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 Friday, July 17, 2009
The new ITU-T G.711.0 standard will give increased efficiency to ITU-T G.711, the most used voice coding in global telephony systems.

The key selling point for customers and operators alike is the fact that G.711.0 gives as much as a 50 percent reduction in bandwidth use while showing absolutely no degradation of sound quality, thanks to its lossless compression algorithm.

Solid support for the standard by some of the major players – operators and vendors – means that we will likely see quick implementation in products.

Experts say that the standard has very low computational complexity and is thus very easy to implement on a wide range of telecommunication/ICT platforms.

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Friday, July 17, 2009 9:14:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Achieving climate justice is in the interest of all countries and citizens. This was a conclusion of the recent ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change, Quito, Ecuador, 8-10 July 2009, the first ITU Symposium on the topic in a developing country and the first to focus on the concerns of the Americas.

Participants agreed that global effort to combat climate change should not impede the economic and social growth of developing countries and that bridging the digital divide and bringing the benefits of ICTs to all citizens is fundamental to tackling climate change. They recognized that while Latin American and Caribbean countries are minor contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they are often victims of the extreme weather events and other negative impacts of climate change.

Equitable access and ensuring connectivity to schools, rural communities and health facilities are vital to economic development and to making effective use of ICTs to combat climate change. Increased deployment of affordable broadband will help facilitate this participants agreed.  

The conclusions of the symposium also acknowledged the growing problem of e-waste while highlighting the positive role of ICTs as enabling technologies to reduce GHG emissions in other sectors. Increased use of clean renewable energy sources and preservation of the jungles, savannah and oceans, the conclusion says, are key to the future and a real opportunity in Latin America.

Equitable solutions must be found so that the major contributors to GHG emissions cooperate with the countries that are suffering most from climatic impacts or those that are making efforts against deforestation, in particular through reduction of the digital divide and the environmental divide.

The Symposium was attended by 60 virtual as well as 450 physical attendees from 20 countries and was hosted by Centro Internacional de Investigación Científica en Telecomunicaciones, Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (CITIC) Ecuador. The Symposium was chaired by Ing. Jorge Glas Espinel, representing the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Economist Rafael Correa.

A meeting report containing a general summary of the event will be made available from the symposium website.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:20:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Meeting of NGN-GSI - Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–12 September 2009

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:39:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of IPTV-GSI - IPTV Global Standards Initiative

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–8 September 2009

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:35:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T SG 13 Meeting, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–12 September 2009

Meeting of Study Group 13 - Future networks including mobile and NGN

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–12 September 2009

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See ITU-T SG 13 Collective Letter 3 for more information.

Study Group 13 Home

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:31:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of Study Group 11 - Signalling requirements, protocols and test specifications

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2–10 September 2009

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See ITU-T SG 11 Collective Letter 3 for more information.

Study Group 11 Home

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:14:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of SG2 RG-ARB - Regional Group of SG2 in the ARAB Region

Beirut, Lebanon, 8 July 2009

See ITU-T SG 2 RG-ARB Collective Letter 1 for more information.

SG 2 RG-ARB Home

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:05:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 02, 2009

Participation of Telus Communications Inc. as an Associate of ITU-T Study Group 15

Thursday, July 02, 2009 3:43:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 29, 2009
ITU will hold a Consultation meeting to capture the views of all stakeholders with regards to Resolution 76: Studies related to conformance and interoperability testing, assistance to developing countries, and a possible future ITU mark programme.

Participants will learn how conformity assessment can be beneficial to all stakeholders, increasing the probability of interoperability, quality of standards and quality of service. Those wishing to submit contributions to the discussion should send them to tsbworkshops@itu.int by 11 July 2009.

2008’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) addressed conformance and interoperability testing resulting in the first Resolution on the topic. The aim is to have ITU-T Study Groups more actively involved in developing test suites in key areas of ICTs and to have ITU-T’s secretariat (TSB) assist developing countries in their capacity to conduct tests. This includes the planning and creation of their own test facilities.

More information and registration details here.

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Monday, June 29, 2009 6:19:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Participation of Renesas Technology Corp. as an Associate of ITU-T Study Group 16

Monday, June 29, 2009 3:42:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU has given first stage approval (consent) to a new standard that enables an IPTV end user to locate and subscribe to content coming from different, independent service providers.

The standard will enable a greater deal of choice for end-users and will help service providers offer a more competitive package.

Recommendation ITU-T H.770 - Mechanisms for service discovery and selection for IPTV - describes the mechanisms for service provider discovery, service discovery and selection. Services such as linear TV and video-on-demand are addressed with metadata that describes programming and delivery protocols detailed.

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Monday, June 29, 2009 2:32:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A new portal bringing together many standardization resources on accessibility has been launched.

The page is a one stop shop for accessibility resources with links to all ITU-T work areas, tools, workshops, news, photos and other resources. For example it carries links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, an ITU Tutorial: "Making ITU Accessible: Web Design, Web Conferencing and Real Time Web Captioning" and the G3ict-ITU Toolkit for Policy Makers on e-Accessibility & Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities.

In addition it links to the Telecommunications Accessibility Checklist which allows standards authors to ensure that they are taking into account the needs of those to whom accessibility to ICTs are restricted. The checklist is a tool which helps to ensure that accessibility needs are taken into account at an early stage of the standards development process, rather than "retrofitted".

The new page can be found at:  http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/accessibility/index.html

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Monday, June 29, 2009 10:02:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |