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 Monday, 09 May 2005
Through its work on standardization, ITU develops technical standards (known as Recommendations) that facilitate the use of public telecommunication services and systems for communications during emergency, disaster relief and mitigation operations.  In such circumstances, technical features need to be in place to ensure that users who must communicate at a time of disaster have the communication channels they need, with appropriate security and with the best possible quality of service.
  • ITU-T SG 16 work on Telecommunications for Disaster Relief (TDR)
    Since 2003 ITU-T Study Group 16 Question 27(I)/16 studies the standardization needs for the use of public telecommunication services for emergency and disaster relief operations.
  • Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Mitigation - Partnership Co-ordination Panel (PCP-TDR)
    The PCP-TDR was created in 2003 as a forum where ?standardizers? and ?users? of TDR facilities get together to ensure that emergency and disaster relief telecommunications standards meet users? needs. Participation is open to international telecommunication service providers, related government departments, standards development organizations, intergovernmental organizations, disaster relief organizations, and other entities working in the field.
  • ITU-T Action Plan ? Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Early Warning
    In March 2005, TSAG agreed to a first version of an ITU-T Action Plan for Standardization on Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Early Warning (TDR/EW), motivated by the identification of the need for new telecommunication standards following the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, and proposals made to the TSAG meeting. This first version was sent to all ITU-T study groups for their action and comment. All Study Groups are encouraged to increase their activities in the definition of Recommendations and other materials (e.g. handbooks) on TDR/EW and to provide feedback to TSAG and ITU-T Study Group 2 (which is to coordinate the effort) on actions taken and on proposals for improvement to the Action Plan.
Monday, 09 May 2005 17:50:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 06 May 2005

Geneva, 21 April 2005 - ITU will hold a workshop on next generation networks (NGN) together with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), 1 - 2 May, 2005, Geneva.

Since May 2004 intense work has taken place in ITU, towards the development of standards that will define services, network and systems architecture in the next generation of IP enabled communication systems, or next generation networks (NGN).

The objectives of the workshop are to report the progress of ITU's work on NGN and explore specific issues that impact both the ITU and the IETF in order to better understand the work underway in the two organizations and to identify areas where action can be taken to make further progress.


Friday, 06 May 2005 10:39:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 05 May 2005

ITU to Host Workshop on Information and Communication Technologies in Vehicles

Geneva, 8 February 2005 ? ITU and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are partnering with one of the world's largest automobile events ? the Geneva International Motor Show ? to host a workshop 2-4 March, focusing on the synergy between the information and communication technologies (ICT) and the automotive sector.


Thursday, 05 May 2005 13:24:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 04 May 2005

The ITU Operational Bulletin was first published by the ITU more than 35 years ago and continues today to provide all administrations, operators and service providers as a favoured medium for the exchange of essential information on changes in international telecommunications networks and services.

List of Codes and Numbers - Lists published by TSB or BR as Annexes to the ITU Operational Bulletin


Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:45:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly 04 (WTSA-04) adopted Resolution 29 on alternative calling procedures on international telecommunication networks. In that Resolution, the sovereign right of each country to regulate its telecommunications, as expressed in the basic instruments of ITU, was reaffirmed. In this regard, each country has the right to authorize, prohibit or regulate call-back practices. National regulatory measures must be respected by other countries within the limits of their own legislation, and the recognized operating agencies (ROAs) and administrations concerned must communicate and collaborate.

To facilitate this collaboration, 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. Administrations and ROAs receiving this information must take all necessary steps to prevent call-back practices from being supplied to countries which prohibit them. The TSB has circulated the questionnaire each year since 1996. The results were disseminated by a TSB Circular.


Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:43:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Bureaufax Table, published in collaboration with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in pursuance of the provisions of ITU-T Recommendation F.170 (03/98), is now published in electronic version only.


Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:39:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ENUM defines a method for entering Recommendation E.164 country codes into the Internet Domain Name System. Please consult TSB Circular 105 for the formal communication concerning ITU-T and ENUM.


Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:35:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Administrations are requested to notify ITU about their national numbering plan changes, or to give an explanation of their web page on national numbering plan as well as their contact points, so that the information, which will be available freely to all Administrations/ROAs and service providers, can be posted on ITU-T website.


Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:27:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
  • List of terrestrial trunk radio mobile country codes (Complement to ITU-T Recommendation E.218 (05/04)) (Position on 1 July 2004)

  • List of ITU-T Recommendation E.164 assigned Country Codes (Complement to ITU-T Recommendation E.164) (Position on 1 February 2004)

  • List of Mobile Country or Geographical Area Codes (Complement to ITU T Recommendation E.212 (11/98)) (Position on 1 January 2004)

  • List of Data Country or Geographical Area Codes (Complement to ITU-T Recommendation X.121) (Position on 1 August 2004)

  • List of Telex Destination Codes (TDC) and Telex Network Identification Codes (TNIC) (Complement to ITU-T Recommendations F.69 and F.68) (Position on 31 May 1999)

  • List of Signalling Area/Network Codes (SANC) (Complement to ITU-T Recommendation Q.708 (03/99)) (Position on 1 December 2004)

  • Five-letter Code Groups for the use of the International Public Telegram Service (According to ITU-T Recommendation F.1 (03/98))

  • List of Country or Geographical Area Codes for non standard facilities in telematic services (Complement to ITU-T Recommendation T.35) (Position on 15 June 2002)
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:24:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

    A centralized List of ITU Carrier Codes (ICCs) has been created with the ITU/TSB as the repository. All domestic and international carriers are expected to register with ITU/TSB for a carrier code.


    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 15:19:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

    TIES account required.

    Member States and Sector Members are kindly asked to notify the TSB of situations that they are aware of that indicate potential misuse of numbering resources. In providing such information, Member States and Sector Members are asked to explain why they believe that a misuse is occurring, for example use of non-assigned resources, or incorrect routing of assigned resources, or use of resources for purposes other than those for which they were assigned.



    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 14:57:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

    A Universal International Freephone Number (UIFN) enables an International Freephone Service (IFS) customer to be allocated a unique freephone number(s) that is the same throughout the world.


    The International Premium Rate Service (IPRS) enables an Information Service Provider (ISP) in a country to be assigned one or more Universal International Premium Rate Numbers (UIPRN), which allow IPRS callers to access information and other services provided by the ISP. For these calls, callers are charged at a premium rate. Detailed charging and accounting principles are defined in the D-Series Recommendations. In some cases, callers may need prior subscription to IPRS with the IPRS originating ROA and/or with the ISP.


    An International Shared Cost Number (ISCN) is a unique number assigned to an ROA for its ISCS customer. This number can be dialed in several countries at a rate equivalent to the national call charge in the country of origin. All other service and call-related charges are paid by the ISCS customer.


    The ITU International Network Designator ATM End System Address (ITU IND AESA) is defined by the ITU for use by service providers for the provision of ATM services. The ITU IND AESA enables companies, corporations and governmental institutions to implement an ATM addressing scheme for public ATM services that may or may not be offered accross international borders.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 14:47:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
  • ITU-D Documents and Reports on Numbering
    Information maintained by ITU-D on the topic of numbering.

  • Numbering Survey [ E | F | S]

  • Reserved and assigned E.164 Network Codes (updated 15 April 2005)
    List of global services and network codes assigned under E.164 codes 881 and 882, in accordance with ITU-T Recommendation E.164.1.

  • Reserved and assigned E.212 shared MCC and associated MNC (updated 07 March 2005)

  • Template for applications for shared network codes
    Model for applications for shared network codes in accordance with Section 8 of ITU-T Recommendation E.164.1.
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2005 14:31:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

    The IPR ad hoc group met in Geneva, 11-12 March 2005 to discuss IPR matters relevant to standardization in ITU-T.

    The revision of two patent declaration forms was completed the meeting: the General Patent Declaration form and the Patent Declaration form for common & twin texts with ISO/IEC. The updated texts now reflect changes agreed by the group at its July 2004 meeting.

    The group also produced a new version of the Software Copyright Guidelines, whereby the second paragraph in section 2.3.1 was moved to a new paragraph following the section 2.3.

    And in the "marks" front - i.e., trademarks, service marks and certification marks - the group agreed on a first version of Guidelines on how to use "marks" in ITU-T Recommendations.

    The group also discussed on what might define an "Open Standard" from the perspective of standardization work in ITU, and the preliminary outcome was annexed to the meeting report. Even though it does not constitute an ITU-T definition, it may be useful to help progress the discussions elsewhere in ITU.


    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 10:48:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
    • ITU-T Patent Statement and Licensing Declaration Database (as at 07 April 2005)
      [Download Zipped Word file or PDF file] [README]
    • General Patent Statement and Licensing Declaration Database (as at 07 April 2005)
      [Download Word file or PDF file] [README]
    Software Copyrights
    • ITU-T Software Copyright Statement and Licensing Declaration Database (updated: 24 March 2005) 
      [Download Word file or PDF file] [README]
    IPR (Policy, Guidelines, Forms)
    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 10:34:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
    The TSB Director's Ad Hoc Group on IPR is responsible for studies relating to
    • ITU-T Patent Policy and its guidelines for implementation,
    • Software Copyright guidelines,
    • Marks guidelines

    and their associated issues.

    The membership of the group is open to all ITU-T and ITU-R members. Non-members can participate in meetings/reflector discussions at the invitation of the TSB Director.


    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 10:31:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 


    • ITU-T Patent Policy
    • Guidelines for Implementation of ITU-T Patent Policy
      [Download Word or PDF file]
    • Patent Statement and Licensing Declaration form
      [Download Word or PDF file]
    • Patent Statement and Licensing Declaration form for a common or twin text ITU-T Recommendation | ISO/IEC International Standard
      [Download Word or PDF file]
    • General Patent Statement and Licensing Declaration form
      [Download Word or PDF file]
    • README
    • ITU-T Patents Database

    Software copyrights


    • ITU-T Guidelines related to the inclusion of Marks in ITU-T Recommendations
      [Download Word or PDF file]

    TSB Director's Ad Hoc IPR Group

    Databases related to IPR

    Wednesday, 04 May 2005 10:17:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, 03 May 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, 03 May 2005 13:28:19 (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, 03 May 2005 13:25:22 (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, 03 May 2005 11:33:08 (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, 03 May 2005 11:24:21 (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, 03 May 2005 11:15:53 (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, 03 May 2005 11:10:26 (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, 03 May 2005 11:05:43 (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, 03 May 2005 10:59:52 (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, 03 May 2005 10:46:55 (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, 03 May 2005 10:42:43 (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, 03 May 2005 10:35:15 (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, 03 May 2005 09:00:20 (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, 03 May 2005 08:57:17 (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, 03 May 2005 08:36:10 (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, 03 May 2005 08:32:46 (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, 03 May 2005 08:29:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |