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 Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A new process that allows work to be started in new areas on ‘any day of the year’, has been endorsed at the latest meeting of TSAG.

In the fast moving world of information and communications technologies (ICT) the quicker standardization work can start, the better. The ‘quick start’ process allows ITU-T to initiate new activities with speed when members identify a new area for standardization. It is a further example of how responsive ITU-T is to market needs and it strengthens ITU-T's claim to be one of the most attractive and efficient places to produce global standards.

Simply put, the process gives responsibility for taking quick action, such as setting-up a new Focus Group, a joint rapporteur group, or a joint coordination activity, to the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) Director in agreement with the Study Group chairmen and the TSAG Chairman. Previously it was normally necessary to wait for the next Study Group meeting, which could have been months away. So, for example, if direction on a particular topic is seen to have reached sufficient maturity in Technology Watch discussions, measures can be put in place to ensure immediate action. Experts agreed that such a speedy response to market needs is essential to continue bringing the most important new work into ITU-T.