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 Thursday, 08 November 2012
The opening day of WTSA-12 will feature an interactive workshop introducing activities undertaken by the ITU-T, its membership and secretariat to engage with universities and research institutes.
The academic event will highlight the importance of standards and participation of academics in ICT standardization. Related initiatives including academia membership, ITU’s academic conference Kaleidoscope and  standards education campaigns will be presented and discussed. Some ITU academic members will showcase how they engage in the ITU standards making process.
ITU members and non-members, in particular representatives of universities and R&D labs are invited to participate in the event.
The event will take place from 12:00 to 14:00 on 20 November 2012. A registration form is available here.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 09:47:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Global Standards Symposium (GSS) will take place one day prior to WTSA-12, on 19 November 2012 – in the same venue. The GSS is a one-day event where ministers, regulators, heads of other international, regional and major national standards bodies, and industry from the different regions of the world will discuss global ICT standards challenges.
GSS 2012, the second of its kind, will  focus on the intersection of the ICT sector with other sectors such as healthcare, utilities, and transport. A detailed draft programme is now posted on the GSS website.
The GSS Chairman, H.E. Mr Nasser Bin Abood Al Falasi (Chief Government Relations & Communications Officer, Etisalat Group) will present the symposium’s conclusions to the first Plenary meeting of the WTSA.
The event is open to the interested public – register here.

"This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12"

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 09:36:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 05 November 2012

Focus Group on M2M Service Layer, 13 - 15 November 2012, San Jose, California



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Monday, 05 November 2012 15:25:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 02 November 2012

11th Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM, Aachen, Germany, 12-13 November 2012

Invitation Letter

Registration form

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Friday, 02 November 2012 14:34:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Joint Workshop on Remote Participation reality and principles, Diplo Foundation and Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability, 8 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan

ITU-T and Accessibility

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Friday, 02 November 2012 14:30:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
5th Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC), 8 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan
More info here

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Friday, 02 November 2012 11:59:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

All information about remote participation is available at and is being updated till the day of the Forum.

Click here for real time captioning for this meeting

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Friday, 02 November 2012 11:54:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Forum on Conformance and Interoperability for the Arab and African regions 5 - 7 November 2012,  Tunis (Tunisia)
Invitation letter: English - Français - Arabic

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Friday, 02 November 2012 11:48:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 22 October 2012

A two-day tutorial in Gyeonggi, Korea, 30-31 October, will arm ICT experts in the region with the skills necessary to perform the roles of Rapporteur or Editor in the standardization work of ITU-T.
The event is sponsored by the Korean government and ITU-T and will be hosted by the Korea ITU Committee. The tutorial will be delivered by Gary Fishman, former Chair of the ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG). Watch a video interview with him here.

Rapporteurs are responsible for coordinating standardization work undertaken within a particular “Question” of an ITU-T Study Group. A “Question” refers to a specific area of study and a Rapporteur will oversee work on multiple standards within that subject area, while at the same time liaising with other Questions and Study Groups to ensure that suites of complementary standards are produced in a coordinated manner. An Editor coordinates the construction of particular standard (ITU-T Recommendation); incorporating and consolidating contributions to a standard, and liaising with other Editors, Questions and Study Groups as appropriate.
The upcoming tutorial is part of ITU-T’s ongoing efforts to increase the efficiency and harmonization of the work performed by ITU-T Study Groups. The tutorialwill address, inter alia:

  • Leadership within working groups;
  • Role, authority and responsibility of Rapporteurs and Editors;
  • ITU basic texts as they relate to Rapporteurs and Editors;
  • Approval procedures for Recommendations, annexes, handbooks, etc.

Visit the event’s webpage here

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Monday, 22 October 2012 13:59:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 16 October 2012

ITU members have agreed first-stage approval (consent) of a new Universal Power Adapter standard for devices such as modems, set-top boxes, home networking equipment and fixed telephones.

ITU-T Study Group 5 – Environment and climate change – consented the new draft Recommendation ITU-T L.1001 standardizing the requirements of “External universal power adapter (UPA) solutions for ICT equipment for stationary use”.

The standard will complement ITU’s very successful Universal Charging Solution for mobile devices (Recommendation ITU-T L.1000); enacting further energy savings, reductions in e-waste and heightened consumer convenience by expanding the concept’s application to the vast majority of ICT devices.

As with ITU-T L.1000, ITU-T L.1001 will also work to the benefit of countries not equipped with reliable AC grids as it will be compatible with standalone AC produced by renewable energy sources including the 5V and 12V power interfaces of small photovoltaic systems (solar energy).

Recommendation ITU-T L.1001 will reduce the number of power adapters manufactured by widening the range of compatible devices, facilitating their reuse and recycling, and increasing their build-quality and resilience to overvoltages in such a way that UPAs will enjoy a lifespan of no less than 10 years. By serving more ICT devices, over an increased lifespan, the standardized adapters will drive substantial reductions in energy consumption, limit device duplication, reduce strain on raw materials and enable enormous reductions in e-waste.

A study carried out by the University of Genoa, commissioned by ITU and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)  estimates that the widespread adoption of an energy-efficient UPA solution will eliminate an estimated 300,000 tonnes of e-waste annually.  In addition, the study shows it could reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of external power supplies by between 25 and 50 per cent. The report outlining the findings of the study is available here

The new standard includes basic configurations and general requirements of UPAs and their interfaces: cable; connectors; voltage; current; ripple; noise; energy efficiency; safety; electromagnetic compatibility; resistibility and eco-environmental specifications. The UPAs are designed for ICT devices in people’s homes, and provide a low-voltage input to a device by converting the AC mains voltage to a low-voltage DC output.
Future capabilities of the standard could include compatibility with a DC interface from renewable energy systems or power sockets found in transportation systems (boats, trains, planes, buses, etc.).

For more on the work of ITU-T Study Group 5, please see the group’s webpage here

More on ITU-T’s activities on ICTs, the environment and climate change here

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:11:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In a bid to find a globally agreed solution to concerns that patent hold-ups may reduce innovation and competition, ITU hosted a roundtable on 11 October.

Standards essential patents (SEPs) relate to technology essential for the implementation of a standard in which it is
incorporated, and require the patent holder to make a commitment to license the patent under RAND (Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory) terms.

The high-level roundtable was attended by representatives of Apple, Nokia, Ericsson, Microsoft, Samsung, Research in
Motion, Motorola Mobility and several other key industry players, as well as regulators, patent offices, government
representatives, and experts in intellectual property law. 

Many of the participants attended a meeting of the TSB Director’s Ad Hoc Group during the following two days. This meeting
agreed a roadmap to address the main concerns in particular: the conditions under which companies that have made RAND
commitments should be allowed to seek injunctions; and clarification of the meaning of the word "reasonable" in RAND.

The next meetings of the group will be 24-25 January 2013.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:52:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |