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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 and upload documents to the informal FTP areas?

OPTION 1: Using a FTP client to access and upload documents

An FTP client is a software which uses the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to transfer files to and from a remote computer.
Before starting you should have an FTP client installed in your machine. FileZilla is a free, open-source FTP client for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

FTP Settings:
Important Note: # is to be replaced with the corresponding Study Group number.
  • Remote hostname: ifa.itu.int
  • Remote directory for Study Groups 2 to 20: /t/2013/sg#/
  • Remote directory for TSAG: /t/2013/tsag/
  • Remote directory for RevCom: /t/2013/revcom/ 
OPTION 2: Using Windows Explorer to access and upload documents

You can use Windows Explorer to access and upload documents to the FTP area.
Important Note: # is to be replaced with the corresponding Study Group number.
  • Open your Windows Explorer (shortcut: WIndows Key + E)
  • In the address bar, type ftp://ifa.itu.int/t/2013/sg#/ .
  • When prompted log in with your TIES or Guest account.
Access the Informal FTP area from your Mac

Mac has a built-in FTP client that allows you to connect easily to FTP sites. Note that this client works on read-only mode only, so if you want to upload a document you will need to use an FTP client as described above under Option 1.
Important Note: # is to be replaced with the corresponding Study Group number.
  • From your Mac desktop or Finder, hit Command+K to pull up the “Connect to Server” window (alternatively, you can access this from the “Go” menu)
  • In the Server Address bar, type ftp://ifa.itu.int/t/2013/sg#/ .
  • When prompted log in with your TIES or Guest account.
Using a web browser to access documents on read-mode only
Important Note: # is to be replaced with the corresponding Study Group number.

Add-ons and applications

Mozilla Firefox:
FireFTP is a free Firefox add-on which provide easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

Google Chrome:
sFTP Client is a paid Chrome application for Google Chrome / Chrome OS.