Next Generation Networks and Applications
08 May 2009
Ladies and gentlemen
Good morning and on behalf of ITU I am pleased to welcome you to this Joint
ITU and Ministry of Transport and Communications Workshop on Next Generation
Networks and Applications.
Firstly, I would like to offer my thanks to our hosts, and especially to
H.E. Mr. Evripidis Stylianidis, Minister of Transport and Communications and
Mr. Ioannis Adamopoulos, Secretary General of Communications for their
personal commitment to hold this event in the beautiful city of Athens.
I would also like to give me appreciation to Mr Nissim Benmayor, Chairman of
the organizing committee for this event.
Today we will have an update on one of the key topics that ITU members have
been working on in the last few years.
NGN packet-switched technology brings seamless connectivity and high-speed
services over any network, and any device, worldwide.
ITU’s Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI)
represents one of the largest, most wide-ranging standardization projects
NGN will bring about the ability to quickly rollout and support new
value-added services. This will be essential in an increasingly competitive
NGN’s flexibility is due to the fact that service-related functions are
independent of the underlying transport-related technologies. This means
that service providers will be able to respond much more quickly to new
And perhaps more importantly in today’s economic climate the capital cost of
deploying NGN technology, both in the core of the network, and the operating
costs, are significantly lower than circuit switched technologies.
It also has the potential to be a much greener technology, with estimates of
power savings of 40% over legacy networks. NGN is therefore a very
significant contributor to ITU’s efforts to promote the use of ICTs to
reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
So NGN will enable a range of multimedia services to be provided easier with
less cost, and so increase potential revenues, as well as offering consumers
greater choice at reduced rates.
One of the most highly visible services to emerge as part of the work on NGN
Indeed IPTV can be seen as both the business case and principal driver for
accelerating deployment of NGN.
Many standards on IPTV are currently under development in ITU and we will
examine this work in more detail during this event.
Ladies and gentlemen
The ubiquitous network that will seamlessly connect anyone, anytime,
anywhere, by anything, requires global standards, and a global standards
body like ITU clearly has an increasing role to play.
But, ITU must also meet the unique requirements of each local market, and to
do this it is essential to involve all stakeholders.
Participation of the full ITU membership of 191 governments and over 700
private sector entities in the standards making process is essential if ITU
is to fulfill its mission to connect the world.
NGN must ensure end-to-end security, and deliver value to all stakeholders:
consumers, enterprises, service providers, government and civil society must
Global standards developed in ITU will make this possible.
Without these standards, global NGN development and deployment would be slow
Conformity to these standards will foster an environment where service
providers can pick and choose equipment from a variety of vendors, and will
greatly increase the probability of interoperability. This will increase
competition and bring down costs.
Conformity and interoperability is something we will be placing much greater
emphasis on in ITU’s standards work in the future. This was one of the
outcomes of last year’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly in
Johannesburg, where great concern was expressed about difficulties being
experienced with non-conforming equipment.
ITU was formed in 1865 with the aim to ensure the interoperability of the
innovative international telegraph service. Our aim remains the same to this
day, even though it is now much more challenging with the increasing
complexity of today’s telecommunications and ICT equipment and services.
Events like this are an important opportunity to assist in advancing the
knowledge and understanding of these global trends. It also gives us an
opportunity to tell you something about ITU and especially our work on NGN
But equally they are an opportunity for us to meet with you the
stakeholders, and understand – better – your needs, and to encourage your
involvement in our work.
It also gives you an opportunity to share your experiences and interact with
your peers from many other countries in the region and beyond.
We have excellent speakers, leading experts in this field, and I would like
to thank them for being with us today. I am sure you will find their
presentations both very interesting and very enlightening, and I encourage
you to participate in an open dialogue with them.
But finally I wish you all an enjoyable and informative event.
Thank you for your attention.