Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Houlin Zhao,
has convened a meeting 4-5 April 2006 in Geneva
to explore standardization in Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).
IPTV rollout is expected to grow at a brisk pace in the coming years.
Many of the world's major telecommunications providers are exploring IPTV as a
new service. It is increasingly seen by operators as an important part of a
triple play package of voice, video and data services. Standardization is key
if service providers are to offer good quality, and provide the value-adds such
as video on demand services which will inevitably drive the market.
Zhao is convinced that standardization in the field is an urgent need. “IPTV is
becoming an increasingly important service in the market, and more and more
ITU-T Members have said that they are facing challenges from technical as well
as regulatory issues,” said Zhao. “We have received a number of proposals to
strengthen our work on IPTV standardization in order to meet the needs of
market players and users. I encourage ITU members and ITU partners to provide
contributions and to participate at the meeting. I am confident that this will
be a very productive and successful meeting.”
The meeting will examine; the situation and challenges of IPTV service at the
national level; the situation and challenges of IPTV service at the
regional/global levels; the actions and development of IPTV-related service by
SDOs; technical and regulatory challenges and the ITU’s role and expected
actions in IPTV standardization.
More and online registration here.