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 Tuesday, 19 June 2012

ITU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The MoU strengthens the three organizations’ commitment to cooperation and collaboration, and will lend further impetus to the development of ITU-T's Conformity and Interoperability (C&I) programme.

ITU international standards (Recommendations) seek above all to enable the interoperability of ICT products and services, allowing people access to the Information Society regardless of their location or chosen ICT device. Conformance with ITU’s international standards increases the probability that an ICT vendor’s products will interoperate with those of other vendors. 

ITU’s C&I program is taking measures to increase the conformance and interoperability of ICT goods. A key part of this initiative lies in the adoption of test suites applicable to ITU international standards, and in the implementation of accredited conformity assessment activities including the establishment of a global network of regional conformance testing centres – tasked with evaluating products’ degree of compliance with ITU’s international standards, and thereby assessing the associated likelihood of interoperability.

Accreditation bodies independently evaluate the compliance of conformity assessment bodies against recognized internationalstandards, verifying their competence and impartiality. Overlaying this assessment role is the peer evaluation of accreditation bodies that in turn provides the foundation for the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) and the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLAs) signed between accreditation bodies around the world. Such agreements encourage consumer confidence in tested products, increase market opportunities,encourage trade and technology transfer, and contribute to the removal of technical barriers to trade.

IAF establishes and manages the MLAs signed by itsglobal membership of peer-evaluated accreditation bodies, in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes. ILAC performs a similar function for its global membership of peer-evaluated accreditation bodies in the fields of laboratory (including testing and calibration activities) and inspection accreditation. The two cooperative forums work together in harmonizing accreditation of conformity assessment programmes worldwide.

A conformance certificate from a Certification Body accredited by a signatory to an IAF MLA offers a company a single certification, accepted globally. Similarly, a test or inspection report issued by a laboratory or inspection body accredited by a signatory to an ILAC MRA, supports consumer confidence in the results and provides the opportunity for widespread acceptance.

The signing of the MoU will extend the reach of all three organizations; aiding the ITU’s C&I programme by ensuring that ITU standards translate intointernational ICT interoperability.

For more on ITU’s C&I programme, see ITU’s C&I portal.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 09:55:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 14 June 2012
Inaugural Focus Group on Smart Cable Television, Geneva, Switzerland, 19 – 21 June 2012

Meeting announcement (TSB Circular 283)

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Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:40:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

An online database of mobile country codes (MCCs) and mobile network codes (MNCs), defined by Recommendation ITU-T E.212: The international identification plan for public networks and subscriptions, is the latest addition to ITU-T’s International Numbering Resources (INR database).
MCCs are used to identify mobile telephony installations in wireless telephone networks and are used in combination with MNCs to uniquely identify network operators. The new database also provides listings of shared international mobile telephony codes, and MCC+MNC configurations used extra-territorially (MCC+MNC assigned to an operator in one country, but used in another through the establishment of a foreign base station by that operator).
Slaheddine Maaref, Tunisie Telecom: “In the past, authoritative MCC+MNC information was available only through ITU-T’s Operational Bulletin. The online database is thus a welcome addition to ITU-T’s services; offering me information of a quality and accuracy comparable to that of the Bulletin, but with the added benefits of real-time updates to its content and an ability to select and export only the information I am looking for.”
Access to the database is a membership benefit available only to ITU Member States and ITU-T Sector Members.
The database is navigable through such search criteria as codes, countries/regions or network operators. Search results can be exported to MS Word or Excel files, and can be bookmarked as favourites in one’s Internet browser.

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Thursday, 14 June 2012 09:20:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Eco-design to reduce e-waste and enabling policies highlighted
Geneva, 5 June 2012 – Participants at the 7th ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change have issued a Declaration that encourages ICT manufacturers to make their products more easily upgradable without need for replacing the entire device. The call to promote a life cycle approach in the design of ICTs (eco-design) also means better taking into account how components in a device can be recycled. Reducing e-waste and providing incentives and encouragement for e-waste take back schemes were just some of the issues included in the Declaration issued at the end of the event on Friday, 31 May.

The Declaration adopted by the approximately 150 participants at the event also called for enabling policies to encourage investment in smart technologies and ICT based clean technologies (cleantech) as a way of promoting green growth and sustainable development. In addition the support of ITU methodologies to measure the impact of ICT and a recommendation to ramp up research and development on the use of ICTs for monitoring, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change are mentioned.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:10:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 11 June 2012

ITU Workshop on "ICT Innovations for Developing Countries" Tunis, Tunisia, 20 June 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 286)

On-line registration Deadline for registration: 13 June 2012 New

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Monday, 11 June 2012 09:03:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU is organizing a roundtable on the effectiveness of RAND-based (reasonable and non-discriminatory) patent policies, 10 October 2012.

The ITU Patent Roundtable is being held in light of the recent worldwide increase in patent litigation, and possible lack of adherence to standards bodies’ existing IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) policies.

The event, which will be run using a World Café methodology, will provide a neutral venue for industry, standards bodies and regulators to exchange ideas that will guide future discussions on whether current patent policies and existing industry practices adequately respond to the needs of the various stakeholders. It will bring together standards bodies, industry players and government representatives from around the world aiming to find solutions to the key issues today affecting the ICT industry’s engagement with patents and standards.
More here.

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Monday, 11 June 2012 08:14:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 08 June 2012

ITU Workshop on "Cloud Computing" Tunis, Tunisia, 18-19 June 2012

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 280)

On-line registration Deadline for registration: 13 June 2012

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Friday, 08 June 2012 09:30:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |