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 Thursday, 19 March 2009

Participation of Libyana Mobile Phone as a Sector Member of ITU-T

Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:51:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new Technology Watch report examines Distributed Computing: Utilities, Grids and Clouds.

A key conclusion is that increased focus on standards for interfaces will enable commoditization of clouds and grids and ensure interoperability.

Expanding communication networks, combined with the growth of affordable broadband in developed countries, has enabled organizations to share their computational resources. What originally started as grid computing, temporarily using remote supercomputers or clusters of mainframes to address scientific problems too large or too complex to be solved on in-house infrastructures, has evolved into service-oriented business models that offer physical and virtual resources on a pay as you go basis – as an alternative to often idle, in-house data centers and stringent license agreements.

The report describes the advent of these new forms of distributed computing, notably grid and cloud computing, the applications that they enable, and their potential impact on future standardization.

Distributed Computing: Utilities, Grids and Clouds is available to download here.

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Thursday, 19 March 2009 09:34:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 18 March 2009
ITU-T’s work on IPTV standards has progressed significantly in recent weeks with a raft of new specifications agreed.

The work has moved on from the foundation documents containing high-level architectures and frameworks to more detailed specifications. Experts say that this is an important milestone that will allow manufacturers to start implementing the specifications in their products.

A standardized IPTV environment could mean an end to walled-garden approaches where subscribers are limited to content from a particular service provider. It would for example make it easier for ex-pat subscribers to consume content from their countries of origin.

Among standards consented or approved recently include Recommendation ITU-T H.720 which gives the overview of the architecture and functional components of an IPTV terminal device and provides a high-level description of functionality necessary to support IPTV services. Also key is ITU-T H.721 which describes and specifies the functionalities of IPTV terminal devices such as set-top boxes and digital TV sets for IPTV basic services. The Recommendation also takes into consideration such conditions on content delivery as QoS.

Below is a list of recent ITU standards approved or ‘consented’ by ITU-T’s Study Group 16:

 - Rec. H.701 - Content Delivery Error Recovery for IPTV services
 - Rec. H.721 - IPTV Terminal Device: Basic Model
 - Rec. H.760 - Overview of Multimedia Application Frameworks for IPTV
 - Rec. H.761 - Nested Context Language (NCL) and Ginga-NCL for IPTV
 - Rec. H.720 - Overview of IPTV terminal devices and end systems
 - Rec. H.750 - High-level specification of metadata for IPTV services
 - Rec. H.622.1 - Architecture and functional requirements for home networks supporting IPTV services

In addition a Technical Paper has been approved that addresses the use of audio coding in services delivered over IPTV

See also New IPTV standard supports global rollout.

Membership of ITU-T gives exclusive rights to access working documents of standards under development – tomorrow’s ICTs. The vast majority of all Recommendations are available in electronic (PDF) form free of charge to all once a final editing process is complete.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009 16:07:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Participation of Compuware Corporation as an Associate of ITU-T Study Group 2

Wednesday, 18 March 2009 15:41:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU together with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) will hold a Forum on Next Generation Network (NGN) Standardization, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 7 - 10 April 2009.

The event will examine the latest developments in NGNs including architecture, service requirements, network capabilities and migration. Case studies will allow attendees to learn from existing and ongoing NGN deployments from Asia-Pacific and beyond. Participants will also be kept up-to-date on recent changes to ITU-T working methods and its new mandate relating to IPv6.

Sessions will additionally focus on cybersecurity, ICTs and climate change, traffic accounting principles and QoS. There will be discussion of policy, regulatory and developmental issues related to NGNs and a report on the main results of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08).

NGN growth in Asia-Pacific is in different stages of development. In a climate of many complex economic, technological, strategic and operational considerations, including the cost of implementation, changing marketplaces, complex migration scenarios and regulatory uncertainties, the role and importance of standardization is highlighted more than ever before.

By leveraging on the experiences of renowned experts in the ICT field, the conference aims to allow participants to explore a wide spectrum of NGN standardization and related topics, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Click here for details.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009 09:43:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 16 March 2009

Participation of Mobyland Sp. z.o.o. as an ITU-T Sector Member

Monday, 16 March 2009 15:35:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Clarifications regarding work on MPLS functionality to address the needs of the transport network were made at the December meeting of Study Group 15 (see previous newslog entry) with experts from the IETF and ITU-T present.

The two organizations have been working on the development of a transport profile for MPLS technology referred to as “MPLS-TP”.

IETF and ITU management have again underlined their commitment to work together in the interest of the ICT industry and its customers.

Key agreements are clarified in a document here.

In summary it says:

  • There is no agreement, or proposal to cancel or deprecate the [ITU-T] T-MPLS Recommendations currently in force.
  • It was clarified that the statement that ITU-T would "terminate work on current T-MPLS" should be understood to mean that ITU-T will not undertake any further work to progress T-MPLS.
  • There is no intent to prevent the ITU-T from having a future role in MPLS-TP standardization.

The following agreements were reached concerning current T-MPLS:

  • The current T-MPLS Recommendations remain in force, unchanged, until the next updates that will result in aligning them with the jointly developed MPLS-TP architecture.
  • There will be no other update (amendment, revision) to these Recommendations prior to the ones for aligning with MPLS-TP, at which time the name will be changed to reflect the new content.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2009 10:56:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 26 February 2009
ITU-T has made public a database tracking test signals applicable to uses such as testing end-to-end quality of telecoms systems, compliance to specific ITU standards (ITU-T Recommendations) and performance assessment of certain types of telecom terminals.

The ITU-T Test Signals for Telecommunication Systems  database currently contains 15 gigabytes of audio, still image, video signals and encoded bitstreams. It is a “one-stop shop” for data found within ITU-T Recommendations. Some of this material was previously available only in physical media (such as CDs or DVDs), and can now be downloaded for free.

Database entries are augmented with explanations and links to the corresponding Recommendations.

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Thursday, 26 February 2009 09:37:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |