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 Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Meeting of Study Group 5 (Geneva, 27 April - 05 May 2011)

SG 5 Collective Letter 7

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:17:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 17 (Geneva, 11 - 20 April 2011)

SG 17 Collective Letter 5

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Study Group 17

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:12:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
IPv6 (Geneva, Switzerland, 07 - 08 April 2011)

Invitation letter (TSB Circular 162)

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ITU IPv6 Group

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:07:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:03:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Smart Grid (Sophia Antipolis, France, 04 - 08 April 2011)

Meeting annoucement

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Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:06:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Council Working Group to Prepare for the 2012 WCIT  (Geneva, Switzerland, 04 - 06 April 2011)

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Council Working Group to Prepare for the 2012 WCIT (CWG-WCIT12)

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:55:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 04, 2011
A document agreed at a recent ITU meeting gives developing countries tools that will allow them to negotiate better rates for Internet connectivity (IIC). Agreement was reached at a meeting of ITU-T’s Study Group 3 and  following an ITU-T Workshop on IP traffic flow measurement.

The agreement was a breakthrough following many years of negotiation (see here for some historical background).

The agreed document is a supplement to Recommendation ITU-T D.50 which recommends how those involved in the provision of international Internet connections negotiate and agree to bilateral commercial arrangements enabling direct international Internet connections that take into account the possible need for compensation between them for the value of elements such as traffic flow, number of routes, geographical coverage and cost of international transmission amongst others.

Specifically the supplement focuses on how IP traffic flows can be measured at different points, including at Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) at interconnect points. The ability to manage this without a change to BGP was one point of contention.  The agreement also acknowledges that that traffic flow can be measured via BGP without any change to that protocol as well as there are a variety of ways that traffic flow can be measured.

The agreement is also considered a step forward in fulfilling the mandate given to ITU in Resolution 101 from last year’s Plenipotentiary conference. The Resolution asks ITU to “…continue the study of international Internet connectivity as an urgent matter, as called for in § 50 d) of the Tunis Agenda, and to call upon ITU-T, in particular Study Group 3 which has responsibility for Recommendation ITU-T D.50, to complete as soon as possible its studies that have been ongoing since WTSA-2000.”

In June 2004 an amendment to ITU-T Recommendation D.50 was made to set out general considerations for parties to negotiate Internet interconnection. These considerations can be used to assist two parties to an interconnection agreement to negotiate in a more harmonized way. The latest agreement builds on this.

The area is a key concern for ITU as it was mandated by WSIS to examine the topic. Paragraph 27 – C of the Tunis Agenda:

“27.  We recommend improvements and innovations in existing financing mechanisms, including:
C      Providing affordable access to ICTs, by the following measures:
i.     Reducing international Internet costs charged by backbone providers, supporting, inter alia, the creation and development of regional ICT  backbones and Internet Exchange Points to reduce interconnection cost and broaden network access;
ii.     Encouraging ITU to continue the study of the question of the International Internet Connectivity (IIC) as an urgent matter to develop appropriate Recommendations.”              
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Monday, April 04, 2011 9:02:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 28, 2011
ITU was, last week, pleased to host a meeting of the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) in parallel with the ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia) meeting. Through MPEG, the ITU and ISO/IEC have formed the Joint Collaborative Team on video coding (JCT-VC) working on the successor to H.264 (also standardized as ISO/IEC 14496-10, or MPEG-4 AVC), the Emmy award winning video coding standard.

There was a demonstration of emerging 3D TV technologies such as autostereoscopic displays (similar to that used in the new Nintendo 3DS but on a larger scale). This new technology allows for 3D viewing without glasses.

Current extensions to the widely used H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec are deployed in Blu-ray 3D discs that provide a stereo 3D experience, and also in the "frame-compatible" stereoscopic 3D video used in emerging broadcast applications.

The successor to H.264 – working title HEVC – is work in progress with approval expected in early 2013. Experts say that at the time H.264 was first approved there was no real market demand for 3D and so 3D support was essentially put into the standard later as a work around – even though it provides excellent levels of quality. Discussions continue on which kind of native support for 3D could eventually be incorporated in HEVC.

This work is complementary to that of ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector which is focusing on a framework for 3D TV broadcasting systems.

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Monday, March 28, 2011 1:15:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 24, 2011
Meeting of  Study Group 15,  Geneva, Switzerland, 28 March - 1 April 2011

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:46:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 3, Geneva, 28 March - 1 April 2011, and Joint Rapporteur's Group Meeting (IIC & TFMF), Geneva, 25 March 2011  

SG 3 Collective Letter 3

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:35:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A competition open to all has been launched to design a poster for World Standards Day, 14 October, on the theme, “International Standards – Creating confidence globally”.

The competition is being held by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), which comprises the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The designer(s) of the best poster will win 1 500 Swiss francs, with the three runners-up receiving 500 Swiss francs each.

To compete, designers should send their entries in .jpg or .png format to the following e-mail address: wsdposter@worldstandardscooperation.org. Submissions will be accepted until 30 April.

IEC, ISO and ITU representatives will choose the finalists. The shortlisted entries will be published on the WSC Website. The general public will choose the winning designs. Each finalist entry will have a Facebook “Like" button. The entries to receive the largest amount of Facebook “likes” will win the competition. Voting will open on 5 April and close on 30 April. IEC, ISO and ITU will announce the winners shortly after. People can follow the World Standards Day poster competition on Twitter and Facebook.

The WSC partners comment, “We hope to see your inspiring creations that will no doubt establish fruitful conversations between individuals, businesses and organizations across the globe about the role of standards in increasing global confidence.”

To help prospective World Standards Day poster artists, the WSC Website includes a number of resources:

•    A text explaining this year’s World Standards Day theme
•    Examples of previous World Standards Day posters
•    Specifications for the 2011 poster.

Any questions about the competition should be sent to: wsdposter@worldstandardscooperation.org, Twitter or Facebook.

The World Standards Cooperation was set up in 2001 in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU. Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 2:28:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |