as defense in depth, access management with application to Cybersecurity are also discussed. Risk management strategies and techniques are discussed including the value of training and education in protecting the network. In addition examples for securing various networks based on the discussed technologies are also discussed.

Monday, January 08, 2007 10:13:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Following ITU-T’s Workshop on Digital Identity for NGN Geneva, 5 December 2006 a decision has been made to set up a Focus Group on Identity Management (IdM) under the parentage of Study Group 17.

Digital identity refers to the online representation of a user’s or network element’s identity and the identity of those that the user or network element interacts with. It does not mean the positive validation of a person. Information regarding device identities is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity, and as a consequence, its protection and management are vital to a healthy and inclusive digital world.

There are different approaches for representing identities and different identity management frameworks. The lack of a common view on digital identity and its management has so far resulted in incompatible applications.

The Focus Group will explore mechanisms that allow different frameworks to interoperate together. Experts said there is a need to identify current gaps in proposed solutions. For example, IdM solutions that involve the telecom network level and in general lower layers have not been addressed sufficiently, they said. The Focus Group will act as a platform for an exchange of information in order to bring about necessary harmonisation.

All standards organizations and developer forums involved in identity management worldwide, including institutes, forums, companies, experts and individuals regardless of whether ITU members or not are encouraged to participate.

The first meeting of the FG IdM is scheduled to take place at ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, from 13 to 16 February 2007.

Monday, January 08, 2007 10:11:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 21, 2006

Next meeting of Study Group 4 - Telecommunication Management

Geneva, 5 - 14 February 2007

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Thursday, December 21, 2006 11:18:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Next meeting of Study Group 3 - Tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues

Geneva, 26 - 30 March 2007

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Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:28:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Next meeting of TSAG - Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (including meeting of the Seminar Coordination Committee (SCC))
 
Geneva, 26 February - 1 March 2007

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:04:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 07, 2006

Study Group 9 recently approved a Recommendation on IP multicast.

IP multicast is seen a promising technology for providing IP-based video distribution because of its bandwidth efficiency while accommodating millions of clients.

Recommendation J.283 provides a set of architectural concepts for constructing and meeting the service quality requirement of a stable IP-based video distribution network. It uses network layer (Layer-3) route diversity between the server edge routers and the client edge routers.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:49:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Three new Recommendations providing architecture for advanced set-top boxes have been approved by Study Group 9.

The Recommendations (J.290-J.292) take into account advances in technologies and architectures for delivery of multiple types of services – including video, voice and data. The three include a core Recommendation along with two adjuncts which provide for a cable solution and a media independent solution. The core document (J.290) describes key functional aspects of the next generation set-top box (STB), such as configurable security including downloadable conditional access, advanced codecs, video over IP, QoS control and extension of these functions to in-home networks.

J.291 describes the cable network architecture component of the next-generation STB. When combined with companion Recommendation J.290 the architecture defines a cost-efficient platform with capacity and flexibility to support growth of on-demand video, high definition digital TV, managed in-home networks connecting a wide range of consumer-provided devices, and future IP multimedia services including IP voice, video telephony, and multiplayer gaming. It reflects key functional aspects of the next generation cable STB, such as a common application platform (globally executable MHP (Multimedia Home Platform), which is the common core among OCAP (OpenCable project), MHP and ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses), MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Group) transport including advanced compression technology, and downloadable conditional access (configurable security).

J.292 describes a core architecture that is not dependent on transport media for a next generation STB which will allow service providers to offer existing and new advanced services regardless of the transport media. In this Recommendation it is assumed that all contents are transported on IP packets with an adequate QoS controlled mechanism. The Recommendation reflects key functional aspects of the next generation STB, such as network resource adaptability, secure two-way authenticated communication and session resource management and a QoS-control mechanism.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:47:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Three new Recommendations from ITU-T’s Study Group 9 provide the first steps towards the next generation of cable modems. According to SG insiders new cable modems will boost bandwidth, increase security and provide greater flexibility overall for network operators to deploy data services.

Recommendations J.210-J.212 provide a basis for modularizing cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and were designed as an extension to the DOCSIS Recommendations to allow for flexibility and independent scaling of certain CMTS functions.

DOCSIS (data over cable service interface specifications) – defined in Recommendations J.112 and J.122 - specifies transmission systems for interactive cable television services - IP cable modems. It defines the requirements for the two fundamental components that comprise a high-speed data-over-cable system: the cable modem (CM) and the CMTS.

The modular-CMTS (M-CMTS) architecture splits the CMTS function into three fundamental components: the M-CMTS Core, the EQAM (downstream modulator), and the Timing Server. Inasmuch as the modular components may be located on different chassis, and potentially at different physical locations, the new Recommendation J.211 (Timing Interface for CMTS) provides the robust and highly accurate transport of timing signals from the Timing Server to the other components of the M-CMTS network in order to ensure that the system components work in lock-step.

Recommendation J.212 defines the protocol used to tunnel downstream user data across an Ethernet network between the M-CMTS Core and EQAM. Finally, the new Recommendation J.210 defines the downstream physical layer modulator requirements for the EQAM. 

Another new Recommendation in the DOCSIS series, J.213, describes requirements on both CMTSs and CMs in order to implement a Layer-2 Virtual Private Network feature which allows operators to offer a Transparent LAN Service along the lines of Carrier Ethernet.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:46:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T’s Study Group 9 has approved an array of Recommendations in several areas including broadband IP multimedia services and next generation digital set top box architectures.

Study Group experts say that the advancements will greatly extend the service capabilities of broadband cable and other networks. The Recommendations were approved by ITU-T Study Group 9, Integrated Broadband Cable Networks and Television and Sound Transmission, during its October meeting in Tokyo.

SG 9’s Recommendations include key work in IPCablecom2, modular CMTS (cable modem termination systems), next generation video set-tops, and architecture for deploying an IP multicast video distribution network using network layer route diversity.

IPCablecom is a project initiated by SG 9 several years ago on time-critical interactive services over cable television networks using IP. It is a suite of Recommendations (J.160-178) which provides for telephony, and J.179 (IPCablecom Multi Media), which creates a bridge that allows for the expansion into a full range of multi-media services. 

IPCablecom2 is contained in a new suite of Recommendations (J.360-363 and J.365-366) and is designed to support the convergence of voice, video, data, and mobility technologies through a modular non-service specific approach. This modular approach allows operators flexibility to deploy network capabilities as required by their specific service offerings, while maintaining interoperability across a variety of devices from multiple suppliers.

These new Recommendations define an architecture and a set of open interfaces that leverage emerging communications technologies, such as the session initiation protocol (SIP), to support the rapid introduction of new IP-based services onto the cable network. IPCablecom2 is also based on Release 6 of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), as developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), which is a SIP-based architecture for providing multimedia services.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:44:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The November meeting of Study Group 16 saw a significant reshaping of the group’s media coding work according to experts.

The wording of the title of the Question – ITU-T’s term for work area – has changed from Video to Visual Coding. This is to incorporate work in the areas of still image, graphics, computer displays
and medical imaging as well as the more traditional video sequences.

The Question is home to video coding spec H.264 and an amendment to that Recommendation was made to give new profiles supporting H.264’s use in high-end studio applications that use the 4:4:4 color sampling system.

From the official wording of Question 6/16: “This Question will focus on the maintenance and extension of existing video and still-image coding Recommendations, and laying the ground for new Recommendations using advanced techniques to significantly improve the trade-offs between bit rate, quality, delay, and algorithm complexity. Video, still-image, and other visual coding standards will be developed with sufficient flexibility to accommodate a diverse number of transport types (Internet, LAN, Mobile, ISDN, GSTN, H.222.0, NGN, etc.).”

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:42:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Study Group 16 will start work in a new area, generic sound activity detection (GSAD).

Voice activity detection (VAD) is widely used in telecommunications networks as a means of differentiating between wanted and unwanted in-band audio signals, for example to obtain trunking efficiency in circuit multiplication equipment; to ensure correct operation of echo control and other signal enhancement devices etc.

The proposal for generic sound activity detection (GSAD) is motivated by two problems.

1.         With rapid changes in the telecommunication network environment, more and more multimedia services are being provided. Although the network is evolving from a voice to a multimedia network, most VAD algorithms are still mainly designed to handle voice signals and can not work properly in the presence of rich audio signals, which include voice, music, background environmental noise, information tones etc.

2.         Historically, VAD algorithms have been developed separately for individual network elements and applications, and there are currently numerous VAD algorithms. However, they are based on different principles, which make it difficult to provide common performance enhancements across all VADs.

Therefore it is seen as beneficial to develop a generic sound (rather than voice) activity detector, which can be applied across a range of applications. The benefits from a standardised GSAD are predicted to be:

·           Enhanced performance to deal with new types of in-band audio signals

·           Reduced development time and cost for new equipment requiring sound activity detection, eg codecs, circuit multiplication equipment, echo control, signal enhancement devices, VoIP gateways, terminal adapters etc.

·         Opportunity for use in existing speech and audio coders which do not include VAD.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:40:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Meeting of Study Group 2 - Operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance
 
Geneva, 30 January – 8 February 2007

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006 12:03:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 27, 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, November 27, 2006 9:47:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 24, 2006

The Focus Group "From/In/To Cars Communication" was established by Study Group 12 at its 5 - 13 June 2006 meeting.

The objective of the Focus Group is to develop a new set of requirements and specifications to help advance the work of the ITU-T SG12, mainly Questions 4/12 and 12/12, and to encourage participation in this activity of members of other standards organisations involved in car and Telecommunications/ICT industries, including experts and individuals who may not be members of ITU.

Focus Group "From/In/To Cars Communication" First Meeting:

Geneva, 26 January 2007

Focus Group "From/In/To Cars Communication" Home

Friday, November 24, 2006 4:08:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T’s Study Group 15 has consented on a revision to a home networking specification that increases data rates over existing home wiring to 320 Megabits per second.

The original standard (ITU-T Recommendation G.9954) is based on input from the HomePNA alliance. The revision adds home networking over existing coax cables to networking over phone wires. The revision also includes new operating spectrums adding VDSL coexistence to the ADSL, POTS and broadcast TV channel spectrum coexistence provided by the original standard.

G.9954 facilitates interoperability and convergence of all networked IP data in the home by creating open, interoperable standards and best practices for a universal home networking market. Telephone service providers have collaborated with residential gateway, set-top box, bridge, consumer electronics (CE) equipment, and ONT manufacturers, as well as their component providers, to meet consumer demand for bundled multimedia home networking.

Home networking bandwidth requirements will steadily increase as operators deliver multi-stream high-definition content, upgrade last-mile access network technologies, and provision future IP-based services. Leveraging existing home wires, service providers can reduce installation, operational expenses and even end-user costs. Experts say that 320 Mbps can accommodate the future bandwidth requirements of service providers as they enhance their offerings with additional features and capabilities.

 

Friday, November 24, 2006 11:10:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 23, 2006

Third meeting of the FG IPTV

Mountain View, California, USA

22-26 January 2007

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See TSB Collective-letter 113 for more information.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006 3:50:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Meeting of Study Group 12 - Performance and quality of service
 
Geneva, 16 - 25 January 2007

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 11:58:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Meeting of Study Group 17 - Security, languages and telecommunication software
 
Geneva, 14-24 November 2006

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:17:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 17, 2006

The Focus Group on Security Baseline for Network Operators has issued a survey, results from which will be used in preparation of a new ITU-T Recommendation “Security Baseline for Network Operators”. Participants are asked about their level of preparedness in case of various security threats.

Once approved the Recommendation will show the readiness and ability of operators to collaborate and coordinate counteraction against security threats arising from interconnected networks.

The Security Baseline will allow network operators to assess their network and information security posture in terms of what security standards are available, which of these standards should be used to meet particular requirements, when they should be used, and how they should be applied. It will also identify security Recommendations and standards to support evaluation of operators’ network security and information security. Development of the first draft of the Recommendation will begin towards the end of 2006.

The online survey is aimed at network and service providers a deadline of 24 November 2006 has been set for responses.

 

Friday, November 17, 2006 4:31:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with the support of the ITU, will hold two workshops on Numbering and Convergence January 2007.

The announcement follows the development of a draft National Numbering Plan (NNP) (for industry consultation) as mandated by the 2003 Communications Act.

The first workshop Impact and challenges of implementing NNP will be held 9 – 10 January the second Challenges of convergence 11 January.

Aims of the event include allowing participants to: gain a better understanding of the draft NNP and associated new services; identify implementation impacts to the network and possibly proffer a common solution to the articulated impacts; reach a consensus on efficient techniques to implement the services / associated modifications and also on the NNP implementation schedule; participate in producing guidelines for an industry committee that will oversee the NNP implementation / transition plan.

Delegates are expected to include Telecoms Stakeholders such as Interconnection / Core Network Staff, Equipment Manufacturers / Vendors, Programmers / Installers, Consumer Advocacy Groups, Internet Groups, other Sector Stakeholders and Regulatory Agencies worldwide. Nigerian Network Operators are specifically encouraged to send delegates that have sufficient knowledge of their systems as decisions taken during the workshops may impact on their networks.

Telcordia is supporting the workshops with expert speakers. Opportunities are available for experts to serve as panelists for days: 1, 2 and 3 and also to facilitate breakout sessions for days: 1 and 2.

In addition, the event will provide a venue for local and international solution providers who are interested in showcasing state-of-the-art solutions on Numbering, Number Portability, ENUM, VOIP and Convergence.

Exhibition and sponsorship Opportunities are available, for further information on these or any other aspect of the events, please contact Mrs. M.K Onyeajuwa (telephone +234-9-6700630, +234-9-2340330 ext 1052, +234804419088, email nnp@ncc.gov.ng).

 

Friday, November 17, 2006 12:18:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T will hold a Workshop on Digital Identity for NGN Geneva, 05 December 2006.

In the last few years, the need for digital identity has risen as a strong driving force behind network architecture design, service provisioning, and content handling, billing and charging. Digital identity is expected to be a powerful tool for users to access unlimited digital resources via a limited number of trusted relationships, and for providers to offer these resources across the different layers of communication systems, administrative domains and even legal boundaries. However, the lack of a common view on digital identity across these different layers has so far resulted in independently developed and therefore often inconsistent identity management frameworks as well as incompatible applications.

Key challenges towards the development of a more consistent approach are to tackle the conflicting requirements of privacy, identification and security. This workshop, a Joint ITU-T/EU IST Daidalos Project Workshop, intends to investigate different approaches, analyze gaps in today’s standards, identify future challenges and find common goals which will provide direction to the work currently being undertaken in the different projects and standards development organizations (SDOs).

 

Friday, November 17, 2006 9:15:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 14, 2006
 Monday, November 13, 2006
A major step towards dynamic and reconfigurable ‘smart’ networks has been made with the consent of a new standard.

Operators and manufacturers have pushed the development of the ITU-T Recommendation (G.667) that is the first for adaptive chromatic dispersion compensators.

Chromatic dispersion is a phenomenon that produces pulse broadening in optical fibers, and can limit the overall amount of data transported over them.  In some applications, the chromatic dispersion of the optical path varies with time or optical network re-configuration to such an extent that, to avoid signal degradations at the receiver, an adaptive dispersion compensator is used to dynamically compensate the chromatic dispersion change of the optical link.

The automatic management of chromatic dispersion of the optical path, previously not standardized, means that for operators it will be much simpler to change the path of an optical channel in the optical network while maintaining the desired degree of chromatic dispersion. The standard allows for chromatic dispersion compensation to be controlled automatically in real time rather than operators having to manually change physical devices in the network.

The need for chromatic dispersion compensators is increasingly influenced by bit-rate as optical transmission systems are being upgraded from 10 to 40Gbit/s. Distance is also a factor as optical systems – ultra long-haul - now extend to thousands of kilometers. In such situations the accumulation of chromatic dispersion variation with time or temperature of the optical path can exceed tolerance and therefore adaptive compensation is necessary. Network operation costs and flexibility should be favorably impacted by the ability to have chromatic dispersion compensation achieved automatically within the network. 

Monday, November 13, 2006 3:11:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T's Study Group 15 has fast tracked a standard that significantly reduces costs for operators rolling out fibre to the home (FTTH). The new Recommendation G.657 "Characteristics of a Bending Loss Insensitive Single Mode Optical Fibres and Cables for the Access Network" gives fiber optic cable similarly flexible characteristics to copper meaning that it can be much more easily deployed in the street, in the building and in the home.

This increased flexibility in a fibre optic cable means that operators can follow tighter corners in buildings, can employ less-skilled labor in deploying the cable and can worry less if cables / fibres are laid with a sharp bend. This all makes installation work more engineer friendly leading also to less re-work. Moreover the closures for fibres can be half the size, important where space is at a premium for example in an apartment building.

The new standard, which allows optical fibres to flex and bend more than the previous standardized types has achieved consent nearly a year earlier than was expected. This has been due to a push by operators planning the introduction of FTTH. Operators are keen that manufacturers around the world immediately start producing fibres according to the specification with clear advantages in terms of flexibility of deployment and cost reduction.

Many telcos have plans to roll out FTTH. The number of FTTH users in Japan exceeded 6 million as of mid 2006. According to experts the impetus for the work came from Japan, followed by the USA, but there is now much interest from European operators.

 

Monday, November 13, 2006 10:21:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 16 - Multimedia terminals, systems and applications

Geneva, 14-24 November 2006

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Monday, November 13, 2006 9:37:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 09, 2006
ITU-T will hold a Consultation meeting on cooperation between ITU-T and Universities, Geneva, 18 and 19 January 2007, to explore ways to improve cooperation between the ITU standardization sector and universities. Other objectives include discussion of how ITU-T can become better known to students and how to make it easier for academia to participate directly in ITU-T work.

Given a belief that many new technologies find life in the minds of the academic world, ITU is increasingly looking to attract more involvement from the world’s universities and other academic institutions. There are already many examples of this policy bearing fruit. Some standards that have emerged from ITU study groups have been heavily influenced by academic involvement. However often this is not recognized because academia has frequently chosen to participate under the banner of an organization other than its own. Exploration of how these important contributions can be better recognized will also be on the agenda.

Universities can benefit from participation in the standards making process by becoming part of an international ‘club’ of ICT experts. Among ITU’s key attractions are its truly international scope and its role as the architect behind many modern communication systems. All major ICT companies are ITU Sector Members. There can be no more enlightening a window on the world of ICT development. The opportunity to be part of a team that creates a worldwide standard provides an exciting opportunity for any university. For these reasons and others this consultation meeting will be an excellent opportunity for university representatives to explore ways to increase university involvement in ITU-T’s work.

ITU-T requests the input of universities on how best to further the relationship between ITU-T and academia for the benefit of both parties. See webpage for documents submitted so far and for details and how to contribute.

 

Thursday, November 09, 2006 9:04:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A new tool that will give a unique overview of ITU-T’s next generation network (NGN) work has gone live. The NGN Project Management Tool, was developed with the support of a voluntary contribution from Siemens.

Since the work towards standards for NGN is taking place across a number of different ITU-T study groups and other standards development organizations (SDOs) the ability to coordinate and view all NGN work in one place will be invaluable to the swift and efficient publication of NGN specifications.

Essentially a repository of information from ITU and other SDOs, the system was asked for by members of the various Study Groups working on NGN. Key will be the ability to keep track of the latest versions of Recommendations and provide detailed information for experts and summaries for management.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 9:25:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T will host the annual Broadband Europe conference 11-14 Dec 2006.

BBEurope is an annual event which was initiated by the FP6-BREAD-project (broadband for all in Europe: a multi-disciplinary approach), part of the "BroadBand for All"-strategic objective of the European Commission.

Peter Van Daele, Project Leader BREAD: “The concept of “Broadband For All” refers to a situation in which broadband is not only available to every citizen, but is actually used by all of them. In that respect it is a more demanding concept than the traditional universal service obligation in telephony, which merely stipulates the availability, at certain conditions, of a given service. The usage of information and communication technologies via broadband infrastructures by all citizens is a policy objective because it is considered to be a key component of transforming Europe into a knowledge-based society, thus enhancing economic growth and increasing employment.”

The BREAD project has amongst its objectives to develop a holistic vision encompassing technical, as well as economical and regulatory aspects. Another important aspect is of identifying roadblocks on European, national/regional level and share visions and best practices on national level to EU level.

BBEurope brings together on an international level all the BroadBand players, researchers, service providers, content providers, operators, manufacturers, policy makers, standardisation bodies, professional organisations.

A diverse agenda will cover topics including NGN, IPTV, wireless access, powerline, security, QoS, and broadband in rural areas. The event will conclude with a panel discussion titled: Future Perspectives in Broadband. A ‘full preliminary’ programme is available from the event’s website, with the call for papers ending November 10 when a programme committee will make a final selection of the papers.

 

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 9:18:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

John MacDonald, a member of the ITU team that created the new VDSL 2 standard, will take part in an upcoming Webinar on this topic, Tuesday, November 21. The Webinar, the second on the topic that ITU has contributed to, will outline what VDSL2 is, which are its competitive differentiators and benefits, and how it allows service providers to compete with cable and satellite operators - by enabling the delivery of enhanced voice, video and data services over a standard copper telephone cable.

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is a product of ITU-T, ITU’s standardization arm, and is the world's most widely deployed broadband access technology. It has enhanced users' experience of the Internet, provided access to digitized content, and fuelled the delivery of streaming video and the development of online gaming by offering downstream data rates of up to 8 Mbit/s. Today, service providers must ensure their DSL offerings can compete against other market options from cable operators. One way to do so, is by offering services over VDSL2 (ITU-T Recommendation G.993.2) - very high-speed DSL - a new version of DSL, which gives service providers the ability to deliver even higher bandwidth and more enhanced services to consumer and business customers.

Delivering up to 100 Mbit/s both up and downstream, a tenfold increase over ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) VDSL2 provides for so-called fiber-extension, bringing fiber-like bandwidth to premises not directly connected to the fiber optic segment of a telecom company’s network. By deploying VDSL2 operators expect to be able to offer services such as high-definition TV (HDTV), video-on-demand, videoconferencing, high-speed Internet access, and advanced voice services. Importantly VDSL 2 offers carriers a solution that is interoperable with the DSL equipment many already have in place. In addition, VDSL 2 will work with both legacy ATM networks and next generation IP-based networks.

Register to take part in this online event here

 

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 9:16:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 31, 2006

An ITU-T and OASIS workshop on public warning, October, attracted 80 participants and saw agreement on a number of ways forward. The event signaled a further stepping-up of cooperation between the two organizations.

The OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), which was successfully demonstrated at the event, has been submitted to ITU for international standardization, officials from both organizations confirmed. Publication as an ITU-T Recommendation will help ensure that CAP is deployed worldwide giving technical compatibility for users across all countries. This action had strong support from the workshop.

The goal of public warning is to reduce the damage and loss of life caused by a natural or man-made hazard event. CAP allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over many warning systems to many applications.

Attendees, from policy makers to manufacturers to personnel involved in emergency management also agreed among other things to: “Coordinate actions among all relevant players to ensure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component through platforms such as the Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Mitigation - Partnership Co-ordination Panel (PCP-TDR)”.

The workshop produced a number of other proposals, which will shortly be available from the event’s website.

In a separate announcement, OASIS said that it was happy to welcome ITU as an event supporter for its upcoming Adoption Forum, London, 27-29 November. ITU members are invited to attend the conference, titled Managing Secure Interactions in Sector Applications, at the reduced rate of EUR100 per day.

The announcements follow the June 2006 approval as internationally recognized ITU-T Recommendations of OASIS’ SAML as ITU-T X.1141 (Security Assertion Markup Language) and XACML as ITU-T X.1142 (Extensible Access Control Markup Language). See previous story.

 

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 4:03:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom World, December 4-8, Kong Kong will see ITU-T members, and guests stage an interoperability showcase for fibre to the premises (FTTP) related standards.

 

On show will be gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) equipment built according to the ITU-T G.984 Recommendation. PON technology is used in the local loop to connect residential and SME end users premises in an all-fibre network.

 

The G-PON Pavilion features live demonstrations of G-PON equipment interoperability; with interoperability being a critical enabler to reducing G-PON equipment costs. Triple-play interoperability demonstrations are provided by the following device and equipment manufactures: AMCC, Cambridge Industries Group, Ericsson, FlexLight Networks, Fujitsu Network Communications, Hitachi, LS Cable, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, Terawave Communications, and ZTE.

 

With PONs, signals are carried by lasers and sent to their destination without the need for active electronics. Carriers can realize significant savings with fiber sharing in the distribution network, equipment sharing in the Central Office and by eliminating the dependence on expensive active network elements. 

 

ITU-T Recommendations in the G.984 series detail gigabit PONs (G-PON), the latest generation of PON technology. Increasing capacity to gigabit levels should more than satisfy foreseeable customer demands, offering video applications, high-speed Internet access, multimedia and other high-bandwidth capabilities. G-PON maintains the same optical distribution network, wavelength plan and full-service network design principles of broadband PONs (B-PON) defined in ITU-T Rec G.983. As well as allowing for increased network capacity, the new standard offers more efficient IP and Ethernet handling.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 3:58:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID) had its first meeting 19-21 September.

The newly established group aims to foster relationships with related standards bodies working in the field in order to exchange information, and – through co-ordination and close working relationships – avoid proliferation of incompatible standards and duplication of work.

The group’s work is currently focused on providing high-level specifications that are always the first step in any standardization work. Key are a roadmap document outlining the order for standards work in the field, a high level requirements document and a generic architectural model. These will be developed as deliverables for eventual input into ITU-T Study Group system.

Meeting attendees agreed to distribute an invitation to relevant groups to inform them of the JCA-NID’s activities and ask them to each identify a coordinator.

A proposal for the next meeting, 25 February 2007, looks set to be adopted.

 

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 2:14:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 02, 2006

Over seven hundred people voted for the most influential standards work from ITU-T in a recent poll to celebrate 50 years of CCITT/ITU-T.

The work area receiving the most votes was video coding. The task of video coding is to establish efficient formats for storing and transmitting video data. The work of ITU–T in this field was pioneered in joint projects with the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC).

Gary Sullivan Rapporteur of the group that has led video coding work: “It is a great honor to see our video coding work so highly appreciated. Much of the credit should go to my predecessors in leading the ITU-T video coding work, Sakae Okubo, Richard Schaphorst, and Karel Rijkse, and also to my Associate Rapporteur Thomas Wiegand, as well as to all our contributors and our ISO/IEC collaborators. One key technical contributor I would cite in particular is Gisle Bjøntegaard.

Besides the two video standards that were explicitly mentioned in the poll question (H.262/MPEG2-Video and H.264/AVC), there were several others of substantial importance in the standardization of that field. Specifically, that includes H.120, H.261, and H.263.

I think perhaps our edge over SS7 and other such telephony network standards in the voting was really just a matter of our work being more familiar to most people and perhaps fresher in people's minds. The work of the ITU has been at the heart of developing a reliable world-wide telephony network, and that has been hugely important to us all.”

Signalling System number 7 (SS7) received the second highest number of votes. SS7 is a common channel signalling system that separates network resource control from the resources being controlled. This fundamental shift enabled the implementation of highly efficient centralized databases for call control, especially valuable for services that may be accessed from any subscriber line (Intelligent Networks, 800/Freephone, credit card, VPN, etc.), and an integral capability on which today’s ubiquitous mobile phone systems depend. Among other service supporting capabilities, it enables monitoring the status of a line to see if it is busy or idle, alerts that indicate the arrival of a call, and the addressing system that routes calls.

John Visser, Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 19: "SS7 is felt by many to be a cornerstone technology of modern telecommunications.” Visser describes the group which developed the SS7 Recommendations and who were recognized by their peers as ‘Knights of SS7’, as “…a camaraderie… who proudly display the certificates awarded to them as part of this recognition of their efforts.”

Voting results can be seen here.

 

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:52:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T Recommendation Y.2111, a new standard emerging from the July NGN-GSI meetings addresses a key area of concern in NGN, the ability to offer end-to-end QoS. Crucially it also addresses the need to be able to differentiate multiple services running over the same network.

The Recommendation deals with resource and admission control functions (RACF) which will help enable operators to guarantee end-to-end quality for multimedia services in NGN, for example VoIP and IPTV. Key to the approach is the ability for an operator to specify rules to specific communication types in order that they can better allocate network resources.

With most IP networks today operating under a best-effort system, network congestion can significantly undermine the quality and reliability of more advanced multimedia applications. RACF meets the demand for more intelligent control of packet-based network infrastructures.

The Recommendation defines the related requirements and functional architecture covering aspects such as resource reservation, admission control and gate control, Network Address Port Translation (NAPT) and firewall control, and Network Address Translator (NAT) traversal.

 

 

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:50:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Recommendation Y.2012 consented at the July SG 13 meeting describes the functional architecture of the NGN.

The NGN architecture described supports the delivery of services such as multimedia services, conversational services, and content delivery services (eg video streaming and broadcasting).

NGN functional architecture shall incorporate the following principles according to the Rec.:

·          Support for multiple access technologies: The NGN functional architecture shall offer the configuration flexibility needed to support multiple access technologies.

·          Distributed control: This will enable adaptation to the distributed processing nature of packet-based networks and support location transparency for distributed computing.

·          Open control: The network control interface should be open to support service creation, service updating, and incorporation of service logic provision by third parties.

·          Independent service provisioning: The service provisioning process should be separated from transport network operation by using the above-mentioned distributed, open control mechanism. This is intended to promote a competitive environment for NGN development in order to speed up the provision of diversified NGN services.

·          Support for services in a converged network: This is needed to generate flexible, easy-to-use multimedia services, by tapping the technical potential of the converged, fixed-mobile functional architecture of the NGN.

·          Enhanced security and protection: This is the basic principle of an open architecture. It is imperative to protect the network infrastructure by providing mechanisms for security and survivability in the relevant layers.

·          Functional entities should incorporate the following principles:

o         Functional entities may not be distributed over multiple physical units but may have multiple instances.

o         Functional entities have no direct relationship with the layered architecture.  However, similar entities may be located in different logical layers.

 
Along with a new architecture, NGN will bring an additional level of complexity beyond that of existing networks. In particular, support for multiple access technologies and mobility results in the need to support a wide variety of network configurations. Some examples of configurations are provided to provide put in context the architecture description.

Although the scope of the Rec. is primarily NGN architecture, it also takes into account legacy PSTN/ISDN terminals and/or interworking with the PSTN/ISDN which is clearly is an important consideration with respect to NGN deployment. Three additional Recommendations were consented in this area Y.2031, Y.2261 and Y.2271.

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:48:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
One of the most important ITU-T Recommendations emerging from the SG 13 meeting specifies the high level requirements and associated capabilities for NGN. Defining requirements is a fundamental and essential part of the standards making process. The document outlines the basic foundations necessary for NGN work to progress and, in particular, for supporting the service objectives of NGN Release 1.

So, for example: “The NGN transport stratum [Y.2012] shall use the IP protocol for general, ubiquitous, and global public connectivity. The IP protocol may be carried over various underlying transport technologies in the access and core portions of the transport stratum (eg. xDSL, ATM, MPLS, Frame Relay, OTN) according to the operator’s environment.”

Aligned with the general goals and objectives captured in the ITU’s definition of NGN published in Recommendation Y.2001 the proposed Recommendation (Y.2201), as well as other documents finalized in July, is an updated version of an output from the Focus Group on NGN (FG-NGN), November 2005.

Experts say that it is important to note that NGN standards authors will have used the requirements text agreed in November 2004 as a basis for their work. Publication as an ITU-T Recommendation will give legal (normative) status and has enabled some general refinement as well as updating particularly in the area of regulatory requirements.

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:45:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T Study Groups meeting under the auspices of the NGN Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI), July, finalized a substantial body of work. Sixteen new standards went into the final stages of the ITU approval process in areas including requirements, architecture, QoS and security. Around 650 documents were considered by the lead SG on NGN, Study Group 13, alone. Study Group management reported high levels of participation and good progress.

Two rather fundamental documents describing requirements for NGN and describing the functional architecture of the NGN will be published as ITU-T Recommendations after formal approval. Also, QoS, a crucial element as networks move to an environment inherently more susceptible to delay, interference etc. was a key focus, one new Recommendation was consented in this field.

Experts also point to the importance of a Recommendation (ITU-T Rec. Y.2021) describing how the IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) as specified by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) can be used in the NGN context. A Rec. from Study Group 19 on mobility management was also highlighted, see story here.

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:43:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU* together with partners ISO* and IEC*, will hold an event at the Geneva Motor Show, March 2007 to review and examine the implications of the latest developments in the fast-moving market for ICT in motor vehicles.

The Fully Networked Car, Information and Communication Technologies in Motor Vehicles, will comprise an exhibition which will run the length of the Geneva Motor Show, and a workshop which will take place between 7 and 9 March.

ICT is a key area of focus for the automotive industry influencing vehicle development, the driver experience and the way that vehicles are now sold. ICT has the potential to vastly improve vehicle mobility and safety, while increasing comfort and enjoyment, but there are fundamental questions that need to be addressed.

Building on the success of two previous workshops the exhibition portion of the event will showcase the latest technologies in the field, while the workshop brings together all stakeholders to discuss the current state of this technology and to agree on how to achieve progress.

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the world’s leading automotive events and in 2007 will give seven hundred square metres of exhibition space to consumer or concept communication technologies for vehicles. This will include communication from/to the car, location-based services, multimedia entertainment, diagnostics, safety, e-call, and others.

Hans Gierlich of Head Acoustics and Chairman of the steering committee for the event, said: “The workshop will examine some of the challenges faced in linking the automotive and ICT sectors. There are many hurdles here and standardization will play an important role in smoothing the way forward for the industry.”

The goals of the workshop are to shed light on questions such as; how do we face the technical and engineering challenges; how do we make sure that the right standards are adopted to deal with the complexity of so many electronic components and what are the best ways to allow this market to develop its full potential?

This event is convened as part of the activity of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) between ITU (ITU-T and ITU-R), ISO and IEC. More details can be found at the event’s website - itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/ict-auto/200703/. Exhibitor/speaker enquiries: tsbcar@itu.int, +41 (0)22 730 5808, 5882. Media enquiries: toby.johnson@itu.int, + 41 (0) 22 730 5877.

*The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) group government authorities, representatives of industry, research institutes, universities and consumers, and other experts, to reach a consensus on worldwide standards in almost all realms of human endeavour, from aircraft and space vehicles to basic units of measurement and test methods. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an agency of the United Nations which has among its aims the extension of the benefits of new telecommunication technologies to all the world's inhabitants and facilitation of the worldwide standardization of telecommunications.

 

 

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:25:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T is hosting a workshop and demonstration together with OASIS on Advances in ICT Standards for Public Warning, 19-20 October.

In the wake of the Tsunami disaster that took place on 26 December 2004 and major natural catastrophes that hit in 2005 standards development organizations (SDOs) have stepped up work on public warning in concert with organizations dealing with disaster management, prevention and relief. Emphasizing the practical application of standardized public warnings, the workshop will review relevant work by SDOs, identify standardization gaps, and identify key players to collaborate on further work as needed.

The two-day event will feature an emergency management interoperability demonstration of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS standard, as well as presentations by various players active in public warning and discussion of relevant technology issues that may also have public policy implications. 

 

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:24:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T is hosting a workshop NGN and Grids in collaboration with the Open Grid Forum (OGF) in Geneva, 23-24 October 2006.

Grid computing enables organizations to pool IT resources across departmental and organizational boundaries in a secure, highly efficient manner in order to solve massive computational problems.

Next generation networks (NGN) offer increased quality and service features for users, independent of the underlying transport technology. ITU-T’s Global Standards Initiative on Next Generation Network (NGN-GSI) is well under way and is responding to urgent market needs for global NGN standards.

The workshop will explore how Grids will work in an NGN environment by bringing together experts from both communities.

The telco community is eyeing Grid development with interest. Telcos could use grids internally, for billing and simulations for example but new revenue streams can be foreseen in areas such as managed grid services.

One panel discussion and Q&A will pose the question: “What can Grids do for Telcos and what can Telcos do for Grids?” Other panel discussions will examine NGN management and security.

From a telecoms perspective there are some challenges such as QoS, how to control the network, how to manage dynamic provisioning and how to provide collision-free addresses (IPv4 <-> NAT). It is expected that all of these topics and more will be addressed.

A key result of the event will be a gap analysis of standards in the field and a better understanding of how grids can be catered for in ITU-T’s NGN Release 2. An action plan outlining what work needs to be done, and where can then be developed.

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:22:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI), and the ITU’s Center of Excellence, in association with the ITU-T, will run a three day workshop on telecommunication standardization, 25 to 27 October 2006. The workshop will be conducted at the TDM Training Centre in Maputo, Mozambique. A broad aim of the event is to give African regulators and operators an insight into the working methods of ITU-T and encourage greater particpation.

The event will explore topics including NGN, VOIP, issues of security related to these technologies, and their likely regulatory implications. Also covered will be the outcome of the last World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA – 2004) held in Brazil in October 2004 and the implications on the structure and working methods of ITU-T, as well as what some of these decisions mean for Africa.

Monday, October 02, 2006 9:18:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 21, 2006