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 Friday, May 15, 2009

The fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (Lisbon, 2009) invited ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks including mobile and NGN) to accelerate its work on cloud and grid computing, noting that increased use of services and applications including cloud and grid computing may result in the need for flexible networks to accommodate unforeseen demands.

A recently published ITU-T Technology Watch Report titled “Distributed Computing: Utilities, Grids and Clouds” describes the advent of clouds and grids, the applications they enable, and their potential impact on future standardization. The report is available to download here.

Cloud computing is receiving a lot of press attention with the announcement of new projects seemingly on a daily basis. A recent example is the Digital Japan Creation Project. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) revealed plans to build a massive cloud computing infrastructure to support all of the government’s IT systems. Read more at Green Telecom Live.

Called tentatively the Kasumigaseki Cloud (literally Fort of Fog), the new infrastructure will be built in stages from now until 2015. The goal of the project is to consolidate all government IT systems into a single cloud infrastructure to improve operational efficiency and reduce cost.

According to the MIC, the Kasumigaseki Cloud will eliminate the need for individual ministries to maintain their own IT systems by consolidating current data centres, and allow each ministries to use only the computer resources necessary through the cloud platform.
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Friday, May 15, 2009 8:09:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 14, 2009
Networking vendor Ciena has announced plans to deploy 100 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) Ethernet network equipment to connect NYSE Euronext’s New York and London datacenters. The equipment will connect the respective trading floors over a single optical wavelength with the lowest latency possible.
 
Expected to be operational in 2010, the network equipment will make use of an upcoming extension of ITU-T G.709/Y.1331 currently under discussion in Study Group 15, ITU-T’s Study Group on optical transport networks and access network infrastructures.

G.709/Y.1331 defines “Interfaces for the Optical Transport Network (OTN)”. OTN is presently offered at three bit rates, OTU1 (~2.7 Gb/s), OTU2 (~10.7 Gb/s) and OTU3 (~43 Gb/s), where the latter corresponds to the highest bandwidth on a single wavelength commercially deployed today.

OTU4 will define a transport interface capable of carrying the 100 Gigabit Ethernet client signal studied in IEEE’s P802.3ba 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force.

Also see background papers by NORDUnet, Nortel and NTT describing the transition to 100G and the related standardization activities.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009 1:43:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A two day Forum on Implementation of decisions of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly-08 (WTSA-08) will take place in Accra, Ghana, 16 to 17 June 2009.

The event hosted by the Ministry of Communications, Ghana will review WTSA-08 results from an African perspective and consider how to implement those Resolutions that are of interest to the region. Participants will share experiences in order to identify areas of cooperation and to establish priorities and an action plan to ensure that they gain most benefit from the WTSA-08 Resolutions.

Leading representatives from governments, regulators, industry and academia will join with operators and service providers from the African region. Key topics to be discussed include conformity and interoperability testing, IP-based networks, misappropriation of numbering resources, cybersecurity initiatives, IPv6 and CIRTs. 

Other topics include environment and climate change, accessibility, measurement concerns related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields, and emergency communications.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:51:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 11, 2009

Participation of Brilliant Telecommunications, Inc. as an Associate of ITU-T Study Group 15

Monday, May 11, 2009 3:37:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 08, 2009

Episode 1 of TelecomTV's Green Planet features Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU, talking about ITU's ICTs and Climate Change initiative.

The Green Planet series provides an overview of different elements of Sustainable ICT. Featuring leading scientists, politicians and heads of industry from across the globe, Green Planet is a timely and fascinating examination of issues and solutions that will change the world.

Watch here.

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Friday, May 08, 2009 4:28:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 04, 2009

Participation of Yaana Technologies, LLC as an Associate of ITU-T Study Group 17

Monday, May 04, 2009 3:36:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) concluding its three day meeting 30 April agreed on how work on ICTs and environment including climate change and recycling will be distributed in ITU-T. This follows its approval of the report of the Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change and will formalize the Focus Group’s output as ITU-T Recommendations (see previous newslog) – including a methodology for evaluating the effects of ICTs on climate change - both in direct terms and how ICTs can reduce emission in other industry sectors.

Study Group 5 was chosen as the lead study group and will be renamed the Study Group on Environment and Climate Change to reflect its new mandate. SG 5 remains the lead Study Group for protection against electromagnetic effects.

Specifically SG 5 will work on documents related to:

  • Study of methodologies for calculating the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from ICTs, and the amount of reduction in the GHG emissions in other sectors as a result of using ICTs.
  • Creation of a framework for energy efficiency in the ICT field, taking account of WTSA Resolution 73.
  • Study of methodologies for power feeding that effectively reduce power consumption and resource usage.
  • Study of methodologies that reduce environmental effects for ICT facilities and equipment such as recycling,

Study Group 5 will next meet 25-29 May in Geneva and is likely to establish a new working party to address these issues. The many organisations that contributed to the work of the Focus Group will be open to contribute at the invitation of the Study Group chairman.

In addition a Joint Coordination Activity (JCA) will ensure that the work across ITU-T’s study groups is focused on delivering climate change focused standards in a timely and efficient way. Essentially the group will aim to see that standards are developed in the most appropriate way and that no duplication of effort occurs. It will also provide a single point of contact for ICT and Climate Change activities in ITU-T and seek collaboration from external bodies working in the field. It is expected that the work of the JCA will be carried out mainly via web-conferencing tools.

Full details will be published on the website of Study Group 5 and a soon to be created JCA page.

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Monday, May 04, 2009 2:06:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |