Executive Summary of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Meeting (Kuala Lumpur, 20-27 April 2016)
Participants: 162 - The final list of participants is available in TD1391 Rev.1.
TDs (not counting the revisions): 247
Incoming liaison statements: 32
Outgoing liaison statements: 21
Main discussions and results
At its meeting in Kuala Lumpur, 20-27 April 2016, ITU-T SG5 achieved the following outcomes.
ITU-T Study Group 5 reviewed the text of Resolution 2 (Dubai, 2012) and prepared the text of the Questions proposed for Study Period 2017-2020. See
The draft Report of Working Party 1/5 can be found in TD1396 Rev.5
The draft Report of Working Party 2/5 can be found in TD1397 Rev.3
The draft Report of Working Party 3/5 can be found in TD1398 Rev.3
Working Party 1/5 – Damage prevention and safety
Working Party 1 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:
Consented revised Recommendations:
ITU-T K.20 “Resistibility of telecommunication equipment installed in a telecommunication centre to overvoltages and overcurrents” specifies resistibility requirements and test procedures for equipment installed in a telecommunication centre where the earthing, bonding and cabling between equipment/racks is in accordance with [ITU T K.27].
ITU-T K.21 “Resistibility of telecommunication equipment installed in customer premises to overvoltages and overcurrents” specifies resistibility requirements and test procedures for telecommunication equipment that is attached to or installed within a customer's premises.
ITU-T K.44 “Resistibility tests for telecommunication equipment exposed to overvoltages and overcurrents” – Basic Recommendation seeks to establish fundamental test methods and criteria for the resistibility of telecommunication equipment to overvoltages and overcurrents.
ITU-T K.45 "Resistibility of telecommunication equipment installed in the access and trunk networks to overvoltages and overcurrents" specifies resistibility requirements and test procedures for telecommunication equipment installed between telecommunication centres and between a telecommunication centre and the customer's premises.
ITU-T K.50 "Safe limits of operating voltages and currents for telecommunication systems powered over the network" provides guidance on voltages and currents that may safely be used to power telecommunication systems that are part of the telecommunications service providers’ network.
ITU-T K.51 "Safety criteria for telecommunication equipment" provides guidance on safety criteria for telecommunication network infrastructure equipment. It specifies requirements intended to reduce risks of fire, electric shock or injury for specified classes of person who may come into contact with the equipment.
ITU-T K.57 "Protection measures for radio base stations sited on power line towers" specifies measures to be taken with respect to safety and risk of damage to equipment through earth potential rise, when power line towers are used for locating radio base stations. TD1481 Rev.1
ITU-T K.64 "Safe working practices for outside equipment installed in particular environments" provides working procedures for maintenance activities in specific environments for telecommunication plants with voltage levels higher than the limits defined for analogue PSTN circuits. The specific environments covered in this Recommendation are characterized by wet conditions or close proximity to exposed metallic parts.
ITU-T K.75 "Classification of interface for application of standards on resistibility and safety of telecommunication equipment" provides guidance to manufacturers, network operators and test houses on the classification of the type of interface, i.e., external (subjected to a.c. surges or conducted lightning surges) or internal (subjected to short fall-time transients induced into building cabling) and provides information on the waveform of transients appearing at equipment interfaces for insulation coordination purposes.
ITU-T K.95 "Surge parameters of isolating transformers used in telecommunication devices and equipment" (Annex A: Additional Transformer parameters to model Ethernet transformer differential surge let-through). This Annex is intended to help the designer to model the circuit operation during a differential surge condition from a few simple measurements on the Ethernet magnetics. It is assumed that whoever takes these measurements is competent in basic measurement techniques. TD1529
Agreed informative text: None at this meeting.
New work items
|TD1503 Rev.1||Draft Recommendation K.hnwptp "Home Network port to port coupling"|
TD1502||Draft Recommendation K.64safe "Harmonisation with other safety standards"|
TD1511||Draft Recommendation K.appmspd "Multiservice surge protective device application guide"|
Working Party 2/5 – Electromagnetic fields: emissions, immunity and human exposure
Working Party 2 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes: Consented revised Recommendations
ITU-T K.78 “High altitude electromagnetic pulse immunity guide for telecommunication centres” TD1434 Rev.1
“High-power electromagnetic immunity guide for telecommunication systems” TD1436 Rev.2
ITU-T K.87 “Guide for the application of electromagnetic security requirements – Overview" TD1435
Agreed informative texts
| Provisional name||
K.Suppl.5 - ITU-T K.81||
Estimation examples of the high-power electromagnetic threat and vulnerability for telecommunication systems (TD1437 Rev.3)|
New work items
|TD1461 Rev.1||Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.IPE “Electromagnetic Compatibility requirements and measurement methods for Information Perception Equipment”|
Working Party 3/5 – ICT and climate change
Working Party 3 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:
None at this meeting
Consented new Recommendations
Agreed informative texts
- Draft Recommendation L.1102 (ex L.RareMetals-Label) “Use of printed labels for communicating information on rare metals in information and communication technology goods” provides a communication method of printing label to provide rare metals information in ICT goods disclosed to consumers as well as recyclers. (TD1475 Rev.1)
- Draft Recommendation L.1700 (ex L.rfrc) “Requirements and framework for low-cost sustainable telecommunications infrastructure for rural communications in developing countries” identifies technology-independent general requirements for ultimately affordable urban-to-rural broadband backhaul infrastructure, for connecting rural, remote and sparsely populated areas in developing countries. (TD1512 Rev.3)
- Draft Recommendation L.1350 (ex L.RBS assessment) “ Energy efficiency metrics of base station site” specifies principles and concepts of energy efficiency metrics to evaluate the energy efficiency of a mobile station cell site consisting of telecommunication equipment and infrastructure equipment. (TD1423 Rev.4)
- Draft Recommendation L.1603 (ex L.KPIs-SSC-SDGs) “Key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities to assess the achievement of sustainable development goals” outlines the key performance indicators (KPIs) in the context of smart sustainable cities (SSCs) to reach sustainable development goals (SDGs). Evaluating these indicators can help cities as well as their stakeholders understand to what extent they may be perceived as smart and sustainable. (TD1465 Rev.3)
- Draft Recommendation L.1204 (ex L.ext_arch) “Extended architecture of power feeding systems of up to 400 VDC” specifies a power feeding architecture for power feeding systems of up to 400 VDC at telecommunications centres, datacentres and customer premises [ITU-T L.1200]. This Recommendation aims at providing an architecture reference for an up to 400 VDC power feeding system with high reliability, safety and manageability. (TD1426 Rev.8)
Implementation guidance for ICT SME supply chain due diligence for conflict minerals (TD1513 Rev.1)|
L.Suppl.4 (Revised)||Guidelines for developing a sustainable e-waste management system (TD1479)|
|L.Suppl.22: ITU-T L.1700||Low-cost sustainable telecommunication for rural communications in developing countries using fibre optic cable (TD1463 Rev.2)|
|L.Suppl.23: ITU-T L.1700 ||
Low-cost sustainable telecommunications for rural communications in developing countries using microwave and millimetre radio links (TD1443 Rev.1)|
L.Suppl.24: ITU-T L.1500||
Overview of climate change effects and possible impacts (TD1495)|
L.Suppl.25: ITU-T L.1502||
Best practices for infrastructure adaptation to climate change (TD1387 Rev.3)|
L.Suppl.26: ITU-T L.1410|| Case Study: the assessment of greenhouse gas emission of a hybrid satellite broadband system over its life cycle (TD1489 Rev.1)|
None at this meeting
New work items
|TD1519 Rev.4||Draft Recommendation L.BMM "Base station site energy parameter measurement methodology"|
|TD1518 Rev.4||Draft Supplement to L.RBS "Radio base station site best practices"|
TD1527||Draft Supplement to ITU-T L.1410 "Example of LCA of the aggregated second order effects of selected ICT services"|
TD1491 Rev.2||Draft Recommendation L.ext_arch "Extended architecture of power feeding systems of up to 400 VDC"|
Dates of next SG5 meeting
The next meeting of ITU-T SG5 will take place in Geneva from 10 to 14 October 2016.
Rapporteur group meetings (including e-meetings)
The complete list of planned meetings can be found at:
Regional Groups of SG5
The report of the Regional Group of SG5 for the Africa Region (SG5 RG-AFR) 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
for the complete list of SG5 Rapporteurs and Associate Rapporteurs.
for the complete list of SG5 Liaison Rapporteurs and other representative roles.
for the complete list of SG5 management team.
11th ITU Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change
The 11th ITU Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change took place on 21 April 2016 and was attended by over 300 participants. The objective of the symposium was to raise awareness of the potential ICTs possess to address environmental challenges and to encourage stakeholders to integrate existing and emerging ICT-based solutions into their activities for an overall ‘smarter’ and more holistically ‘sustainable’ future for mankind.
This Symposium brought together over 300 leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
The EMF Guide & Mobile App on EMF translated into Malay was launched during the Symposium by Dato'Jailani Johari, Deputy Minister of Communication & Multimedia, Malaysia. The Deputy Minister highlighted the importance of effective and clear communication with the Malaysian public and how the EMF Guide will provide a most valuable resource.
The presentations on EMF included an update from the World Health Organization, a global approach to EMF Management and standards, and updates on measurements and calculations of EMF from ITU-T SG5 experts, and EMF Enforcement & Regulatory Approaches in Malaysia.
Programme and presentations can be found at:
Connect 2020 Agenda
Two sessions on Connect 2020 agenda with a special focus on environmental sustainability goals took place on 20 and 25 April 2016.
An implementation initiative covering issuing pertaining to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and e-waste generated by the ICT sector was required to achieve the Connect 2020 Agenda targets for environmental sustainability. Within the Connect 2020 Agenda, Target 3.2 calls for the reduction of the volume of redundant e-waste by 50% by the year 2020, while target 3.3 advocates that GHG emissions generated by the telecommunication/ICT sector should be decreased per device by 30% by 2020. In order to facilitate the attainment of these targets, two separate roadmaps have been defined by ITU Study Group 5 on "Environment and Climate Change".
The Implementation Initiative includes several phases, including an initial definition of its vision and mission, according to the Connect 2020 goals and the ICT sector goals. Secondly, the initiative will be followed by an analysis of the requirements for the success of its implementation; including three steps: 1) the identification of the ICT Sector Challenges and Opportunities in this framework, 2) the definition of the correct execution model for the implementation initiative and 3) a financial model to allocate the necessary resources for the implementation initiative and the subsequent follow up.
The next part of the Initiative includes the roadmaps implementation activities to be carried out by the different actors, to guarantee the accomplishment of the Connect 2020 targets. Finally, the Initiative will require the definition of several metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to follow up on the advancement of the roadmaps and their success. This must be supported by an effective communications plan, led by ITU and its members.
In addition, this Initiative proposes an implementation schedule from early 2016 until 2020, based on which decisive actions must be taken in the second semester of 2016. Activities in the individual roadmaps cover the attainment of targets pertaining to the reduction of GHG emissions and e-waste and aim to contribute to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by UN-Member States in September, 2015 and the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015.
TD1528. Agreed next steps are contained in