With the Internet Protocol (IP) rapidly becoming one of the most favoured means of exchanging information across the world’s increasingly diverse voice and data networks, ITU has moved quickly to prioritize efforts to bridge IP networks and mainstream circuit-switched telephone networks.
Under the IP Project, a general framework and architecture for future IP standardization efforts was adopted, while joint development work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) led to Recommendation ITU-T H.248 (also called Megaco), which will function as a common standard for both the circuit-switched and IP-based worlds, as well as serving as the platform for future IETF standards work. Recommendation ITU-T Y.1310, which standardizes the transport of IP over ATM in public telecommunication networks, was also approved by ITU Members, and endorsed by the IETF.
In addition, ITU initiated the IP Cablecom project, which aims to develop interoperable specifications for delivering advanced, real-time multi-media services over two-way cable networks.
In other IP-related activities, a senior representative from the ITU-T Study Group dealing with IP networks was elected to the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in time for the first general assembly of the Corporation’s Protocol Supporting Organization (PSO) in Pittsburgh in August. ITU will undertake the ICANN PSO secretariat function, and will host the ICANN PSO general assembly in 2002.