World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08)
The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly is the regular four yearly event that defines the next period of study for ITU-T. South Africa kindly hosted the event in 2008. Preparations for WTSA-08 took place throughout 2008 notably in regional preparatory meetings.
The assembly reviewed working methods including approval process, the work programme and the structure of Study Groups.
WTSA-08 defined general policy and adopted working methods and procedures for ITU-T. The duties and functions of the
World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly are laid down in Article 18 of the ITU Constitution and Article 13
of the ITU Convention.
This year WTSA-08 has chosen for its logo The Baobab Tree with the sun rising symbolising the start of a new era for
information communication technologies (ICT) in Africa.
The Baobab Tree is known for its deep, strong, penetrating roots and longevity, and is held to symbolise endurance,
tolerance, ingenuity and resourcefulness. These are all characteristics shared by the family of ITU members in its vision
to connect the world.
Regional preparatory meetings Regional preparatory meetings were organised by regional organizations. In addition ITU held an
Americas and African preparatory meeting. To assist with these preparations, in association with one
regional preparatory meeting in each region ITU held a Regional Development Forum on bridging the
standardization gap between developed and developing countries. The Forums encouraged greater
understanding of, and participation in, the work of ITU-T. They explained the status of the current
hot topics under discussion in ITU-T, and how to become involved in ITU-T activities in order to
champion the interests of each region in the development of international ICT standards.
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Side Events during WTSA-08
During WTSA three evening side events were held covering the topics Cybersecurity, ICT Accessibility and ICT and Climate Change.
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Conditions for invitation and admission
The conditions for invitation and admission to the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly
are specified in Article 25 of the ITU Convention.
Candidates for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of ITU-T SGs and TSAG
In accordance with WTSA Resolution 35 (Montreal 2000), the Director of TSB issued
TSB Circular 229 inviting Member States and
Sector Members to nominate candidates for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of ITU-T Study
Groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), and the Study
Group 3 regional tariff groups for the study period 2009-2012. The newly elected Study
Group management teams can be seen here.
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Global Standards Symposium, 20 October 2008 This was the first WTSA preceded by a Global Standards Symposium (GSS). GSS was a high
level event bringing together all major ICT standards makers to discuss bridging the
standardization gap and improving collaboration to achieve this objective. [ News | Event details ]
Meetings start at 0930 and finish at 1730 with lunch
break from 1230 to 1430.
Except on Friday, meeting start at 0900 and finish
at 1730 with lunch break from 1200 to 1430. From
22 to 28 October, there are two or three parallel
Three side events are scheduled from 1800 up to
Lunch time sessions are from 1300 to 1400.
Structure of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (Johannesburg, South Africa - 2008)