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 Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Initiative will boost market confidence in ICT products

Geneva, 3 November, 2009 — ITU will implement measures that will give purchasers of ICT equipment a much clearer picture of that equipment’s ability to interoperate with other ICT devices. A key component of this new conformity and interoperability programme will be a global database that will log products declaring conformity to ITU standards (ITU-T Recommendations).

The programme will support much more informed purchasing decisions for end users – be they companies or consumers - and has the potential to widen markets, increase competition and decrease costs. It will allow purchasers to freely consult a comprehensive global database to check whether a product conforms to ITU standards, or will work with other network elements.

Lack of conformity and interoperability of ICT equipment is a major concern, especially in developing countries. Addressing interoperability is one of the founding principles of the ITU, and the new programme seeks to significantly reduce the problems that have faced service providers and others and bring renewed confidence to the market.

Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: "A dizzying array of similar products can sometimes make purchasing decisions difficult. Interoperability is at the heart of what ITU does, so we have put in place procedures that will greatly assist those faced with often complex buying decisions. This new programme will significantly reduce the problems telcos, ICT service providers, businesses and consumers face, including unwittingly being locked into proprietary solutions. I believe this initiative is of great significance in our efforts to bridge the digital divide, but will be equally beneficial to those in the developed world."

The new ITU programme will also focus on skills training and the development of regional testing centres for developing countries. It will be voluntary and open to ITU members and non-members alike.

Conformity to ITU-T Recommendations will be declared only via accredited laboratories or certifiers; testing will not carried out by ITU itself. Once accepted and entered into the new database, products will be given a unique identifier which can be referenced by the manufacturing company.

ITU-T Study Groups are actively developing standards for conformity and interoperability testing - for example, test suites for IPTV – which can be used by external certifiers.

As part of the new programme ITU will also organize a series of interoperability events that will allow two or more vendors to get together to verify that their equipment interoperates satisfactorily. An interoperability declaration can then be added to the database. ITU will also hold regional workshops and tutorials on conformity assessment and interoperability.

Research on how to implement a standards conformity and interoperability programme was initiated with the adoption of Resolution 76 at ITU’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08). The recent session of ITU’s governing council (20-30 October, 2009) has now given the formal go-ahead.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Parkes
ITU Media Relations
+41 22 730 6135
+41 79 599 1439
pressinfo@itu.int

Toby Johnson
ITU Senior Communications Officer
+41 22 730 5877
+41 79 249 4868
toby.johnson@itu.int

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009 11:20:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 29, 2009
ITU is to host a workshop - Greening the Internet - 17 November 2009 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, as part of 4th IGF (Internet Governance Forum) meeting.

A key component of the economic stimulus agenda in US, Japan, Europe and other regions, is investment in broadband, so Greening the Internet and addressing climate change is a major concern. Internet based-applications can unleash many opportunities for real solutions to climate change, such as smart homes, smart appliances, smart transportation and smart energy grids. Many companies today are already recognizing that going Green makes good business sense.

The ICT industry has been making progress in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, and best practices can be already shared. Even new technologies such as NGN, are innately green compared to their predecessors.

ITU-T’s Study Group on Environment and Climate Change examines how to measure and reduce the impact of ICTs on the environment in order to help advance the Green ICT agenda. At its last meeting, the Study Group consented a standard describing an energy-efficient universal charging solution (UCS) for mobile phones, but also digital cameras and other devices with micro-USB interfaces.
 
Greening the Internet, will examine new Internet trends, the potential impacts on climate change and the ways in which the Internet can evolve in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Panelists are Joseph Alhadeff, VP for Global Public Policy at Oracle Corporation; Catherine Trautmann, Member of the European Parliament; Catalina McGregor, Founder and Deputy Champion of the Green ICT CIO/CTO Council of the UK Government; George Sadowsky, Director of ICANN, Alice Munyua of the Kenya ICT Action Network; Tony Vetter of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Nezar Sami of Nile University.

The workshop will be opened with a keynote message given by Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, and moderated by Arthur Levin, Head of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Policy Division.

Speakers’ biographies and information on logistics and registration are posted on the website of the workshop.

A meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) will take place one day earlier, on 16 November 2009. The DCICC is an open body of 29 members committed to moderating the environmental impact of the Internet, seeking new ways to embrace the power of the Internet for reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and enabling transformation in line with the objectives set and to be set under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Meeting and Coalition are open to governments, private sector, standards development organizations, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, researchers, vendors, network operators, academia and other bodies. A draft agenda is available on the DCICC website.


17 November 2009: Greening the Internet: Workshop website

16 November 2009: Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change: Website

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:44:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Meeting of Working Parties 1, 2, 3 & 4/11

Geneva, 28 January 2010 PM

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 11 Collective Letter 4 for more information.

ITU-T Study Group 11 Home

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:43:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 23, 2009

ITU-T Workshop on "The impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work of the ITU-T"

Geneva, 2 November 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 16 Collective Letter 4 for more information.

More information

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:48:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of FG-FN - Focus Group on Future Networks

Salt Lake City, USA, 16-20 November 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T TSB Circular 57 for more information.

FG-FN Home

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:43:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of ITU-T SG 12 - Performance, QoS and QoE

Geneva, 3-12 November 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 12 Collective Letter 2 for more information.

ITU-T Study Group 12 Home

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:34:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of ITU-T SG 9 - Television and sound transmission and integrated broadband cable networks

Geneva, 26-30 October 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 9 Collective Letter 2 for more information.

ITU-T Study Group 9 Home

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:30:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of ITU-T SG 16 - Multimedia coding, systems and applications

Geneva, 26 October - 06 November 2009

Registration form

See ITU-T SG 16 Collective Letter 4 for more information.

ITU-T Study Group 16 Home

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:26:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of IPTV-GSI - IPTV Global Standards Initiative

Geneva, 26-30 October 2009

Registration form

See TSB Circular 56 for more information.

IPTV-GSI Home

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:19:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of JCA-NID - Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID)

Geneva, 26-27 October 2009

Registration form

See Meeting Announcement for more information.

JCA-NID Home

Friday, October 23, 2009 9:09:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 22, 2009
One-size-fits-all solution will dramatically cut waste and GHG emissions. "ICTs are an essential element of an effective Copenhagen climate agreement," says Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré

Geneva, 22 October 2009 — ITU has given its stamp of approval to an energy-efficient one-charger-fits-all new mobile phone solution. The announcement comes as ITU lobbies hard to have the essential role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) recognized in the draft Copenhagen Agreement as a key part of the solution towards mitigating climate change.

full press release

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 1:27:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |