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Informal FTP Areas

1. What are the informal FTP areas (IFAs)?

These electronic facilities are available to the Study Groups for their correspondence work. They are used by the participants as a repository and an exchange facility for documents they are working on.

2. How are the informal FTP areas structured?

The informal FTP areas structure comprises three main folders:
  • docs - The docs folder contains the mirror of meeting documents from DMS. This folder is Read Only to ITU-T members and is managed by TSB and IS. This area will be archived in place at the end of the study period.

  • exchange - The exchange folder is the working area where the Study Group participants can upload and exchange files/documents. This area is organized by the official Study Group structure. ITU-T members have Read+Write access from the Working Party (wp) folders. This area will be archived in place at the end of the study period.

  • temp - The temp folder is the informal area where the Study Group participants can upload and exchange files/documents. This folder is Read+Write for ITU-T members. This area will be deleted at the end of the study period.
A detailed description of the structure of a Study Group's informal FTP area is available in the Electronic Working Methods (EWM) page of the Study Groups.
3. Who can access to a Study Group's informal FTP area (IFA)?

Access to the Study Groups' informal FTP areas (IFA) is restricted to ITU-T members (Sector Member and Academia) and ITU-T Associates*.

*ITU-T Associates are entitled to the have access only to the informal FTP area of the Study Group to which they participate.

4. What account should I use to access a Study Group's informal FTP area (IFA)?

A TIES account or a Guest account is required to access the informal FTP areas. *Find out if you are eligible to have a TIES account.
* *You can use your Guest account to access the informal FTP area only after approval from an ITU-T Study Group Counsellor.

5. How can I access the informal FTP areas?

Log in with your TIES or your Guest username and password.

Note: # is to be replaced with the corresponding Study Group number.

Via the Web using a web browser
  • For Study Groups 2 to 17: http://ifa.itu.int/t/2013/sg#/
  • For TSAG: http://ifa.itu.int/t/2013/tsag/
Via FTP using a FTP client
  • Remote hostname: ifa.itu.int
  • Subdirectory for Study Groups 2 to 17: /t/2013/sg#/
  • Subdirectory for TSAG: /t/2013/tsag/
6. How can I upload a document to the FTP areas using a web browser?

Using Mozilla Firefox: Free add-ons (ex. FireFTP) which provide easy and intuitive access to FTP servers are available for Mozilla Firefox.

Using Microsoft Internet Explorer:
  • Type ftp://ifa.itu.int/t/2013/sg#/ on the address bar.
  • Log in with your TIES or Guest account.
  • To view the FTP site in Windows Explorer, click Page, and then click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer.