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 Friday, 08 July 2011

The ITU Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) for Asia Pacific Region closed 5 July 2011 with agreement on the need for adaptable and scalable solutions to address common issues faced by island states in the Pacific. These include conformity assessment and certification; spectrum management best practice for mobile broadband and digital broadcasting, and national spectrum allocation tables and harmonized spectrum use; public protection and disaster relief systems.

In addition delegates agreed on the need for assessment of ICT standardization benefits and ways to prioritize involvement in global standards development activities. To this end a national/regional ICT standardization strategy and roadmap based on conceptual tools such as the standardization development ladder will be adapted for Pacific Island requirements and also applied to the radiocommunication spectrum and standards environment. Also under consideration is a capacity building programme for developing countries in the region focusing on implementation of standards for broadband, wireless and NGN targeting ICT regulatory authorities and operators

The overarching goal of ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap program is to facilitate increased participation of developing countries in standardization, to ensure that developing countries experience the economic benefits of associated technological development, and to better reflect the requirements and interests of developing countries in the standards-development process. One specific objective of this project is to understand the primary gaps that must be overcome to improve the standards development, implementation, and usage capacities of developing countries.

A number of measures have already been implemented by ITU to facilitate the participation of developing countries in ITU-T study group meetings. For instance, almost all ITU-T study groups are now using remote participation as part of their regular working methods. The number of Study Group leadership positions during the Study Period 2009-2012 has increased to four Chairmen and 47 Vice Chairmen from developing countries, including five Vice Chairs from least developed countries. In 2010, for the first time, participants from developing countries outnumbered participants from developed countries in study group meetings participation.

The workshop was organized in association with Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of the Republic of Korea with the generous support of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), Republic of Korea.

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Friday, 08 July 2011 08:54:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 07 July 2011

Geneva, 7 July, 2011 - ITU’s latest global Application Challenge encourages developers around the world to create innovative IPTV apps running over ITU standards.

Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the IPTV platform and the opportunities it offers. The best app submitted by an individual or SME* will be awarded USD10,000, thanks to platinum sponsors Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc. and Dentsu Inc. There is a separate category for corporate entries, and winners will receive their awards at a special event at the ITU Telecom World 2011 show in Geneva in October.

While highlighting the rapidly expanding range of the IPTV ecosystem, this latest ITU App Challenge is designed to stimulate ground-breaking ideas from all corners of the globe.

“ITU has pioneered a raft of standards for IPTV, which are set to transform global viewing habits. Global standards such as these will be key to take-up,” said Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU. “With this technology we have all the advantages of traditional ‘linear’ TV combined with the flexibility that the Internet offers. This challenge offers a fantastic opportunity for people to be creative, and I hope we can inspire some truly innovative thinking.”

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Thursday, 07 July 2011 13:45:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 06 July 2011

Geneva, 6 July, 2011 – ITU has signed an agreement with key Asian standards developers that will mean new technologies come to market quicker and at lower cost. ARIB, CCSA, TTA and TTC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITU recognizing ITU as the pre-eminent global ICT standards body. The agreement seeks to smooth the way for regional standards, developed in these four key regional bodies, to be internationally recognized.

The MoU will build on the good relationship ITU has built with all four bodies over many years, increase transparency between the organizations, avoid duplication of work and increase efficiency in the publication of standards. All of which means that product manufacturers will be able to more efficiently incorporate globally standardized solutions in their products, leading to greater economies of scale and lower costs to consumers.

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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 16:27:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 June 2011
Green application developers were inspired to contribute to ITU’s Green ICT Application Challenge following a visit to the Guardian’s Activate event last week.

Participants in a 'Hacktivate' session were asked to develop and showcase apps that aim to improve lives through intelligent use of data and technology.

ITU and challenge sponsor Telefonica were given the opportunity to promote their Green ICT Application Challenge at the event inspiring some of the developers to incorporate green thinking into their apps.

High-speed internet connection, free APIs, expert advice, drinks and snacks were the ingredients used by more than 50 developers to put together apps including an app to help find your vegetable peelings a home; apps to give environmental credentials on products you might be interested in purchasing; an app to help you recycle unwanted items around your home and a climate quiz. More details can be found here.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011 08:17:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Third meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 12 Regional Group for Africa, Gaborone, Botswana, 28-29 July 2011

ITU-T TSB Collective Letter  5

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:14:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Second meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa, Gaborone, Botswana, 27 July 2011

ITU-T TSB Collective Letter 3

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:09:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T IPTV-GSI event, IPTV workshop and seminar and 4th IPTV Interop testing and showcasing event; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18-22 July 2011

ITU-T TSB Circular 193

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:04:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |