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 Wednesday, 29 June 2005

The deployment of NGNs will create a great opportunity for new services offering, more integrated features, and a more extensible and flexible platform for future applications. NGN is a key area of study for ITU-T study groups. Based upon the Internet Protocol (IP), the convergence between public switched telephone network (PSTN), digital subscriber line (DSL), cable television (CATV), wireless local area network (WLAN) and mobile technologies is a task that many believe would be impossible without the development of global NGN standards.

The NGN concept takes account of a new situation in telecommunications, characterized by many factors: open competition between operators due to the deregulation of markets, explosion of digital traffic, e.g. due to the increasing use of the Internet, the demand from users for new multimedia services requiring higher bandwidth and the new user necessity for a generalized mobility.

ITU-T involvement in NGN started in early 2002. Since that time many workshops have been organized in order to widen the scope of ITUís work on IP-based networks and later on NGN and explore specific issues that impact both ITU and other standards developing organizations (SDOs). A Joint Rapporteur Group (JRG-NGN) initiated standardization work on NGN in September 2003 and the effort was later strengthened by the establishment of the focus group on NGN, in June 2004. Currently many ITU-T study groups are involved in NGN standardization work and SG13 is the Lead SG for NGN.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2005 09:12:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Grid computing enables the virtualization of distributed computing and data resources such as processing, network bandwidth and storage capacity to create a single system image, granting users and applications seamless access to vast IT capabilities. Just as an Internet user views a unified instance of content via the Web, a grid user essentially sees a single, large virtual computer.

At its core, Grid computing is based on an open set of standards and protocols ó the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) ó that enable communication across heterogeneous, geographically dispersed environments. With Grid computing, organizations can optimize computing and data resources, pool them for large capacity workloads, share them across networks and enable collaboration.

Main Standardization areas are as follows:
  • Grid Middleware
  • Grid Data management
  • Grid Security
  • Grid User environment
  • OGSA

Discussion on grids in the telecoms community, involves more than just how to provide bigger pipes, there are a number of other areas of interest. At a simple level, telecommunication service providers could use grids internally, for billing and simulations for example. They could also offer grid managed services, or act as service brokers.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2005 09:08:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Many experts are suggesting that we are at the beginning of an era of 'technological ubiquity'. In terms of information and communications technologies (ICT) the mobile phone is the device that has come closest to achieving ubiquity. But, it is the diffusion of mobile phones together with the rapid technological progress of the past 30 years which has seen the doubling of microprocessor power every 18 months, the availability of very fast, small and cheap computers and the rise of the Internet which is seen as the real foundation of technological ubiquity.

And in the near future, microcomputers that are invisible to the human eye and that are embedded in everything from cars, pencils, clothes and banknotes are foreseen. These electronic devices could be networked together enabling an environment of smart networked objects. This environment will take advantage of short-range communications technologies such as Bluetooth and radio frequency identification (RFID), which could be integrated into mobile phones. Exploiting the identification, localization and monitoring functionalities of these technologies will create a range of possibilities enabling innovative new products and services. In turn, as these smart objects communicate with each other, this will result in an increase in data traffic, market growth and increased profit.

International collaboration between standardization bodies is crucial in the realization of this goal. Without international standards interoperability will be difficult if not impossible and these bodies are also in the best position to establish rules to guarantee the privacy of users. Ubiquitous applications must be linked to trusted mechanisms that ensure privacy in order to be successful.

ITU-T aims to encourage industry, academia and international institutions to participate in the Technology Watch Correspondence Groups where they will find a common platform to share views, ideas and needs to stimulate discussion and kick-start work.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2005 09:06:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 28 June 2005

ITU-Tís Technology Watch was created following a decision by the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-04) in October 2004. Technology Watch will survey the ICT environment, focusing on new/emerging technologies and examining market trends in order to capture new topics for standardization work.The terms of reference for the group were established at a meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), March 2005.

Develop timely market-oriented international standards on specific topics
Increase cooperation between research institutes, academia, private sector, forums and consortia
Align and harmonize the studies and research among different standards developing organizations (SDOs), therefore avoiding duplication of work

Technology Watch Correspondence Groups
Technology Watch Correspondence Groups provide a platform for members and non-members, to share views, ideas and needs on new emerging technologies.

Gathering Info on New Technologies
Those that are working at the cutting edge of technology - universities, research and development bodies, industries etc - will find in Technology Watch a platform to discuss and observe emerging technologies and subsequently their need for standardization. As technologies mature the need for international standards becomes more important and so Technology Watch seeks to bring together all interested parties, from all over the world.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2005 14:17:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Two technical sessions were given at the last meeting of Study Group 5 in Geneva. Study Group 5 is the ITU-T group that looks at protection against electromagnetic environment effects. Technical sessions are tutorials on a specific subject that aim to provide background for the preparation of new standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on these topics.

The first session was on security, and was presented by William Radasky, Chairman of IEC SC 77C (high power transient phenomena). Radaskyís lectures dealt with electromagnetic threats such as high power electromagnetic phenomena and its effect on systems and mitigation methods. This will help SG5 prepare recommendations  to protect telecommunication systems against malicious man-made high power transient phenomena. Radasky also detailed IECís work which will help ITU-T experts avoid duplication of their work.

The second session was on home networking and was in collaboration with Study Group 9. The SG 9 contribution was in the areas of architecture, transport technology, security, quality of service and management of home networks. SG 5ís contributions were in the areas of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic security and electromagnetic emission issues in the home environment.


Wednesday, 22 June 2005 11:25:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Workshop on "New Horizons for Security Standardization"
Geneva, 3 - 4 October 2005

An ITU-T workshop - New Horizons for Security Standardization - will take place at ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, 3 - 4 October 2005, prior to a meeting of Study Group 17.


The overall objectives of the workshop are to help address information and communications security issues and promote increased cooperation between organizations engaged in security standardization work. Consideration will also be given to issues of adoption and implementation of security standards. In particular, the workshop will:

  • seek to find out from stakeholders (e.g., network operators, system developers, users etc.) what are their primary security concerns/issues?
  • determine where ITU-T and other standards development organizations (SDOs) can most effectively play a role in helping address the issues (i.e., which issues are amenable to a standards solution?);
  • identify which SDOs are working on these issues or are best equipped to do so; and
  • agree on next steps for security standardization.


Wednesday, 22 June 2005 08:36:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 21 June 2005

ITU Seminar on Standardization of the NGN and ICT Services Development
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 5 - 7 July 2005


At the kind invitation of and in close collaboration with the Communications and Information Agency of Uzbekistan, the ITU-D (International Telecommunication Union - Development Sector) and ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union - Standardization Sector), are organizing a Seminar on Standardization of the NGN and ICT Services Development, for CIS and Baltic States. The Seminar will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 5-7 July 2005.

The objectives of the seminar are two fold: first, to discuss the current trends, status and future evolution of Next Generation Networks standards, as being addressed by the ITU-T. Central to these are: what areas of technology innovation hold the greatest promise for NGNs; what are the most innovative applications and services possible with NGNs? The issues revolving around NGN architecture, NGN technology and quality of service requirements and evolutions will be explored.


Tuesday, 21 June 2005 17:42:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 20 June 2005

20-24 June, 2005, Grimstad, Norway

The SDL Forum is held every two years and has become the most important event in the calendar for anyone involved in system design languages and technologies. It is the primary conference event where the evolution of these languages is discussed. The SDL Forum Society that runs the Forum is a non-profit organisation established by language users and tool providers to promote and develop the set of modelling languages recommended by ITU (abstract syntax notation one (ASN.1), message sequence chart (MSC), specification and description language (SDL), extended object definition language (eODL), tree and tabular confined notation (TTCN) and user requirements notation (URN)).

There is a significant convergence between the languages specified by ITU-T and the set of unified modeling language (UML) notations offered by OMG (Object Management Group), which are usually covered in the ACM/IEEE
International Conferences on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems. To take this convergence into account, the scope of the SDL Forum conference has been extended to include the use of precise UML models, combining the strong areas of the ITU languages with the pragmatics of UML to produce profitable code and effective implementations.

The SDL Forum addresses topics related to the modelling and analysis of reactive systems, distributed systems such as telecommunications, automotive, aerospace and web-based applications. The intended audience includes users of modelling techniques (in industrial research and standardization contexts), tool vendors, and language researchers.

For more information about the conference and the ITU-T meeting, please see the web page at: and, respectively.


Monday, 20 June 2005 08:20:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |