ITU Session at BBF / EXPO COMM ITALIA 2009 on "ITU studies on NGN, wireless and interoperability"
Rome, Italy, 25 November 2009
14h30 - 17h30
Alessia Magliarditi, Promotion Officer, ITU-T: Overview of ITU’s Telecommunication
Standardization Sector (ITU-T) in the light of the main results of the World Telecommunication
Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08)
This presentation will first provide a general overview of the ITU’s Telecommunication
Standardization Sector (ITU-T), responsible for telecommunication standards (ITU-T Recommendations).
ITU-T Recommendations are defining elements in information and communication technologies (ICTs)
infrastructure. Whether we exchange voice, data or video messages, communications cannot
take place without standards linking the sender and the receiver. Today’s work extends well
beyond the traditional areas of telephony to encompass a far wider range of information and
In addition, this presentation will give a brief overview of today priority work areas that
ensure the needs of developing countries are taken into account in the development of
global ICTs; accessibility; adopting international standards to ensure seamless global
communications and interoperability for next generation networks (NGN); building confidence
and security in the use of ICTs; emergency communications to develop early warning systems
and to provide access to communications during and after disasters; the reduction of the
impact of ICTs on climate change as well as a better understanding of how ICTs can mitigate
Finally, this presentation will show the main results of the last World Telecommunication
Standardization Assembly (WTSA) - held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October 2008 – and,
in particular, it will focus on the Resolutions of interest of developing countries aimed at
facilitating participation and actions to reduce the standardization gap.
Marco Carugi, ITU-T Expert and SG13 Vice-Chair, Independent Consultant: NGN studies in ITU-T
Next generation networks (NGN) and specially converged networks are the future of modern
telecommunications. NGN is the basis for the growth of today’s telecommunications industry.
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the progress of the NGN standardization
activities in ITU-T Study Group 13. In line with approved and ongoing ITU-T Recommendations
developed to satisfy the NGN objectives, and using the basic service-oriented concept of
"NGN capabilities", some key achievements and future steps in various technical domains will
The presentation will also touch some service topics of relevance in the market and currently
generating interest and contributions within the overall standardization community such as
IPTV and multimedia services, managed delivery services and NGN open service environment.
Martin Adolph, Project Officer, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T: Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN) in NGN
Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN) in NGN is a conceptual network built over existing physical
networks which make use of sensed data and provide knowledge services to anyone, anywhere and
at anytime, and where the information is generated by using context awareness, using wire-line
sensor networks and/or Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs).
WSNs, wireless networks consisting of interconnected and spatially distributed autonomous
devices using sensors to cooperatively monitor physical or environmental conditions
(e.g., temperature, sound, vibration, pressure, motion or pollutants) at different locations.
Such isolated simple applications and services have been evolving with network evolution
connecting the new intelligent information and existing network infrastructures called
Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN). It opens wide possibilities for applications for various
customers such as human consumers, public organizations, enterprises, government, etc.
The recently consented new Recommendation ITU-T Y.2221 (Mar del Plata, Argentina, September 2009),
"Requirements for support of Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN) applications and services in the NGN
environment" provides a description and general characteristics of Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN)
and USN applications and services. It also analyzes service requirements of USN applications and
services, and specifies extended or new NGN capability requirements based on the service
Marco Carugi, ITU-T Expert and SG13 Vice-Chair, Independent Consultant: WTSA-08 Resolution 76, a way to conformity and interoperability for ICTs
2008’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) addressed conformance
and interoperability testing issues in discussions which led to the adoption of
Resolution 76: Studies related to conformance and interoperability testing, assistance
to developing countries, and a possible future ITU mark programme.
The aim is to have ITU-T Study Groups more actively involved in developing test suites
in key areas of ICTs and to have TSB assist developing countries increase their capacity
to conduct tests. This includes the planning and creation of their own test facilities.
Additionally, the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) is
instructed to gather information on the effects of implementation on ITU, manufacturers,
market, and QoS, as well as possible mechanisms to do so. This presentation will show some
of the results of the study that will form the basis of a report to the ITU Council 2009.
This presentation is addressed to industry, customers and end-users of ICT products and
services, test laboratories, regulators, governments, certification organizations, standard
bodies, operators, service providers and representatives of civil society.
Participants will see how the establishment of a common understanding of conformity
assessment will increase the probability of interoperability and how this area is linked
to the quality of standards, quality of service and can be beneficial to all the stakeholders.