One of the core objectives of international standardization is to enable the global interoperability of ICT networks and devices. Products developed in accordance with ITU standards (ITU-T Recommendations) should provide the interoperability needed for users of these products to make use of them anywhere in the world, regardless of who has manufactured them and who is offering the service.
ITU created the Conformity and Interoperability (C&I) Programme in response to a request from the ITU membership to ensure the interoperability of ICT products implemented according to ITU-T Recommendations or part thereof.
The Programme is also aimed at soliciting feedback to improve the quality of ITU-T Recommendations and at reducing the digital divide and the Standardization Gap by providing developing countries with the requisite tools and expertise to establish regional C&I test centres.
The Programme is implemented in accordance with Resolution 177 (Guadalajara, 2010) of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.
The three ITU Sectors today all have Resolutions on C&I. ITU-D is instructed by Resolution 47 of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10); ITU-R by Resolution 62 of the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-12); and ITU-T by Resolution 76 of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12).
This ITU Conformity and Interoperability (C&I) Portal covers a wide range of issues pertaining to the ITU C&I Programme including key concepts; training opportunities; assistance for regional C&I test centres; links to ITU databases related to C&I; and information on relevant SDOs, testing laboratories and certification and accreditation bodies.
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