Conformity Assessment guarantees that an ICT equipment implements a technical specification or standards. Compliance helps vendors and users of the equipment to evaluate how the equipment will perform in the network where it will integrate with other network devices to provide an offered network service. Interoperability testing measures if two or more products correctly implement the technical specifications necessary to ensure successful integration supporting particular communication protocols.
Conformance and interoperability testing is important to identify the possible non-compliance aspects of an equipment to be part of ICT network, as defined by accepted standards in the industry, that may interfere in the quality of the network service being provided. High quality performing products available for commercial use contribute to the widespread deployment of the network technologies and their associated network services.
Reducing digital divide: Capacity building activities in the regions are disseminating awareness about conformity and interoperability and highly contribute to reduce the digital divide and standardization gap in developing countries, especially by the introduction of new technologies.
Capacity Building: ITU is implementing human resources capacity building in the regions on conformity, interoperability and testing and the trainings are organized in collaboration with other relevant regional and international organizations to clarify fundamental aspects as accreditation, certification, mutual recognition agreements and to explore the possibility to establish test centers in developing countries.
Assistance in the establishment of test centers and C&I programmes in developing countries: This activity is intended to facilitate the establishment of regional or sub regional conformity and interoperability C&I Programmes, including regional or national test centers, and to encourage/assist with Mutual Recognition Agreements. Guidelines (see below) have been prepared by the BDT in this aim and will provide basic elements to establish a strategy to establish test centers, including technical, human and instrumental resources, international standards and financial issues.