Executive Summary of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Meeting (Lima, 2-13 December 2013)
Participants: 174 - The final list of participants is available in
TDs (not counting the revisions): 276
Incoming liaison statements: 54
Outgoing liaison statements: 28
Main discussions and results
TSB Director was asked to inform Council 2014 that ITU-T Study Group 5 is of the opinion that the definition proposed by the Correspondence Group on the Elaboration of a Working Definition of the Term “ICT” is in conflict with SG5 mandate as per WTSA Resolution 2. The exclusion of services and also applications may have an impact on the environmental assessment of telecommunications. SG5 is therefore of the opinion that the proposed definition is not yet mature enough to be endorsed by Council 2014.
The report of Working Party 1/5 can be found in
TD [444-GEN (Rev2)].
The report of Working Party 2/5 can be found in
TD [446-GEN (Rev3)].
The report of Working Party 3/5 can be found in
TD [440-GEN (Rev3)].
Working Party 1/5 – Damage prevention and safety
Working Party 1 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:
K.96 (K.appl): "Surge protective components: Overview of surge mitigations functions and technologies". This new Recommendation provides a series of important concepts that will guide Operators and Manufacturers in specifying surge protective components for telecommunications network and equipment.
K.95 (K.lit): "Surge parameters of isolating transformers used in telecommunication devices and equipment". This new Recommendation is pioneer in treating an isolating transformer as a surge protective component and will likely be a reference in the design of Ethernet ports of telecommunication equipment.
K.97 (K.dbs): "Lightning protection of distributed base station". This new Recommendation provides the earthing and lightning protection procedures for the new type of base station where the base band unit (BBU) remains at ground level and the remote radio unit (RRU) is installed close to the antenna. It will greatly help Operators and Manufacturers in the design of new sites or refurbishment of existing ones.
Agreed Informative Text
K.77 (2009) Amd.1 - New Appendix III - "Characterizing thermally protected MOVs using a.c. step stress testing". This new Appendix provides the testing procedures to assess the safe operation of MOVs, so that they do not become a fire hazard.
TD [376-GEN (Rev1)]
New Work Items
New Draft Recommendation K.dtr: "Lightning protection for dedicated transformer of radio base station". This new Recommendation is intended to avoid the damage of the power transformer that feeds a base station, thus preventing the disruption of the wireless service used by the public.
New Draft Recommendation K.lpca: "Assessment of the conformance of radio base station regarding lightning protection and earthing". Item created based on contribution received from SG5 African Regional Group (SG5 RG AFR), which is aligned with Resolution 76 (WTSA-12). It will be highly appreciated by the Telecommunications Authorities as it will provide an inspection procedure to assure that a base station is not increasing the risk of lightning related effects to the neighboring population.
Working Party 2/5 – Electromagnetic field: emission, immunity and human exposure
Working Party 2 made significant progress in the electromagnetic field emission, immunity and human exposure portfolio during the meeting and achieved the following key outcomes:
ITU-T K.58 - Revision of ITU-T K.58 was consented during this meeting to extend the scope from the collocation of telecommunication systems to convergence of IT and communication equipment in co-located ICT installations.
Agreed Informative Texts
Information Guide on Human Exposure to EMF was agreed during the meeting: The main purpose of this document is to present in a simple way the answers to typical questions asked by the public on EMF, and to also address typical misunderstandings on EMF matters in the society. The main audiences for this document are governments, regulatory authorities and the general public.
TD [253-GEN (Rev1)]
Questionnaire on EMI related to AC mains emission below 150 kHz
TD [419-GEN] to be sent to ITU Membership was agreed.
Questionnaire on interference between radio device and cable or equipment connected to wired broadband networks in home to be sent to ITU Membership was agreed
Work in progress
EMF monitoring – The experience of the administration of the Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia with implementation of the Recommendation K.83 was presented including how important the monitoring was in the region for public reassurance. Experience in other regions was also shared. It was proposed to prepare a Technical Report with information concerning implementation of the EMF monitoring systems based on the Recommendation K.83.
EMF Guide “Web app” – A draft version of the new EMF Guide ‘web app’ including contents list was demonstrated and many contributions were received. This enabled the work to be advanced with agreement on the scope and simple presentation format using illustrations and basic text. A Drafting Group was established in order to accelerate the work for completion in 2014.
K.mpis – The work on the Recommendation is well advanced thanks to received contributions. Preparation was agreed on development of the new draft of this Recommendation which will be close to the final version.
K.mhn - Examples of disturbance to radio services caused by broadband transmission in coaxial cables are provided for study of K.mhn. Further information will be obtained through Questionnaire and contributions for preparation of the final version for the next meeting.
Working Party 3/5 – ICT and climate change
Working Party 3 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:
ITU-T L.1430 - This Recommendation provides guidance for the application of a specific methodology to assess the environmental impact of information and communication technology (ICT) greenhouse gas (GHG) projects and ICT energy projects.
E-waste management and reduction
L.Green Batteries “Green batteries solution for mobile phones and other hand-held information and communication technology devices”. This defines a minimum set of parameters necessary to identify a green battery solution covering: environmental compliance, safety and reliability, lifetime, and ecodesign.
L.RareMetal_Measurement “Measurement methods to characterize rare metals in information and communication technology goods” provides an overview of the measurement methods for rare metals contained in ICT goods. This Recommendation provides reference characterization procedures for efficient recycling of rare metals by using XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) and ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) measurement methods to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of the rare metals of ICT goods.
L.UPA “External universal power adapter solutions for portable information and communication technology devices”. Universal power adapter solution (UPA) designed for portable ICT devices. It is complementary to [ITU-T L.1000] and [ITU-T L.1001] It describes the UPA basic configuration, general requirements for the UPA and their interfaces. All the requirements have been set with the aim to reduce the e-waste and increase the usability.
L.1000 Test Suite “Test suites for assessment of the Universal charger Solution” considers the creation of specific test suites to assess certain functional aspects concerning: energy efficiency, interworking, safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for Universal Charger Solution (UCS). Such testing is required to guarantee a minimum quality level of the UCS in conformance with the target basic configuration of the UCS and charger described in ITU-T L.1000.
Climate Change Adaptation
L.Adaptation and Infrastructure Overview “Framework on ICT and Adaptation to the effects of Climate Change” First Recommendation of a framework of Recommendations dealing with the use of ICT to help countries to the adaptation to climate change and on how ICT can adapt to the effects of climate change.
L.Ref “Informative values on the energy efficiency of telecommunication equipment” reports values on the energy efficiency of different types of telecommunication network equipment and small networking equipment. These values are related to energy efficiency metrics, test procedures, methodologies and measurement profiles that have been defined in Recommendation ITU-T L.1310.
L.M&M_Infra “Energy efficiency measures, metrics and measurement for telecommunication infrastructure, power and cooling system” contains the general definition of metrics, test procedures, methodologies and measurement profiles. In addition, metrics and measurement methods are defined for cooling equipment such as air conditioning equipment, outdoor air cooling equipment and heat exchanging cooling equipment.
Efficient Power Feeding Solution
L.architecture “Architecture of power feeding systems of up to 400 VDC” defines the architecture for solution of power feeding based on L.1200 solution. It describes aspects such as configuration, redundancy, power distribution, and monitoring, in order to construct safe, reliable and manageable power feeding systems.
Agreed Informative Texts
|TD [378-GEN (Rev1)]||Technical Paper on “Experimental studies on plates and ducts installed at equipment inlets and outlets|
|TD [379-GEN (Rev2)]||Technical Paper on “Rationale for minimum data set for evaluating energy efficiency and for controlling data centre equipment in view of power saving|
|TD [380-GEN (Rev1)]||Technical Paper on “Potential for primary energy savings in TLC/ICT centres through free cooling|
|TD [381-GEN (Rev1)]||Technical Paper on “Verification test and feasibility study of energy and space efficient cooling systems for data centres with high density ICT devices|
|TD [382-GEN (Rev1)]||Technical Paper on “Validation test of a data centre cooling method using renewable energy in a cold region|
TD [383-GEN (Rev1)]|||
Technical Paper on “Verification experiments related to increase of efficiency of air-conditioning and control technologies at a data centre
TD [384-GEN (Rev1)] ||Technical Paper on “Case study of reduction of air-conditioning energy by optical fiber based thermometry|
|TD [316-GEN (Rev2)]||Supplement 1 to ITU-T L.1410 – Case studies|
|TD [335-GEN (Rev3)]|
Supplement 1 to ITU-T L.1430 – Guidance on practical application of ITU-T L.1430 to a Real-time Navigation Service
New Activities - the meeting approved the commencement of nine new work items.
Dates of next SG5 meeting and interim Working Party meetings
The next meeting of ITU-T SG 5 is tentatively scheduled in November-December 2014.
A WP3 together with ETSI EE meeting will take place from 19-23 May 2014, in Geneva Switzerland.
A WP1 and WP2 meeting will take place from 23-29 July 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Rapporteur group meetings (including e-meetings)
here for the complete list of planned meetings.
Reports of the Regional Groups
The report of the Regional Group of SG5 for Africa (SG5 RG-AFR) can be found in
The report of the Regional Group of SG5 for the Arab Region (SG5 RG-ARB) can be found in
The report of the Regional Group of SG5 for the Americas (SG5 RG-LAC) can be found in
TD [274-GEN (Rev1)]
The report of the Regional Group of SG5 for the Asia and the Pacific (SG5 RG-AP) can be found in
Results in terms of Recommendations and Other Publications
here to see the meeting results concerning the Recommendations.
Updates in the SG 5 Management Team and Rapporteurs
Peter Ulanga (Tanzania) has been appointed as Associate Rapporteur of Question 15/5.
for the complete list of the newly appointed SG 5 Rapporteurs and Associate Rapporteurs.
for the complete list of newly appointed SG 5 management team.
Joint Coordination Activity on ICT & CC (JCA ICT & CC)
The thirteenth meeting of the JCA ICT&CC took place on 5 December 2013 and was dedicated to "Facilitating coordination with SDOs and regional organizations in the area of ICT and Climate Change ".
The documents and the presentations of the meeting can be found
The summary of meeting can be found in
The next of the JCA ICT & CC will be held in conjunction with the next SG5 meeting.
Focus group on Smart Sustainable Cities
The third meeting of the FG SSC took place on 6 December 2013. A summary of the meeting is contained in
. SG5 agreed to extend the mandate of FG SSC until May 2015. The next meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities will take place in Geneva, on 5-6 March 2014.
Information on the Focus Group on “Smart Sustainable Cities” (FG-SSC) and on the management team can be found
Focus group on Smart Water Management
The first meeting of the FG SWM took place on 10 December 2013. A summary of the meeting is contained in
TD [454-GEN (Rev1)]
. The next meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Water Management will take place in Geneva, on 3-4 March 2014.
Information on the Focus Group on “Smart Water Management” (FG-SWM) and on the management team can be found
Workshop on Smart Sustainable Cities
A Workshop on Smart Sustainable Cities in Latin America was held on 5 December 2013. Rapid urbanization has placed immense pressure on the existing city infrastructures to provide a high quality of life to all city inhabitants. As a result, the concept of smart sustainable cities has emerged as the remedy to this unsustainable development with Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) expected to play a key role. This workshop discussed how to define smart sustainable cities and the discourse that commonly associated with it. This workshop also looked at the role ICTs play in shaping smart sustainable cities from the ICT industry perspective.
Programme and presentations can be found
Workshop on "With Information and Communication Technologies (ICT's) everywhere - How safe is EMF in Latin America?"
A workshop on EMF and ICT’s was held back to back with the ITU-T Study Group 5 meeting and events in Lima. This workshop brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and other related stakeholders, and provided an overview on EMF issues with a focus on Latin America. The workshop heard from Government and industry representatives on the implementation and importance in Latin America of EMF monitoring using Recommendation ITU-T K.83.
Programme and presentations can be found