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 Friday, April 20, 2012

European telcos propose constructive input to global ICT treaty

Geneva, 20 April 2012 - European operators meeting at a joint International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Telecommunications Network Operators’ (ETNO) event have agreed that upcoming revisions to the treaty that governs international telecommunications should act as a positive catalyst for the future development of ICT, to benefit all countries.

Meeting in Brussels this week to discuss preparation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) which will be held in Dubai, 3-14 December, ITU representatives described the mechanisms for input into the WCIT process and some of the emerging themes. An open discussion allowed industry to present its views.

All participants agreed that revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) should foster the right conditions to allow markets to flourish within a long term vision backed by sustainable business models.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 1:19:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ITU-T will host a two-hour webinar on Standards Education at 14h00 (CET), 30 April 2012, with the objective of exploring standardization curricula currently offered by different academic institutions. In addition it will examine means to develop such curricula and ways to encourage other institutions to integrate similar courses in the programs on offer to their students.

The event  begins with an overview of Aalborg University’s standardization curriculum, introducing the Masters Program on “Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship” (ICTE) offered by the university’s Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF); specifically detailing its course on "Standardization, IPR, Patenting and Technology Transfer". This will be followed by the presentations of other ITU academia members, sharing their experiences with standardization courses and suggesting areas in need of improvement. 

Additionally – for the benefit of ITU academia members seeking a better understanding of the purpose and potential of standards education – ITU will share its perspective on the motivations underlying the creation of its new academia membership category, and will also outline the ways in which academic institutions can best make use of ITU’s standardization expertise when developing standards education curricula.

Building on the outcomes of this virtual event, a Workshop on Standards Education, jointly organized by ITU and the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), will take place at Aalborg University,  8-9 October 2012. At this event, ITU academia members will be invited to share details of their standardization curricula and thereby aid in the development of an ITU repository of standards courses currently on offer. The repository will provide a useful resource to individuals interested in the study of ICT standards and to institutions deciding on the content of standards courses as they develop them.

For more information, please consult the webinar’s webpage here.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:03:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Meeting of Study Group 16, Geneva, 30 April - 11 May 2012

Collective Letter 8

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:36:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 16, 2012

Geneva, 12 April 2012 – The seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change aims to advance the ‘green ICT’ agenda by raising awareness of the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to aid in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Organized by ITU and the government of Canada, and hosted by Prompt, an R&D partnership developer, the symposium will explore the many ways in which advanced technologies can play a role in improving the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector itself, how ICTs can help countries better manage the effects of climate change, and new strategies to help tackle e-waste.

With ICTs now an intrinsic element of every economic sector, the need to integrate ICT-based solutions into the climate change actions of each industry has become essential. The symposium will explore ways of achieving this integration, and will help plot the course of ITU’s future work in the field – whether it be using radiocommunications to monitor and analyze shifting climate patterns, developing new technical standards detailing best-practice application of green ICTs. The event will also form part of ITU’s activities in the lead up to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), highlighting the key role played by ICTs as enablers in environmentally-sustainable economic development.

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Monday, April 16, 2012 9:12:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 13, 2012
European operators will discuss upcoming revisions to the treaty that governs international telecommunications at a joint ITU and ETNO event in Brussels next week.
 
The meeting will discuss preparation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) which will be held in Dubai, 3-14 December.
 
ITU representatives will describe the mechanisms for input into the WCIT process and some of the emerging themes. An open discussion will follow to allow industry to present its views.
 
WCIT-12 will review the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), the international treaty which is widely credited for creating the basis of today's connected world, thus the international regulatory framework governing all ICT technologies. The ITRs opened the door in the 1990s for mobile and the Internet.
 
WCIT-12 will express the common will of ITU's major stakeholders - its government and private sector membership - including many of ETNO's membership. Meetings such as this, as well as ITU's formal Council Working Group and the other regional preparatory meetings are part of an ongoing process to ask for input and feedback from all stakeholders.
 
Some of the proposals currently being discussed by ITU membership, governments and private sector companies from around the world, include the right to communicate; security in the use of ICTs and the protection of national resources; taxation, roaming; misuse and hijacking of international numbers and interoperability.
 
Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: "a lot has changed since the ITRs were adopted in 1988. I think we can all agree that this conference comes at a time when the technology is having a major impact on economic and social development. WCIT represents an opportunity for all stakeholders to work together to extend the benefits of ICTs to all the worlds citizens".
 
For more information on the event - Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) - Preparations for WCIT 2012 - and registration details see here.

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Friday, April 13, 2012 10:43:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |