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 Monday, July 03, 2006

Celebrating its leading role in setting standards in communications ITU will hold a one day event - 20 July - to hear what some of the top executives from the world of ICT have to say about the future of this remarkable industry.

In 2006, ITU-T (formerly CCITT) celebrates fifty years of making the standards that have played a massive role in shaping the information and communication technologies (ICT) and services of today. In 1924/5, two technical committees were created to set standards regulating technical and operating questions for international long-distance telephony and telegraphy. Fifty years ago, in 1956, these two technical committees were merged to become CCITT (Consultative Committee for International Telegraphy and Telephony) which later became ITU-T, where all standards-setting activities of ITU were consolidated for wire and wireless networks.

While celebrating the past achievements of ITU in the field of standardization, the event will be forward looking in focus. The morning will see keynote speeches from among others the Chairman of the Board of China Netcom and the CEO and President of NTT and CEO of Svyazinvest. In the afternoon there will be two executive round table discussions on the future of ICTs. The discussion panels will consist of CTOs and other senior experts from some of the world’s major ICT companies, including Alcatel, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, France Télécom, KDDI, Korea Telecom, KPN, Nortel, Rostelecom, Siemens, Telefónica and ZTE.

As well as attending this important event you are invited to vote for the most influential standards work from the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) at www.itu.int/ITU-T/50/vote.html. Select from this shortlist which you think has best shaped the ICT world of today, or feel free to nominate your own.

Study group chairs and experts attending the meeting on next generation networks — global standards initiative (NGN-GSI) will be present. The event is free and open to any interested party but only a limited number of places are available, so please register online as soon as possible. An audio webcast of the entire event will be available at www.itu.int/ibs/. Journalists interested in attending should contact Toby Johnson.