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 Tuesday, 01 November 2011

ITU-T’s Study Group 13 has consented new standards underpinning central elements of Future Networks (FNs); multiple virtual networks enabling a wide range of network services, and energy saving capabilities superior to those offered by traditional network technologies.
Future Networks (FNs) will provide revolutionary capabilities, facilities and services which will be difficult to support using existing network technologies. The number and range of network-based services is expected to explode in the near future, and a single network architecture will struggle to satisfy the requirements unique to each of these new services. Forming multiple physical networks will demand large outlays of capital for their installation, operation and maintenance. FNs thus need to realize diverse services through the creation of heterogenous network architectures overlaying a common physical network.

The new standards are Recommendation ITU-T Y.3011, “Framework of Network Virtualization for Future Networks”, and Recommendation ITU-T Y.3021, “Framework of Energy Saving for Future Networks.”

Recommendation Y.3011 provides a framework of network virtualization technology, a means allowing multiple virtual networks called Logically Isolated Network Partitions (LINPs) to coexist in a single physical network. Network Virtualization will create isolated, flexible networks supporting a broad range of network architectures and services. Their isolation will allow the satisfaction of services’ unique requirements, but also presents the opportunity to create experimental networks or test-beds where developers, providers and users can design and evaluate new services. The flexibility of these virtual networks is another key feature of Y.3011’s design, allowing the reconfiguration of networks to reflect the evolving characteristics of FN services and applications as they mature.

Environmental awareness is one of the fundamental objectives of FNs and energy-saving technologies form a crucial part of their development. Through their creation of network architectures for smart energy grids and ubiquitous sensor networks, FNs will do much to improve the energy efficiency of other non-ICT industry sectors. Their proliferation will however also increase the volume of energy demanded by FNs themselves. Y.3021 thus provides a framework to minimize the energy consumption of network facilities such as routers, switches and servers, as well as a method to manage the total energy consumption of FNs at all stages of their lifecycle.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 14:47:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 27 October 2011

Geneva, 25 October 2011 – A meeting of 20 CTOs from leading companies1 in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry has urged ITU to accelerate technical standardization work in the field of e-health. CTOs stressed that reliable, interoperable standards are key to providing patients and health professionals with the means to utilize remote consultation services, advanced ICT-based diagnostic procedures and electronic health information services.

The meeting, which was held today in Geneva during ITU Telecom World 2011, agreed that international coordination on standards will be vital, and that growth in telemedicine services will also demand aggressive roll-out of broadband networks. The CTOs encouraged ITU, as the world’s leading developer of global ICT standards, to intensify its involvement by developing essential e-health infrastructure standards, and by cooperating with other standards bodies to create reliable, secure and interoperable e-health solutions.

1) Participating companies were: Alcatel-Lucent; Cisco; Ericsson; Etisalat Group; Freescale; Fujitsu; Huawei; KDDI; Microsoft; Netscout Systems; NSN; NTT; Orange FT Group; RIM; Telecom Italia; Telefonica; Telekom South Africa; Turk Telecom Group; Verizon; Vodafone Group; ZTE.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:09:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU announced the winners of its IPTV App Challenge at ITU Telecom World 2011. The corporate app category was given to Discover Japan from NHK Enterprises (Japan) which offers users an introduction to the best of Japanese culture. The best individual/SME award split the vote and was awarded to 7 Days Gallery and Dengue Combat.
Discover Japan highlights Tokyo's cutting-edge pop culture but also the traditional culture of Kyoto, a city steeped in over 1,000 years of history. With broadcast TV and video on demand as the areas of focus, the application responds to users' interests, providing answers to their questions, offering interesting information, and enabling them to shop online.
7 Days Gallery, by Alève Mine and Eric Bréchemier is a digital space to promote new artists/designers. It organizes seven pieces of art work from one artist/designer in a collection, and presents a different collection for each day of the week. Users can browse the pictures with their remote control and find out more information on each of the piece of art, such as its title, description text, a web site (URL)  and online shopping possibilities. Users can also find information about the artist including: their biography, portrait and web site.
Dengue Combat is an interactive TV programme to promote awareness and knowledge to combat dengue fever. IPTV users are informed by watching a video programme about dengue fever. They can also find out the nearest medical care facility by providing their postal code and verify their knowledge of this disease by participating in a quiz.
More details on the apps can be found at:

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 13:55:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU has approved a new protocol to relay biometric information, connecting medical practitioners with the real-time medical data of patients in remote locations. Study Group 17’s Recommendation ITU-T X.1080.1 is the first in a suite of e-health and telemedicine recommendations and supports interactions between a patient’s local medical facility and a remote medical centre.

e-Health technologies have great potential to bridge the service provision inequalities between developed and developing nations, as well as between urban and rural communities. ITU-T X.1080.1 takes into account work in other standards bodies and recognizes and identifies data formats and interactions using Abstract Notation One (ASN.1) object identifiers (OIDs and OID-IRIs). It also provides security features in the form of Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS), which enables both integrity and encryption.

ITU-T X.1080.1 is designed to provide wide-area communication supporting all health-related activities, where the communication can be usefully undertaken as structured messages. From this base, the X.1080 series will develop into a set of recommendations addressing physical, chemical, biological, culturological and psychological diagnoses, interventions and prescriptions. It aims to remove the need for a co-location of medical practitioners and patients, and will support both multi-party (for audit and training purposes) and one-to-one interaction.

The remaining five parts of the X.1080 series, dealing with the identification of physiological quantities and units, are being constructed in close collaboration with ISO/TC 12, and IEC/TC 25. 

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 13:52:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 26 October 2011

عقدت ورشة العمل الإقليمية للاتحاد بشأن سد الفجوة التقييسية (BSG) في المنطقة العربية وإفريقيا في مدينة الجزائر، في الفترة 28-26 سبتمبر 2011.
وقد نظمت ورشة العمل بالاشتراك مع هيئة تنظيم البريد والاتصالات (ARPT) وحظيت بدعم كريم من شركة شبكات Nokia Siemens وشركة ميكروسوفت.
ويتمثل الهدف الشامل لبرنامج الاتحاد لسد الفجوة التقييسية في تسهيل زيادة مشاركة البلدان النامية في عملية التقييس لضمان تمتع هذه البلدان بالمنافع الاقتصادية للتطور التكنولوجي المصاحب ولإبراز احتياجات هذه البلدان بشكل أفضل فيما يختص بعملية وضع المعايير. ومن بين الأهداف المحددة لهذا المشروع، تكوين فهم للقضايا المتضمنة في عملية وضع المعايير وتنفيذها وقدرات استعمالها في البلدان النامية.
وحضر ورشة العمل نحو 110 مشاركين من المنطقة العربية وإفريقيا. وركز برنامج الورشة على موضوعات من بينها التحديات التي تواجهها بلدان هاتين المنطقتين في تقييس تكنولوجيات المعلومات والاتصالات واستراتيجيات سد الفجوة التقييسية وأفضل الممارسات في مجال تقييم المطابقة وموضوعات التقييس الجاري مناقشتها في لجان دراسات قطاع تقييس الاتصالات.
وفيما يلي النتائج/التوجهات التي خرجت بها ورشة العمل:
● أيد المشاركون من إفريقيا والمنطقة العربية تنفيذ برنامج المطابقة وقابلية التشغيل البيني لقطاع تقييس الاتصالات في هاتين المنطقتين، بما في ذلك استعمال علامة الاتحاد "ITU"؛
● تشجيع البلدان النامية على القيام بدور فعال في رأب الفجوة الرقمية من خلال النهوض بالابتكار في مجال المعايير والتقدم بمساهمات إلى عمليات التقييس العالمية؛
● النظر في إنشاء مراكز إقليمية ودون إقليمية لاختبارات المطابقة وقابلية التشغيل البيني؛
● العمل بنشاط على إشراك أعضاء مؤسسات القطاعين العام والخاص والجامعات ومراكز البحوث في أنشطة التقييس الخاصة بالاتحاد؛
● التماس دعم الاتحاد لإطلاق حملة موجهة لبناء القدرات بشأن توصيات قطاع تقييس الاتصالات (كأن تعقد دورة تدريبية لمدة أسبوعين بشأن توصيات الكبلات والأنظمة البصرية)، وإنشاء معامل إقليمية للقضاء على عمليات التزييف؛
● إنشاء و/أو تحديد معامل اختبار في المنطقة قادرة على إجراء المراجعات الفيزيائية واختبارات الامتثال. وتقوم تونس حالياً بإنشاء معمل اختبار، يمكن استعماله كنموذج لباقي بلدان المنطقة؛
● إبرام اتفاقات تعاون مع شركاء إقليميين من أجل تحديد عدم امتثال التجهيزات في مرحلة مبكرة؛
● إنشاء مركز إقليمي للتقييس في الجزائر، وهو مقترح تقدمت به رئيسة مجلس إدارة هيئة تنظيم البريد والاتصالات (ARPT) في كلمتها الافتتاحية وكرره وزير البريد وتكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات؛
● تشجيع تبادل المعلومات على صعيد إقليمي من خلال إنشاء قاعدة بيانات تتضمن قائمة سوداء بالمنتجات المزيفة؛
● النهوض ببرامج الاعتماد والتوثيق ووضع منهجية اختبار لمناطق إنتاج المواد؛
● التأكد من الوفاء بالمتطلبات التقنية في المنتجات الوطنية، والسماح بطرحها في الأسواق الإقليمية؛
● التأكد من تنفيذ الآليات التشريعية والتنظيمية من أجل الكشف عن مخططات الاحتيال والتزييف وتطبيق عقوبات عند اكتشاف هذه الأنشطة. وينبغي نمذجة هذه الآليات حسب برامج مراقبة الأسواق المتضمنة بالفعل في تشريعات مناطق أخرى، مثل الاتحاد الأوروبي والولايات المتحدة والبرازيل وكندا وغيرها.
جلسة تدريب تفاعلية: 27 سبتمبر 2011
بعد ورشة العمل، عقدت جلسة تدريب تفاعلية لمدة يوم واحد في شكل محاكاة لاجتماع من اجتماعات لجان الدراسات. وتصمم هذه الجلسات لتوفير تقدمة لاجتماعات التقييس الدولية ولكي يألف المشاركون الشكل النموذجي لعملية صنع القرارات. وهذه الجلسات تتعلق بشكل خاص بالدول النامية حيث أنها تشجع على المشاركة في أنشطة الاتحاد وتشرح بوضوح كيف يمكن لهذه الدول أن تقوم بدور عضوي في علمية وضع المعايير. وقد حضر الجلسة نحو 60 مشاركاً وحظيت بتعليقات إيجابية إلى حد كبير.
حلقة الاتحاد الدراسية للهيئات الأكاديمية: 28 سبتمبر 2011
قدمت حلقة العمل هذه فئة العضوية الجديدة بالاتحاد والخاصة بالهيئات الأكاديمية وقدمت أمثلة ملموسة للكيفية التي يمكن أن تفيد بها هذه الهيئات ومراكز البحوث من خلال المشاركة في أنشطة لجان دراسات قطاع تقييس الاتصالات. وعبر أستاذ من الجامعة الأمريكية في بيروت عن الكيفية التي يمكن أن تساهم بها جامعته والجامعات الأخرى في المنطقة في أعمال لجنة الدراسات 17 بقطاع تقييس الاتصالات المعنية بالأمن. وتم تشجيع الهيئات الأكاديمية كذلك إلى تقديم مدخلات إلى تقارير رصد التكنولوجيا الصادرة عن قطاع تقييس الاتصالات.
وكان اهتمام الهيئات الأكاديمية بالانضمام لعضوية الاتحاد واضحاً، حيث أعلنت بعض الجامعات عن عزمها الانضمام إلى الاتحاد. كما عبرت الهيئات الأكاديمية عن رغبة قوية في تلقي الدعم من مكتب تقييس الاتصالات في وضع مناهج متدرجة المستوى في مجال معايير الاتصالات.
ولمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة موقع الويب الخاص بالاتحاد بشأن سد الفجوة التقييسية على العنوان:

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 10:15:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

L'atelier régional de l'UIT sur la réduction de l'écart en matière de normalisation à l'intention des régions Etats arabes et Afrique s'est déroulé à Alger (Algérie) du 26 au 28 septembre 2011.

Il a été organisé en association avec l'Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (ARPT), avec le généreux concours de Nokia Siemens Networks et de Microsoft.

L'objectif général du programme de réduction de l'écart en matière de normalisation est de favoriser la participation accrue des pays en développement au processus d'élaboration des normes, de faire en sorte qu'ils profitent des bienfaits économiques liés au développement technologique et de mieux prendre en considération leurs besoins et leurs intérêts dans l'élaboration des normes. Ce projet a notamment pour but de comprendre les problèmes qui font obstacle à l'élaboration et à l'application des normes, ainsi qu'aux capacités d'utilisation des pays en développement.

Quelque 110 participants des régions Etats arabes et Afrique ont assisté à l'atelier, dont le programme s'articulait autour des thèmes suivants: enjeux de la normalisation des TIC dans les pays de ces régions, stratégies visant à réduire l'écart en matière de normalisation, meilleures pratiques en matière d'évaluation de la conformité, et questions de normalisation en cours d'examen par les commissions d'études de l'UIT-T.

Conclusions et orientations tirées de l'atelier:

•    appui des participants des régions Etats arabes et Afrique à la mise en œuvre du programme de l'UIT-T relatif à la conformité et à l'interopérabilité dans ces régions, y compris à l'utilisation de la marque UIT;

•    inciter les pays en développement à jouer un rôle dynamique dans la réduction de la fracture numérique en favorisant l'innovation dans le domaine de la normalisation et en encourageant la participation de ces pays aux processus d'élaboration des normes mondiales;

•    envisager la création de centres régionaux et sous régionaux pour la réalisation de tests de conformité et d'interopérabilité;

•    faire participer activement le public, les entreprises privées, les universités et les centres de recherche aux activités de normalisation de l'UIT;

•    s'appuyer sur l'UIT pour organiser une campagne ciblée de renforcement des capacités concernant les recommandations UIT-T (par exemple, formation de deux semaines sur les recommandations relatives aux câbles et systèmes à fibres optiques), et mettre en place des laboratoires régionaux afin de lutter contre la contrefaçon;

•    mettre en place et/ou identifier dans la région des laboratoires de tests pouvant réaliser des audits physiques et des tests de conformité. La Tunisie est déjà en train de mettre en place un laboratoire de tests, qui pourrait servir de modèle à la région;

•    élaborer des accords de coopération avec les partenaires régionaux pour identifier de manière précoce la non-conformité des équipements;

•    créer un centre régional de normalisation en Algérie, selon la proposition faite par la Présidente du Conseil de l'ARPT lors de son allocution d'ouverture et réitérée par le Ministre de la Poste et des Technologies de l'information et de la communication;

•    encourager le partage d'informations au niveau régional en constituant une base de données qui répertorie sur une liste noire les produits de contrefaçon;

•    instaurer des systèmes d'accréditation et de certification ainsi qu'une méthodologie des tests applicables aux zones de production de matériel;

•    s'assurer que les produits locaux soient conformes aux prescriptions techniques pour leur permettre d'accéder aux marchés régionaux; et

•    veiller à ce que les mécanismes législatifs et réglementaires soient mis en oeuvre afin de repérer les activités frauduleuses et la contrefaçon, et d'appliquer des sanctions le cas échéant. Ces mécanismes devraient s'inspirer des dispositifs de surveillance du marché déjà en vigueur dans d'autres juridictions comme l'Union européenne, les Etats-Unis, le Brésil, le Canada, etc.

Session de formation interactive: 27 septembre 2011

L'atelier a été suivi d'une session de formation interactive d'une journée sur la simulation d'une réunion de commission d'études. Ces sessions visent à donner un aperçu des réunions internationales de normalisation et à familiariser les participants avec la forme habituelle du processus de prise de décisions. Elles sont particulièrement pertinentes pour les pays en développement puisqu'elles encouragent la participation de ces pays aux activités de l'UIT et expliquent clairement en quoi ils peuvent jouer un rôle constructif dans l'élaboration de normes. Environ 60 participants ont assisté à la session, qui a connu un vif succès.

Séminaire de l'UIT à l'intention des établissements universitaires: 28 septembre 2011

Lors de ce séminaire, la nouvelle catégorie des établissements universitaires a été présentée et des exemples concrets ont été donnés des avantages que les établissements universitaires et les instituts de recherche peuvent retirer de leur participation aux activités des Commissions d'études de l'UIT T. Un professeur de l'Université américaine de Beyrouth a indiqué explicitement comment son institution et d'autres universités de la région pourraient contribuer aux travaux de la Commission d'étude 17 de l'UIT-T sur la sécurité. Les établissements universitaires ont également été encouragés à apporter des contributions aux rapports de veille technologique de l'UIT-T.

L'intérêt des établissements universitaires à devenir membre de l'UIT était évident et certaines universités ont annoncé leur intention d'adhérer à l'Union. Les établissements universitaires ont également indiqué qu'ils souhaitaient vivement que le Bureau de la normalisation des télécommunications (TSB) les aide à élaborer des programmes d'enseignement supérieur dans le domaine de la normalisation des télécommunications.

Pour plus d'information, consulter le site web relatif à la réduction de l'écart en matière de normalisation:

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 08:49:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The ITU Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) for Arab and Africa Regions took place in Algiers, Algeria, 26-28 September 2011.

The workshop was organized in association with Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (ARPT), and was generously supported by Nokia Siemens Networks and Microsoft.

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 gain an understanding of the issues inhibiting the standards development, implementation, and usage capacities of developing countries.
Some 110 participants from Arab and African regions attended the workshop.  The program focused on topics including ICT standardization challenges for countries in these regions, strategies for bridging the standardization gap, best practices for conformity assessment, and standardization topics being discussed in ITU-T Study Groups. 

Outcomes/directives produced by the workshop:

      • Participants from the African and Arab regions support the implementation of the ITU-T Conformity and Interoperability program in these regions, including the use of the ITU Mark.

      • Encourage developing countries to play an active role in the reduction of the digital divide by promoting standards-oriented innovation and contributions to global standardization processes;

      • Consider the creation of regional and sub-regional centres for compliance and interoperability tests;

      • Actively involve members of the public, private enterprises, universities and research centres in ITU standardization activities; 

      • Seek ITU support for a targeted capacity-building campaign on ITU-T Recommendations (e.g. the 2-week training on Optical Cables and Systems Recommendations), and establish regional laboratories to eliminate counterfeiting;

      • Establish and/or identify test laboratories in the region able to carry out physical audits and compliance tests. Tunisia is already setting up a test lab, and this could be used as a template for the region;           

      • Establish cooperation agreements with regional partners for the early identification of equipment non-compliance;

      • Establish a Regional Centre for standardization based in Algeria, a proposal made by the President of the Council of the ARPT in her opening speech and reiterated by the Minister of Post and ICT;

      • Encourage the sharing of information at a regional level by establishing a database containing blacklisted counterfeit products;

      • Promote accreditation and certification schemes, and test methodology for the material production areas;

      • Ensure that technical requirements are fulfilled by local products, allowing them access to regional markets; and

      • Ensure that legislative and regulatory mechanisms are implemented to detect fraud and counterfeiting schemes, and to enforce penalties when such activity is discovered.  

These mechanisms should be modelled on market surveillance schemes already established in other jurisdictions, such as the EU, the United States, Brazil, Canada, etc..

Interactive Training Session: 27 September 2011
The workshop was followed by a one-day Interactive Training Session in the form of a simulated Study Group meeting. These sessions are designed to provide an introduction to international standardization meetings, and familiarise participants with the typical format of the decision-making process. They are especially relevant to developing nations as they encourage participation in ITU activities, and clearly explain how these nations may play a formative role in standards creation.   Some 60 participants attended the session, and very positive feedback was received.

ITU Academia Seminar: 28 September 2011
This Seminar introduced ITU’s new membership category for academia, and gave concrete examples of how academic and research institutions can benefit through participation in ITU-T Study Group activity. A professor from the American University of Beirut explicitly outlined how his institution  and other universities in the region could contribute to ITU-T Study Group 17 on Security. Academia was also encouraged to provide input to ITU-T TechWatch reports.

Academia’s interest in membership was evident, with some universities declaring their intention to join ITU. Academia also expressed strong interest in receiving TSB support in developing graduate-level curricula in the field of telecommunication standards.

For more information refer to the ITU Bridging the Standardization Gap website at

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 07:51:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The October issue of IEEE Communications Magazine carries a ‘feature topic’ on ITU’s third Kaleidoscope event – Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services.

The magazine, also available online, carries the winning papers, as well as one invited paper from this ITU academic event.
Organized by ITU with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco, Nokia and Myfire, the conference brought together some of the best academic minds from around the world to present their research on innovative technologies that could challenge the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet. Among over 110 papers submitted, 37 papers were presented. The best three were awarded prizes totaling $10,000 kindly donated by Cisco.
All Kaleidoscope papers are also available in IEEE Xplore, IEEE's online library.
The fourth Kaleidoscope event “The fully networked human? Innovations for future networks and services” will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 09:56:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |