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 Saturday, 17 December 2011

Key standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on a technology (MPLS-TP) required by telecoms operators to increase network efficiency while also reducing capex and opex costs have been approved (or attained first level approval) at a recent ITU meeting.

MPLS-TP refers to extensions to the IETF's MPLS protocol developed in cooperation with the IETF. MPLS can carry packets of different types, allowing telecom operators to offer private connections as well as IP services. Many network operators expect MPLS-TP to work under the same principles as longstanding ITU transport network technologies like SDH and OTN. MPLS-TP provides network operators with a reliable packet-based technology the operation of which aligns with current organizational processes and large-scale work procedures. Its deployment may reduce the need for layer 3 routing in an operator’s network.

Another important draft standard in the field has been forwarded to ITU’s quadrennial World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai next year. This provides an Ethernet based protocol for operations, administration and management (OAM) for Transport MPLS (MPLS-TP). The delay in approval follows the breakdown of a deal brokered by the Japanese administration in November. The compromise proposed was intended to address concerns expressed by IETF, following a series of previous setbacks, detailed here and here. Unfortunately the IETF were unable to deliver one key element of the proposal, the ACh codepoint which contributed to four national delegations vetoing the standard.

Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: “I would like to thank Japan for its great effort as a neutral party to find a compromise that took into account IETF’s concerns. It is clear that the majority of the world’s ICT industry and governments supports this standard. It is a practical solution demanded by operators around the globe. I am hopeful that IETF will be able to assign the ACh codepoint before WTSA-12 which should allow the standard to be approved by consensus. ITU has a tradition of working by consensus but this is dependent on delegations being willing to compromise.”

At the close of its December meeting Study Group 15 repeated its request to the IETF to provide an ACh codepoint for the Ethernet based OAM protocols. This request is in line with ITU’s continued commitment to a collegial working environment for ICT standards development.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011 06:56:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Meeting of Study Group 3, Geneva Switzerland, 16 - 20 January 2012

Study Group 3

Registration form: Study Group 3 Meeting

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:03:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing and Smart Grid", Geneva, Switzerland, 9 January 2012

On-line registration

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 241)

ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing and Smart Grid"

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:56:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), Geneva Switzerland, 10 - 13 January 2012

Collective Letter 4


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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:52:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The first meeting of a collaboration on ITS communication standards.
The first meeting of a collaboration on international communication standards for intelligent transport systems (ITS) will take place on Wednesday, 14 December, at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is open and remote participation is offered.
Industry experts who gathered for the World Standards Cooperation's Fully Networked Car event at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year agreed that the next twenty years will see a huge shift towards ITS. Today’s communications capabilities give vehicles the potential to foresee and avoid collisions, navigate the quickest route to their destination, make use of up-to-the-minute traffic reports, identify the nearest available parking slot, minimise their carbon emissions and provide multimedia communications.
Considerable resources have been invested in R&D, but the lack of global standards is widely regarded as a major impediment to large-scale deployment of ITS services and applications. This collaboration creates a global forum for the creation of a set of international communication standards needed for ITS to become a definitive feature of the modern automotive industry.
For more information on the meeting, its registration procedures and remote participation, please consult the meeting’s homepage at

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:07:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 01 December 2011

Geneva, 30 November 2011 – The arresting digital displays of Times Square, Piccadilly Circus and Shibuya are just a foretaste of a brave new world of cityscapes illuminated by interactive, dynamic and highly targeted signage, according to a new ITU-T Technology Watch Report, Digital signage: the right information in all the right places.

Advances in display technologies, declining manufacturing costs and a retail boom in emerging economies are all contributing to the rapid spread of large-scale high-definition display networks. But the proprietary nature of current digital signage solutions is restricting the integration of applications across different networks and vendors. Interoperable global standards will be crucial to the future development of this emerging market, unlocking enormous value not just for display system developers, retailers and newscasters, but for governments and the community at large.

Tomorrow’s dynamic signage can play a crucial civic role in areas like traffic management, public transport systems, safe crowd management at large events, control of people flows in public areas and private venues, and emergency response systems. But to do that effectively, standardized platforms will be crucial.

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Thursday, 01 December 2011 10:43:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Technology offers practical means of cutting carbon emissions
Geneva, 25 November 2011 – ITU, together with a coalition of industry partners, will be working to convince delegates at the UN COP 17 climate change conference in Durban next week to harness the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to promote mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Today’s advanced technologies can transform social, industrial and business processes to effect the changes needed to achieve sustainability. But while the potential of ICTs to make a real difference is widely recognized by the technology community and government ICT ministries, it is still far from being understood and embraced by environmental lobby groups and policymakers.

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Thursday, 01 December 2011 09:08:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 30 November 2011

ITU Workshop on Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Issues, New Delhi, India, 19-20 December 2011

Convening Letter

On-line registration

ITU Workshop on Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Issues

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:12:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Ninth meeting of FG Smart, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 - 21 December 2011

Meeting announcement

On-line Registration

Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:08:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Workshop on Digital Signage, Tokyo, Japan, 13-14 December 2011

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 227)

On-line registration

ITU Workshop on Digital Signage

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:07:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Kaleidoscope: The fully networked human? - Innovations for future networks and services, Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 172)

Online Registration Form

ITU Kaleidoscope

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:57:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Eighth meeting of FG Cloud, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 - 16 December 2011

Meeting announcement

Meeting registration

Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:51:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Third meeting of FG Distraction, Geneva, Switzerland 12 - 13 December 2011

Meeting announcement

Meeting registration

Focus Group on Driver Distraction (FG Distraction)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:45:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |