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 Friday, 08 July 2005

The ITU together with World Standards Cooperation (WSC) partners ISO and IEC are acknowledged as “the most important” of the 49 international standardizing bodies in the World Trade Report 2005, just published by the WTO (the World Trade Organisation), in an analysis of “Trade, Standards and the WTO”.

The report underlines the important benefits that standards can deliver in terms of information for consumers, environmental protection and compatibility of related goods and services.

“International standards help ensure technical compatibility across countries and convey information to consumers about products that have been produced abroad or processes that took place in another country,” the report states, adding, “International standards thus reduce transaction costs and facilitate international trade.”



Friday, 08 July 2005 14:18:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU members are being asked to complete a questionnaire to assess the global impact of ICT standards. The call comes as part of a project (NO-REST) funded by the European Commission. 

NO-REST aims to provide insight that will enable better standards building in the future. Additionally, it will look at standards setting organizations, such as ITU, to assess whether the developer of a particular standard influences its performance and success. The results will enable NO-REST to develop guidelines, which may assist in choosing the ideal standards setting organization for producing a particular standard.

The results of this survey will be made available at the ITU-hosted SIIT 2005 conference in Geneva, September 21-23. 

Dr. Knut Blind, the co-ordinator of NO-REST, was also responsible for the study - Economic Benefits of Standardization, published by DIN, the German institute of standardization. The project was one of the first attempts to put a monetary value on standardization. It found that Europe's economy and businesses greatly benefit from the application of standards. Blind together with other researchers has recently produced a similar paper for the United Kingdom. The Empirical Economics of Standards was funded and published by the British Department of Trade and Industry.


Friday, 08 July 2005 14:15:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The advisory panel for standards cooperation on telecommunications related to motor vehicles (APSC TELEMOV) met recently in Geneva.

The meeting followed up on some of the recommendations of the recent ITU-T workshop The Fully Networked Car - a Workshop on ICT in Motor Vehicles. Specifically this involved the developing of an action plan and a number of agreements for participation in other events as well as increased cooperation with other players in the field.

According to Paul Najarian Director of Telecommunication and Standards, for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the advisory panel has already seen much success in terms of enhancing cooperation between ITU, ISO, ETSI, and others.

Importantly, Najarian said the group is already witnessing close cooperation between ITU-T Study Group 12 and ISO/TC22 on vehicles in the area of HMI (human machine interface). This cooperation will lead to the submission of a study Question to SG12. Another study Question on eCall (emergency call notification) will be submitted to an ITU-T study group, although it has not been decided which one. 

Given the similarities between vehicular networks and home networks, the group has agreed to participate and provide speakers for the October 2005 workshop Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking. It also expects to participate and provide speakers for the 2006 workshop on RFID. Additionally an advisory group representative will speak on ITS and multimedia at the upcoming ITU-T Study Group 16 meeting.

Participants have also agreed to cooperate with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in order to develop a world report on ITS Standards.



Friday, 08 July 2005 14:06:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 04 July 2005

Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking
Geneva, 13 - 14 October 2005


ITU-T will host a Workshop entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking” on 13-14 October 2005 in Geneva.

Home Networking is the linking of all types of electronic devices for applications such as entertainment, telecommunication, home automation systems and telemetry (remote control and monitoring systems). And given the wide range of previously unrelated technologies involved, standards that allow for interoperability are seen as key to the successful marketing of the concept.

The event is organized by Study Group 9, in cooperation with several other ITU-T Study Groups and organizations outside of ITU. It follows the Workshop on Home Networking and Home Services held 17-18 June 2004, Tokyo.

Study Group 9 has been working on standardization in home networking systems for more than four years. It has already approved three Recommendations in the field. A current focus is a new Recommendation that will specify ways to bridge conditional access systems (that ensure payment in pay TV for example) to digital rights management (DRM) systems, an important step toward smooth operation of fully integrated home networking.


Monday, 04 July 2005 16:51:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 01 July 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.


Friday, 01 July 2005 15:15:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The standardization sector of ITU (ITU-T), together with its development sector (ITU-D) are staging a seminar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Standardization of the NGN and ICT Services Development, 5-7 July.

The event follows the invitation of the Communications and Information Agency of Uzbekistan which has also collaborated in the organization of the event.

The objectives of the seminar are to discuss the current trends, status and future evolution of next generation network (NGN) standards, as being addressed by the ITU-T. Central to this discussion will be to ask what areas of technology innovation hold the greatest promise for NGNs and what are the most innovative applications and services possible? Issues revolving around NGN architecture, NGN technology and quality of service requirements and evolutions will also be explored.

Friday, 01 July 2005 09:03:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 30 June 2005

Next meeting of Study Group 13 - Next Generation Networks

Geneva, 29 August - 9 September 2005

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 3/13 for more information.

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Thursday, 30 June 2005 13:58:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A call for presentations has been issued for the upcoming workshop, Mobile Communications & Fixed/Mobile Convergence - the realities going forward. The event is to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, 12 - 14 September 2005 and will look at the current status of fixed-mobile convergence and examine what the future holds.

There are now more mobile users than fixed users globally. In many countries, the ratio of mobile to fixed users is heavily in favour of mobile. This demographic shift requires an essential re-examination of the relationship between fixed and mobile networks. ‘Mobility’ plays a key role in the development of next generation networks (NGN).

It is anticipated that case studies illustrating examples of convergence from around the world will help to identify the needs and action plans for the region that this event is being held in.

Presentations should highlight ongoing work in ITU and elsewhere on mobile telecommunications networks, in particular the work on IMT-2000, fixed mobile convergence and guidelines on the transition of existing mobile networks to IMT-2000 / NGN.

The deadline to submit abstracts (maximum 400 words) and biographies (maximum 200 words) is 31 July 2005. Submissions may be sent via e-mail to:


Thursday, 30 June 2005 08:48:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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 ITU’s 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 — the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) — 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)  #     |