(18 November) that ITU’s Focus Group on NGN (FGNGN) has completed work on the first set of
standards for next generation networks (NGN) marks a significant step towards a
fundamental reworking of the world’s information and communications
technologies networks. With NGN, network operators hope to replicate the level
of service and reliability that customers have come to expect in
telecommunication systems across all ICT networks.
reached with the launch of the Release 1 set of specifications has been
achieved in a very short time by members of ITU’s Focus Group on NGN (FGNGN).
FGNGN is made up of representatives of the world’s telecoms service and network
providers, manufacturers and governments.
companies around the world are starting to make the move from the traditional
circuit switched networks that have essentially been in place since the earliest
days of telecommunications to an Internet Protocol (IP) based system that will
create cost efficiencies and allow a much greater level of diversity for
service providers. Release 1 will serve as an invaluable tool to facilitate
within the 900 pages of ‘deliverables’ are some of the high-level architecture
and frameworks for NGN. ITU’s next phase of NGN work – to be called the NGN-GSI
(for global standards initiative) - will focus on the detailed protocols
necessary to offer the wide range of services expected in NGN. It is also
expected that the GSI will aim to harmonize different approaches to NGN
architecture in different parts of the world.
Houlin Zhao, Director of the
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU said: “Industry is backing NGN to
the tune of billions of dollars. And ITU is very proud that the world’s
manufacturers of telecoms equipment, network and service providers and
administrations have entrusted us with this work. They understand that global
standards will stimulate innovation and superior technology and enable
interoperability, protecting current and future investment. ITU is the only
body in the world that will be able to offer the necessary convergence between
different NGN platforms on a global basis if they emerge.”
extending the reliability of telecoms networks into Internet Protocol based systems
is key to the success of NGN, quality of service (QoS) specifications have been
a strong focus of NGN work. Additionally, security aspects, universal access
and the separation of services from the underlying network have been important
NGN-GSI will build on the momentum generated over the past year. The period
2004-2005 has seen meetings and workshops progressing work on NGN around the world.
Participation in and contributions to this work are continuing to increase.
phase of ITU-T NGN work will see a significant re-organization of work
schedules to ensure that experts from different Study Groups are able to meet
at the same time. The meeting schedule has also been designed to maintain the
brisk pace established during the first phase of the NGN work, and to meet members’