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 Monday, 22 July 2013

Seeichi Tsugawa, Chairman of ITU-T's Study Group 3 provides a video update on the results of the group's recent meeting.

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Monday, 22 July 2013 14:44:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 19 July 2013

Following the recent ITU/UNECE workshop on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) (see previous newslog), ITU interviewed Russ Shields, Chairman of ITU’s Collaboration on Intelligent Transport Systems (CITS).

Shields provides a definition of ITS and explains why the technology is equally as important in developing countries as it is in the developed world.

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Friday, 19 July 2013 07:33:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 16 July 2013, a new ITU broadband standard, that promises up to 1 Gbit/s over existing copper telephone wires, is one step closer following a meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 this week. is designed to deliver superfast downloads up to a distance of 250 meters, thereby eliminating the expense of installing fibre between the distribution point and people’s homes.

The Geneva meeting saw first stage approval of ITU standard, Recommendation ITU-T G.9700, that specifies methods to minimize the risk of equipment interfering with broadcast services such as FM radio, paving the way for to be approved in early 2014. is expected to be deployed by service providers wanting to provide fibre to the home (FTTH) like services, which will enable flexible upstream and downstream speeds to support bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming Ultra-HDTV movies, uploading high-resolution video and photo libraries to cloud-based storage, and communicating via HD video.

Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU: “Since the early days of the World Wide Web, people around the world have accessed the vast resource that has become the Internet via ITU standards. I applaud our membership for continuing to show great leadership in the development of these specifications that bring broadband into our homes at ever increasing speeds and at ever greater efficiencies.”

Full press release 

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:50:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 12 July 2013

ITU workshops in Durban, South Africa have underlined Africa’s commitment to countering spam and ensuring the eco-friendly management of e-waste, the subjects of new provisions of the revised International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs).

The events were hosted by South Africa’s Department of Communications at the International Convention Centre in Durban. Two full-day ITU workshops – free of charge and open to all – discussed “Countering and Combating Spam”, 8 July 2013, and “Environmentally Sound Management of e-Waste”, 9 July 2013.

The workshops considered questions of particular relevance to African countries. Spam is said to account for 60-80 per cent of emails in Africa and the continent has become the world’s most prominent importer of used electronic goods.

The spam workshop opened with presentations on the nature and dimensions of the spam challenge, followed by interactive tracks on the roles of policy and standards in combating spam and the associated contributions of government and industry. Targeted sessions presented the outcomes of WTSA-12 and WCIT-12 as they related to spam, with another giving an overview of the standards developed by ITU-T Study Group 17 (Security) under its study of “Countering spam by technical means”.

The workshop’s outcomes, detailed here, propose that the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) partners with the African Union to develop a model law for spam (including SMS spam) and to craft a model programme for cooperation between governments and industry in combatting spam, with components such as mechanisms for inter-agency cooperation to detect and eliminate ‘botnets’. ATU was also invited to collaborate with the African Union, ITU and the Internet Society (ISOC) in creating a programme helping African ISPs to implement effective anti-spam tools and to educate end-users on the safe identification and handling of suspicious messages.

The e-waste workshop highlighted the complexity of the e-waste challenge, hearing the views of government, industry and consumer representatives in analyzing lessons learnt from Africa’s fast-growing volume of experience in managing e-waste. Presentations covered existing policy frameworks and standards relevant to eco-friendly e-waste management, spurring discussions on future e-waste actions in Africa with an emphasis on the establishment of requisite legal and regulatory environments.

The workshop’s outcomes, detailed here, set the tone for African countries to develop and implement e-waste policies, regulations and best practices, pursuant to Article 11 of the ITRs. ATU was encouraged to partner with the African Union, Regional Economic Committees, ITU and other relevant organizations to assist African countries in developing national e-waste regulation. It was in addition asked to work with the African Union to develop a model programme for cooperation between government and industry in managing e-waste through the implementation of international standards (ITU-T Recommendations). Outcomes also called for collaboration between ATU and ITU-T Study Group 5 (Environment and climate change) in exploring the possibility of an ITU project to assist in the establishment of processing and refining/recycling facilities in the region, and SG5 was invited to carry out a survey on the existing e-waste legislation of ITU Member States.

More information on ITU-T, the Environment and Climate Change is available here.

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Friday, 12 July 2013 09:05:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 04 July 2013

An event jointly organized by ITU and Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) will feature a workshop to advance the ITU conformance and interoperability (C&I) Programme and its activities in the APT region. In addition the event will play host to C&I testing and showcasing in which the region’s ICT players will assess their relative conformance with international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) and the degree to which their products and services interoperate with those of other players.

The ITU/APT C&I event is open to all interested parties, with ITU and APT members invited to attend free of charge and non-members for a fee of USD250. Organizations involved in the C&I testing and showcasing will each be charged a participation fee of USD1,500 to recover the costs incurred by the hosts in providing facilities, Internet connectivity and technical support. The event will be hosted by APT in Bangkok, Thailand, in conjunction with the 22nd APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-22), 11-14 September 2013.

Spanning six days, joint ITU/APT activities will comprise the following:

An ITU workshop, 9-10 September 2013, will discuss the motivations behind the ITU C&I programme and promote its activities in the APT region. In addition, representatives of governments, regulatory bodies, private-sector entities and standards development organizations (SDOs) will identify persistent C&I concerns encountered by APT member countries with a view to providing feedback to ITU study groups.

A C&I testing event, 9-10 September 2013, will assess the interoperability of products and services developed in compliance with ITU-T Recommendations. Manufacturers and service providers will test the interoperability of their current and planned product offerings; sharing the results of interoperability tests on a confidential bilateral basis, using tools such as nondisclosure agreements (NDAs).

C&I showcasing, 9-14 September 2013, will provide demonstrations of manufacturers’ and research institutes’ ICT solutions, shedding light on advanced technologies on the market and under development. Insights gained through the C&I testing and showcasing will be fed into ITU-T’s standardization work in an array of fields, with tests and demos expected to feature innovations in, inter alia:

  • Next-generation networks (NGN),  and particularly VoIP and videoconferencing
  • IPTV including IPTV Multimedia Application Framework (IPTV-MAFR)
  • HTML5
  • Smart TV
  • Software-defined networking (SDN)
  • Optical access

Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) plays an important role in ITU work. The APT Standardization Program (ASTAP)works to build cooperation in the region and assists APT members in their efforts to expand their ICT standardization capacities. In meeting these objectives, ASTAP harmonizes national standards and ensures that the APT region’s needs are taken into account by ITU-T Recommendations.

ITU’s C&I Programme aims to increase compliance with ITU-T Recommendations and thus the likelihood of global interoperability. ITU-T Study Group 11 (Protocols and test specifications) was charged with coordinating the C&I Programme by last November’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai.

Find more information on the upcoming C&I event and the procedure for attendee registration here.

Find more information on the implementation of the ITU C&I Programme in ITU’s C&I Portal.

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Thursday, 04 July 2013 13:07:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |