September has got off to a flying start as
far as next-generation networks (NGN) work in ITU is concerned. The important
milestone of the Release 1 set of standards is on track for November and
sufficient momentum has been achieved to ensure that the next stages of NGN
work will be carried out with similar efficiency.
The continuation of the NGN study by ITU
will be re-branded the NGN-Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI).
Houlin Zhao, Director of TSB, ITU-T’s
secretariat said: “I am very pleased with the progress and the results achieved
by the Focus Group on next-generation networks (FGNGN). These first
results will provide the building blocks on which the world’s systems vendors
and service providers can start to make this monumental shift to NGN. We have
the momentum, the tools and the will to continue this significant and important
Agreement on a future plan is clear and
the Focus Group on next-generation networks (FGNGN) has been putting the finishing touches to Release 1
before formally submitting it into the Study Group system.
The FGNGN met in Geneva 24 August – 2 September alongside
meetings of Study Groups 11, 13 and 19, themselves all having elements of NGN work. Each FGNGN meeting has
seen increased participation and contributions according to management.
The group chaired by Chae-Sub Lee of Korea
is expecting to see completion of its Release 1 set of standards, at its
November 2005 meeting in London,
UK. A one day briefing
session following that meeting will serve as an overview of the work, as well
as an opportunity to promote future direction and business drivers.
The first draft of an allocation table for
the distribution of work following the November meeting was also agreed. This
type of activity as well as the development of a prototype project management
tool, is seen as important in order to keep NGN work, that cuts across the
study groups, aligned, coherent and consistent.
According to FGNGN chairman Lee, an
important focus of the work at this Geneva
meeting are the quality of service (QoS) aspects that will allow – for example
– services like IPTV to be offered with the same broadcast quality as
traditional TV. The Focus Group expects that there will be more than ten
deliverables on QoS that will be submitted into the Study Group system for
approval as ITU-T products such as Recommendations. Additionally the topic of
fixed-mobile convergence saw much discussion in the meeting according to Lee.
FGNGN also saw the
document that describes the scope for NGN standards in ITU reaching near
maturity, an important step, according to meeting insiders. The document that
gives an overview of what Release 1 is expected to cover in terms of services,
capabilities and high level objectives was described in the meeting’s report as
‘very stable’. Additionally much progress was made on another crucial document describing
Release 1 requirements.