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 Friday, 28 June 2013

Standardization work on software-defined networking (SDN), a key priority for ITU-T in 2013, is progressing well in ITU-T’s Study Group 11 (SG11) with a number of important specifications nearing maturity following a meeting of two specialized groups in June.

SG11 is tasked with developing the signalling requirements and protocols on SDN. The work will align with the functional requirements and architectures developed by ITU-T’s Study Group 13. In addition a Joint Coordination Activity on SDN was recently established to coordinate the work.

Matt Lopez, NEC Corporation and Rapporteur on Question 4/11 Signalling requirements and protocols for Bearer and Resource control in emerging telecommunication environments: “ITU-T’s consensus-based standards process provides an opportunity for the industry to agree common objectives for the emerging SDN environment, and resulting standards will do much to unify industry players in their work to introduce SDN on a large scale.” 

Draft Recommendations in progress include a document specifying the scenarios and signalling requirements using SDN technologies in Broadband Access Network (BAN). A software-defined BAN (SBAN) simplifies network configuration, making deployment of new services easier and improving broadband service provision. Working document is available here (members only).

Another document provides a gap analysis of SDN work going on across ITU and other standardization bodies as well as a framework, requirements and architecture for signalling in SDN. Working document is available here (members only).

In addition SG 11 experts are working on a Recommendation that describes the scenarios and signalling requirements for a unified intelligent programmable interface for IPv6 service deployment. This working document is available here.

The next physical meetings of the groups focusing on SDN will take place November 2013 in Uganda. For updated information see ITU-T Study Group 11 homepage.

See previous story published after ITU-T SG11 meeting in February 2013 here and a report of a workshop focusing on the topic here.

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Friday, 28 June 2013 17:13:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU regrets to announce the death of Marie-Thérèse Alajouanine (1950-2013).  

Marie-Thérèse was a valued and prolific contributor to the work of ITU and as such a familiar face, will be sadly missed by the many colleagues and delegates of the various ITU groups that she led with vision and energy. 

Read the full text of the obituary and offer condolences to her family here.

Friday, 28 June 2013 15:16:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Lucía Ramón Torres, a Mexican lawyer working as an advisor to the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, has written an ITU blog post illustrating how ICTs are the key tool for performing her professional work, and how they can be the key for the full digital inclusion of thousands of persons with disabilities around the world.

Read the full text on ITU blog here.

Friday, 28 June 2013 14:53:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 27 June 2013

ITU Headquarters in Geneva will in July host back-to-back meetings of ITU-T Study Group 15 and IEEE 802, two of the world’s foremost expert groups in the development of the international standards that give shape to global optical transport networks and the array of wireless, optical and copper-based access technologies through which end-users connect.

The meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 (Networks, Technologies and Infrastructures for Transport, Access and Home), 1-12 July, will be followed by the 14-17 July Plenary Session of IEEE  802, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) expert group renowned for its influential stable of Ethernet and WiFi specifications. In parallel on 13 July, a free of charge, open to all workshop jointly organized by ITU/IEEE-SA will gather experts from ITU-T SG 15 and IEEE 802.1 (Higher Layer LAN Protocols Working Group) to present and discuss their work on Ethernet protection and packet synchronization. The event is a continuation of ITU-T Study Group 15 and the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee's effort to ensure the efficient coordination of their work.

ITU-T Study Group 15 develops international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) that define technologies and architectures of optical transport networks enabling long-haul global information exchange; fibre- or copper-based access networks through which subscribers connect; home networks connecting in-premises devices and interfacing with the outside world and smart grid technologies.

Meeting in July, the group will continue working towards the completion of key standards set for approval in 2013, including 40-Gigabit-capable passive optical networks (NG-PON2) and the full series of Recommendations in the ITU-T G.989 series describing the time and wavelength division multiplexed (TWDM) PON system.

Also planned for approval in 2013, under the working name ‘G.epon’, are standards on Ethernet PON using optical network terminal (ONT) management and control interface (OMCI), as well as standards under ‘G.multi’ to specify control aspects of multiple wavelength PONs. Study Group 15 also expects to reach first-stage approval (‘consent’) of ‘’ before the close of 2013. The new specification promises to enable fibre-optic data speeds up to of 1 Gbit/s over “last-mile” copper connections from fibre termination points to customers’ homes.

IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee develops and maintains networking standards and recommended practices for a range of networks including local, metropolitan and other area networks; applying an open, internationally accredited standards process and advocating for the implementation of its standards on a global basis.

IEEE 802 standards having gained widespread adoption include those for Ethernet, Bridging and Virtual Bridged LANs, Wireless LAN, Wireless PAN, Wireless MAN, Wireless Coexistence, Media Independent Handover Services, and Wireless RAN.

The upcoming IEEE 802 Plenary Session in Geneva will see participation from the full range of IEEE 802’s Working Groups: 802.1 (Higher Layer LAN Protocols); 802.3 (Ethernet); 802.11 (Wireless LAN); 802.15 (Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN)); 802.16 (Broadband Wireless Access); 802.18 (Radio Regulatory TAG); 802.19 (Wireless Coexistence); 802.21 (Media Independent Handover Services); 802.22 (Wireless Regional Area Networks); 802.24 (Smart Grid TAG); and the  OmniRAN EC Study Group.

Read more on ITU standards for Transport, Access and Home on the ITU-T Study Group 15 at a Glance page.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:45:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In the latest ITU blog post, Scott Pennock, Chairman of the now-terminated Focus Group on Driver Distraction, writes on how the automotive and ICT communities are working towards a convergence of automobiles and ICTs that prioritizes drivers' safety. More...

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:49:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 25 June 2013

In the latest post to the ITU blog, ITU-T Study Group 2 Chairman, Sherif Guinena, describes the upsurge in numbering fraud and what SG2 is doing to counter it. More...

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:21:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 24 June 2013

Frederica Scott Vollrath (Germany) has clinched first prize in the 2013 World Standards Day poster competition, receiving the lion’s share of the deciding vote with a poster depicting manufacturing blueprints as an illustration of 2013’s World Standards Day theme: International standards ensure positive change.

Frederica wins 1, 500 Swiss francs courtesy of IEC, ISO and ITU, the three international standards developing organizations (SDOs) comprising the World Standards Cooperation (WSC). Her poster will provide the visual identity to this year’s World Standards Day, 14 October, appearing worldwide in the promotion and celebration of this international day of observance.

Motivating the conceptual basis for her poster design, Frederica explains that as a “sustainable product designer,” she has been “trained to capture complex 3D design ideas as 2D technical drawings in the interest of providing simple plans for manufacturers to follow.” Conveying how standards simplify otherwise complex industrial processes, Frederica centred her poster around a designer’s working drawings of blueprints, which she notes can be “both intriguing and visually appealing; almost works of art in themselves.”

The poster competition in addition awarded cash prizes of 500 Swiss francs to each of the three runners-up: Seuwandi Yapa and Samith Roshan (Sri Lanka); Taylor Marquis (Canada); and Dimitri Monnois (France).

See the posters designed by the winner and three runners-up here

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Monday, 24 June 2013 12:46:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 20 June 2013

This coming Saturday, 22 June, the IS Department will conduct an exercise testing its disaster recovery (DR) plan for our email service.  We would like to test this plan by simulating a "disaster" and consequently activating the DR plan.  The exercise will allow us to verify the effectiveness of the DR plan. We will test roles and responsibilities, recover data, restore email service at a secondary location, and restore network connectivity to a new service.

The exercise will start on 22 June at 09:00 and should be finished by 18:00. During this time, there will be limited access to the email service for ITU staff, first at around 09:00 for 3 hours and again at around 15:00 for about another 3 hours, so 9:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00.  Access interruption will be experienced from Outlook client, Outlook Web Access, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, etc.

It is important to note that no email will be lost. It is only staff access to the email service that will be interrupted.  The service will continue to receive emails, so any email sent by external contacts will be delivered to the respective ITU mailboxes and can be viewed as soon as access is restored. 

If you have any questions, please contact the ITU Service Desk at

Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:43:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |