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 Monday, January 28, 2013

Successor to award-winning standard to unleash new innovation
Geneva, 25 January 2013 – A new video coding standard building on the PrimeTime Emmy award winning ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC was agreed by ITU members today.

The new codec will considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use. The new standard, known informally as ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC) will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ (AVC), which currently accounts for over 80 per cent of all web video. HEVC will unleash a new phase of innovation in video production spanning the whole ICT spectrum, from mobile devices through to Ultra-High Definition TV.

ITU-T’s Study Group 16 has agreed first-stage approval (consent) of the much-anticipated standard known formally as Recommendation ITU-T H.265 or ISO/IEC 23008-2. It is the product of collaboration between the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

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Monday, January 28, 2013 11:27:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The registration deadline for ITU’s ICT Innovation Application Challenge has been extended from 22 January 2013 to 12 February 2013.

Launched in November 2012, the Challenge aims to promote sustainable, equitable economic growth in emerging economies by unearthing apps targeting the social and economic inclusion of traditionally underserved communities.

Winning apps will be those that improve the quality of life experienced by citizens of developing countries, especially for communities at the financial or geographic margins of society. Suggested areas of focus include mobile health, mobile money, e-learning, e-government and intelligent transport systems.

The best app submitted by an individual or small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) will be awarded USD 5,000, courtesy of Nokia Siemens Networks. Winners will receive their awards at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, 13-17 May 2013.

Register here as a Challenge entrant, by 12 February 2013.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:07:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Please note that two new features have been added  in the Work Programme website:

1- User friendly parameters in the WP search page URL

Available since the 7th of January.

Four parameters in the www.itu.int/workprog/ site have been defined in order to enable a quick and intuitive access to the WP items.

   • Why such an update?

      – To enhance the search ability of the WP items

   • How?

      – By simply using query parameters in the url :

Friendly query parameter

Expected value

sp

Study Period number

sg

Study group number

wp

Full or partial Working Party number

q

Full or partial question number

   • Sample 

   "www.itu.int/itu-t/workprog/wp_search.aspx?sg=16&wp=1"
   "www.itu.int/itu-t/workprog/wp_search.aspx?sg=16&q=1"

   And those can be directly accessed using the following WP short URL :  

   "www.itu.int/itu-t/workprog/sg16/wp1"
   "www.itu.int/itu-t/workprog/sg16/q1"


2- New friendly name for a LS coming from outside ITU

Available since the 16th of January, and this is applied only to the newly registered LSs.

This update concerns only LS where the source of the document was registered.

   • Why such an update?

   – To avoid multiplication of numbering,
   – To keep track of the indicated source document reference
   
   • How?

   – By using the reference as friendly name,
   – If no reference is indicated, auto numbering is still used.

   • Sample for a LS coming from 3GPP TSG SA

   – If no reference was given, no change: “3GPP TSG SA - LS 14”
   – If “TD SP-120448” was indicated as reference: “3GPP TSG SA - TD SP-120448”


Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:05:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 21, 2012

An ITU workshop "e-Health services in low-resource settings: Requirements and ITU role" will take place in Tokyo, Japan, 4-5 February 2013, at the kind invitation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan.

The workshop is a follow-up to the Joint ITU-WHO workshop on e-health Standards and Interoperability held in Geneva, April 2012. It aims at facilitating information sharing between e-health experts and to increase the understanding between developed and developing countries of what are the common threads, the different priorities and the challenges for the implementation of e-health services in low-resource settings.

The overarching goal is to identify a comprehensive roadmap for ITU activities towards implementation of e-health services in low-resource settings that includes the necessary standardization and interoperability studies. In addition, the results of this workshop will feed into the work of the relevant ITU-D and ITU-T Study Groups as well as the ITU-T Focus Group on Machine to Machine (M2M) Service Layer.

The workshop is open to interested participants and experts from the Asia-Pacific region, ITU Member States, Sector Members, ITU-D and ITU-T Study Group Associates, including representatives from regional and international organizations.

More information can be found here.

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Friday, December 21, 2012 11:31:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The 50 Resolutions and one Opinion approved by the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA12) are now online together with the modified ITU-T A-Series Recommendations that guide the work of ITU-T.
WTSA-12 which took place from 20 to 29 November 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, defined the next study period for ITU-T.

Please note that the Editorial Committee will meet 9-10 January 2013 in Geneva for its final meeting, so there may still be editorial changes to the texts. WTSA-12 also appointed the leadership of the ten ITU-T study groups, the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), regional groups and the Standardization Committee for Vocabulary and the Review Committee (see http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/wtsa12/Pages/wtsa12-results-chairmen.aspx).

The Plenary reports are available here.

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Friday, December 21, 2012 4:07:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012
Call for applications to focus on Smarter Cities

Geneva, 20 December, 2012 – ITU together with Telefónica will today launch the 3rd Green ICT Application Challenge. A prize of 5,000 US dollars will be awarded to the application that best helps to promote Smart Sustainable Cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.

The impact of urban areas on natural resources necessitates a path of sustainable growth and development for the expansion of cities. It is expected that 70 per cent of the world population will be urban by 2050, and that most of this growth will occur in less developed countries. Cities currently emit 71 per cent of total greenhouse gases and consume between 60 and 80 per cent of the world’s energy. Innovative use of ICTs can drive solutions to make cities more efficient and sustainable.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:25:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |