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 Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The NGN Management Focus Group has been created to organize and undertake a centralized approach regarding NGN management specifications. It has been created in response to a request from the NGN Focus Group.

The NGN Management Focus Group provides a platform where SDOs working on NGN management specifications can share information about their work plans, identifying and filling gaps, while avoiding overlaps and divergence.

The aim of the NGN Management Focus Group is to have a complete set of NGN management specifications available in time for NGN Release 1.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 1:28:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The intention of the NGN 2004 Project is to coordinate all ITU-T activities related to the establishment of implementation guidelines and standards for the realisation of a Next Generation Network. The major task of the Project is to ensure that all elements required for interoperability and network capabilities to support applications globally across the NGN are addressed by ITU-T standardization activities.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 1:25:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

(Established on 2000-11)

The URN Focus Group was created by Study Group 10 and renewed by Study Group 17 to progress the work on the Z.150-series of Recommendations between SG meetings. It collects requirements, suggestions, and contributions, and produces reports to SG 17. In effect, the URN Focus Group leads most of the technical development behind URN, in accordance with the SG 17 work programme.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:33:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

(In operation since 2004-05)

This is one of the two Focus Groups created between ITU-T Study Group 4 and the TMF and has as objectives the development of draft ITU-T Recommendations and instantiating a HMI Road Map (or reference guide) for developers of telecom management products and service providers.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:24:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

(In operation since 2003-11)

This is one of the two Focus Groups created between ITU-T Study Group 4 and the TeleManagement Forum (TMF) and has as objectives to develop draft ITU-T Recommendations and to document of the linkages between eTOM business processes and ITU-T M.3400 functional groups for Enhanced Telecom Operations Map.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:15:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The objective of the OCAF Focus Group is to agree on specifications for a set of components for a new carrier grade open platforms that will accelerate deployment of NGN infrastructure and services.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:10:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Focus Group (FG) has been created to address the emerging needs for global standards for Next Generation Networks (NGN).


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:05:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

(Established and terminated in 1998)

In 1998, Study Group 3 agreed the creation of the first-ever ITU-T Focus Group, tasked to study a possible scheduled reduction of accounting rate. The Focus Group?s task was to propose transitional arrangements towards cost orientation beyond 1998. The work of Focus Group has been completed but its web page has been regularly updated and provide the most recent "target rates".


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 10:59:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

(Established 2002-05; terminated 2003-05)

The Full Service ? VDSL (FS-VDSL) Focus Group was a Focus Group created under ITU-T Study Group 16 to produce specifications enabling "triple-play" over VDSL. This was the first case in which and existing industry forum ? the FS-VDSL Committee ? was fully merged into an "affiliated" ITU-T organization as an ITU-T/A.7 Focus Group.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 10:46:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Focus Groups are an instrument created by ITU-T that augment the Study Group work programme by providing an alternative working environment for the quick development of specifications in their chosen areas. Focus Groups are now widely used to address industry needs as they emerge, and when they are not covered within an existing Study Group. The key difference between Study Groups and Focus Groups is the freedom that they have to organize and finance themselves. Focus Groups can be created very quickly, are usually short-lived and can choose their own working methods, leadership, financing, and types of deliverables.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 10:42:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Network aspects of IMT-2000 that are addressed by the ITU-T, which include definition of network signaling interfaces, services, numbering and identities, quality of service and network performance, security, and operations and management for IMT-2000.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 10:35:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Advisory standards cooperation panel (Advisory Panel for Standards Cooperation on Telecommunications related to Motor Vehicles - APSC TELEMOV) was created as a result of the Workshop on Standardization in Telecommunication for Motor Vehicles and intended as a cooperation group on all aspects of standardization related to telecommunications within and for motor vehicles. This is meant as an open forum to bring together the leading international standardization organizations as well as industry consortia, as partners engaged in advancing ITS and vehicular telematics standards.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 9:00:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The ITU-T/IEC Common FTP Area was set up within the SG 6 Website as a platform for the exchange of relevant standards documentation between Experts of SG 6, IEC SB4 and TC 46/86 and SC86A/B/C.

ITU-T Study Group 6 is responsible for studies relating to outside plant of all types of cables for public telecommunications and associated structures. SG 6 considers very important that experts have a commonly accessible platform for sharing relevant standards documentation at an early stage.

This approach involves people both in IEC and ITU-T, working in the day-to-day development of standards related to cables (copper and optical), their associated hardware and the relevant installation techniques.

With this in mind the ITU-T Secretariat set up an ITU-T/IEC publicly accessible area, hereafter called the 'Common Area', within the SG 6 Website, as a platform for the exchange of relevant standards documentation. Experts of SG 6, IEC SB4 and TC 46/86 and SC86A/B/C, that are involved in developing standards for products to be installed in the telecommunication Outside Plant, can subscribe for access.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 8:57:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The objective of the Mediacom Project is to establish a framework for Multimedia standardization for use both inside and external to the ITU. This framework will support the harmonized and coordinated development of global multimedia communication standards across all ITU-T and ITU-R Study Groups, and in close cooperation with other regional and international standards development organizations (SDOs).


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 8:36:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

This project addresses an additional market by branding the set of ITU-T languages and using several languages together to address domains where a single language may not suffice.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 8:32:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Joint Project between ITU-T Q.6/SG16 and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG11 for the Development of new Video Coding Recommendation and International Standard.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 8:29:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 02, 2005

Standardization in the field of Electronic Business including E-Commerce.

  • Project M.3 of Global Information Infrastructures (M.3 GII)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
  • Awareness
  • Business Object Summit (BOS)


Monday, May 02, 2005 4:58:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Project on time-critical interactive services over cable television network using IP-protocol, in particular Voice and Video over IP.

[IPCablecom] Project on time-critical interactive services over cable television network using IP-protocol, in particular Voice and Video over IP 

[Status] of International Cable modem and IPCablecom standards

Monday, May 02, 2005 4:52:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The issue of national Internet policies has gained increasing prominence in recent years as the importance of IP-based networks and IP-based services and applications (commonly referred to as "Internet') become increasingly apparent.


Monday, May 02, 2005 4:38:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The ASN.1 Project was established to assist existing users of ASN.1 within and outside of ITU-T, and to promote the use of ASN.1 across a wide range of industries and standards bodies. It also maintains an up-to-date database of ASN.1 usage within all Study Groups (extending to other bodies over time), with the names of contacts on ASN.1 matters.


Monday, May 02, 2005 4:33:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Study Group 3 started examining the international Internet connectivity issue from the year 1998. This site provides a brief progress report on the activities of Study Group 3 related to International Internet connectivity.


Monday, May 02, 2005 4:08:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The WTSA 2000 adopted Resolution 29 on alternative calling procedures on international telecommunication networks. A draft guideline has been prepared under which ITU is to collect information once a year on the positions adopted by each country in respect of call-back practices within its territory and disseminate the findings by the most effective method. The results were disseminated by a TSB Circular and posted on this site.


Monday, May 02, 2005 3:56:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The accounting revenue division procedure worked well when the international services were jointly provided by monopoly partners and the collection charges were equal to the accounting rate. However, with the drastic change in the world monetary system and the introduction of competition in the telecommunication market, a revision of accounting revenue division procedure become urgent and Study Group 3 devoted its efforts to examine the procedure which replace the accounting revenue division procedure.


Monday, May 02, 2005 3:55:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The standardization work of ITU-T is carried out by the technical Study Groups (SGs) in which representatives of the ITU-T membership develop Recommendations (standards) for the various fields of international telecommunications. The SGs drive their work primarily in the form of study Questions. Each of these addresses technical studies in a particular area of telecommunication standardization. Each SG has a SG Chairman and a number of vice-chairmen appointed by the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA).

Study Group 2 
Operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance
Lead Study Group on Service definition, Numbering and Routing.
Study Group 3 
Tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues
Study Group 4 
Telecommunication management
Lead Study Group on Telecommunication Management.
Study Group 5 
Protection against electromagnetic environment effects
Study Group 6 
Outside plant and related indoor installations
Study Group 9 
Integrated broadband cable networks and television and sound transmission
Lead Study Group on integrated broadband cable and television networks.
Study Group 11 
Signalling requirements and protocols
Lead Study Group on signalling and protocols
Lead Study Group on intelligent networks
Study Group 12 
Performance and quality of service
Lead Study Group on Quality of Service and performance. 
Study Group 13 
Next Generation Networks
Lead study group for NGN and satellite matters.
Study Group 15 
Optical and other transport network infrastructures
Lead Study Group on Access Network Transport and on Optical Technology.
Study Group 16 
Multimedia terminals, systems and applications
Lead Study Group on multimedia terminals, systems and applications.
Lead Study Group on ubiquitous applications ("e-everything", such as e-health and e-business).
Study Group 17 
Security, languages and telecommunication software
Lead Study Group on Telecommunication Security.
Lead Study Group on Languages and Description Techniques.
Study Group 19 
Mobile telecommunication networks
Lead Study Group on mobile telecommunication networks and for mobility.

Monday, May 02, 2005 2:51:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 


The following files relative to AAP have been updated since 2005-04-29

updated : 2005-04-29 18:08:56

Title : [012] AAP Announcement No. 12, 1 May 2005, (SG 4,19)

url :


- For further questions, please contact TSB EDH at

- For documentation, go to

- Comments on Recommendations under AAP should be submitted by filling the appropriate forms in each Study Group AAP web page and sent to the relevant Study Group email address

Monday, May 02, 2005 2:31:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Workshops and Seminars

ITU-T Workshop on NGN in collaboration with IETF

Where: ITU Headquarters, Geneva
When: 1 - 2 May 2005


ITU-T will hold a workshop on NGN together with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), 1 - 2 May, 2005, Geneva. The workshop will also serve as an important meeting point for ITU-T and IETF management.

The overall objectives of the workshop are to explore specific NGN issues that impact both the ITU-T and the IETF to better understand the work underway in the two organizations and to identify areas where actions could be taken between the ITU-T and IETF to further coordinate their work.

Six sessions will each be co-chaired by an ITU representative and a representative from IETF. Topics will include requirements and functional architecture; nomadicity and mobility; QoS, control and signalling capabilities; network management; security capabilities and evolution.

The workshop, the second on NGN in 2005, is an example of the way in which ITU-T is seeking to engage all interested parties in work towards the development of worldwide standards for NGN. In this way, industry demands for the efficient and swift completion of the specifications that will define the way that NGNs work will be met.


  • To explore specific NGN issues that impact both the ITU-T and the IETF to better understand the work underway in the two organizations; and
  • To identify those areas where actions could be taken between the ITU-T and the IETF to further should coordinate their NGN-related work., and to seek to reach agreement on any actions to be taken to coordinate the work of the two organizations and perhaps establish joint activities.



Monday, May 02, 2005 2:00:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Workshops and Seminars

Advances in the Standard H.264/AVC

Where: San Diego, California, USA
When: 31 July ? 4 August 2005

On the occasion of SPIE?s fiftieth anniversary, ITU-T will lend its support to a session titled Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVIII (Advances and Applications in H.264/AVC Video Coding).

H.264 / Advanced Video Coding (AVC) is the leading video codec developed jointly by the Joint Video Team of ITU-T Q.6/SG16 VCEG and ISO/IEC MPEG.

The session will include presentations on recent advances, new directions, new application areas, licensing and IP issues, and the economic impact of the standard.

H.264/AVC has seen a steady rise in status over the last year, its success based largely on its increased efficiency over its predecessor. The dramatically increased compression performance of H.264 will enable existing applications like videoconferencing, streaming video over the Internet, and digital television on satellite and cable to offer better quality video at lower cost. It will also allow new video applications such as High-Definition TV on DVD, video on mobile phones, and videoconferencing over low bandwidth connections that were previously impractical because of economics or technology.

H.264/AVC appears certain to be incorporated into several important application specifications including the BD-ROM specification of the Blu-ray Disc Association, the DVB (digital video broadcast) standards for European broadcast television, the HD-DVD specification of the DVD Forum and in a new broadcast TV specification of the US ATSC (advanced television systems committee). H.264 has also been adopted by both 3GPP and 3GPP2, the two partnership projects that define the specifications for third generation mobile.

And the video codec is now being deployed in products from companies including Apple, Sony, BT, France Telecom, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, Polycom, Samsung, Tandberg and Toshiba.

2004 also saw the development of a new set of coding tools known as the fidelity range extensions (FRExt). The new FRExt extensions were designed to be used for applications such as standard-definition and high-definition television, enhanced DVD video, content contribution, content distribution, post-production processing, and studio video editing. Additionally a conformance testing specification for H.264/AVC was released. This will allow potential purchasers and manufacturers to ensure that all equipment designed to use the video coding standard will work properly together.

For more information, please see:

Monday, May 02, 2005 1:55:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Workshops and Seminars

Fibre-to-the-Premises Standards Showcase

Where: Chicago, USA
When: 6 - 9 June 2005

  • Promoting international standardization
  • Demonstrating new/interoperable equipment
  • Featuring High Definition Video (HDV), super-fast internet access and next-generation voice services

Supercomm, June 6-9, Chicago, USA will see ITU-T members, and guests stage an interoperability showcase for fibre to the premises (FTTP) related standards.

On show will be passive optical network (PON) equipment built according to the ITU-T G.984 and G.983 series of Recommendations. PON technology is used in the local loop to connect residential and SME end users premises in an all-fibre network.

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. And, as well as allowing for increased network capacity, the new standard offers more efficient IP and Ethernet handling.

17 vendors will show B-PON interoperability, products for G-PON, optical distribution network, testing and performance and video service equipment and set-top boxes.

Stand 86046.


  • B-PON interoperability, Central Office and Customer Premise Equipment
    • Entrisphere
    • Hitachi
    • Tellabs
    • Mitsubishi (ONT-only)
    • Motorola
    • Siemens
  • Extended B-PON
    • BroadLight 1.25 Gbit/s/622 Mbs
    • ECI Telecom ONT/OLT, 1.25 Gbs/622Mbs
    • Terawave Communications 622/622 Mbs
  • G-PON
    • FlexLight 2.4/1.2 Gbs
    • Optical Solutions 1.2Gbs/622Mbs
  • Optical Distribution Network
    • Corning
    • OFS
  • Testing and Performance
    • NTT-AT demonstrating their B-PON Conformance Tester to test conformance vendors? OLT/ONTs
    • Spirent enabling GR-303 emulation and telecommunication service performance measurement
  • Video service equipment and set-top-boxes
    • Harmonic
    • Skystream Networks
    • TUT Systems

Supported by the operators: BellSouth, NTT, Sprint, Telecom Italia and Verizon

Monday, May 02, 2005 1:53:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Workshops and Seminars

Workshop on IPv6

Where: Geneva
When: 22 - 23 June 2005


ITU-T is hosting a workshop on IPv6 organized in cooperation with the European Union?s IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee (IPv6 EU TF-SC) and the IPv6 Forum.

Taking place in Geneva, between 22 to 23 June 2005, the event will examine the current status of IPv6, with regards to rollout, policy, technology and applications. An additional aim will be to promote awareness of IPv6 to countries where Internet use is relatively low. The workshop will also follow-up on recent comments sent to the Director of ITU-T?s secretariat, the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) on the management and distribution of IP addresses.

Presentations will come from key standards making organizations, policy advisers and the private sector.


  • Review the current development of Ipv6 network, technology and applications
  • Bring more awareness to those countries who are less-developed in internet to promote the development of IPv6
  • Further discuss comments sent to the Director of TSB concerning the resource management policy.


Monday, May 02, 2005 1:44:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Workshops and Seminars

2nd Workshop on Wideband Speech Quality in Terminals and Networks: Assessment and Prediction

Where: Mainz, Germany
When: 22-23 June 2005

The workshop key goals are, to:

  • provide an overview of most recent developments in wideband speech communications
  • discuss in technical detail the general aspects of terminal testing and reference points for wideband terminals
  • discuss the requirements for wideband applications that are specific to wireless and VoIP scenarios
  • discuss possibilities to integrate non-linear and time variant signal processing into the e-model
  • present research and investigations to extend the applicability of the e-model and other relevant standards

Call for papers

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  • Study Group 13 - Next Generation Networks
    Geneva, 25 April - 6 May 2005
  • Study Group 11 - Signalling requirements and protocols
    Geneva, 2 - 6 May 2005
  • Study Group 19 - Mobile telecommunication networks
    Geneva, 3 - 6 May 2005
  • Study Group 15 - Optical and other transport network infrastructures
    Geneva, 16 - 27 May 2005
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     Friday, April 29, 2005

    A new fast-track approval procedure for technical standards, entitled "Alternative Approval Process (AAP)", was adopted by WTSA-2000 which was held in Montreal, Canada, from 27 September to 6 October 2000.

    ITU-T Recommendations under AAP

    AAP Announcements

    Study Groups' AAP Pages:  2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 9 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 19

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