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Question 8/11

Question 8/11 – Guidelines for implementations of signalling and protocols, and for addressing counterfeit ICT devices
(Continuation of Question 6/11)


Protocols in packet-based networks are evolving. Ongoing studies and results achieved by various international standardization bodies have led to the emergence of different solutions to address convergence and interoperability.
The ITU Member States, particularly those in developing countries have expressed the needs for assistance in understanding network and service deployment strategies and scenarios.
Several Forums and conferences have also called for ITU assistance in addressing the growing problem of counterfeit telecommunication/ICT products and devices, which is adversely affecting all stakeholders inthe ICT field (vendors, governments, operators and consumers). Cooperation among ITU‑T study groups, between ITU‑T and ITU‑D as well as with external bodies outside the ITU (in particular with SDOs), will be required to gather a complete information in this regard.
Coordination among relevant organizations is also necessary to fulfil these tasks.
Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • What activity is needed in the ITU‑T Sector to prepare common guidelines by the ITU‑T and ITU‑D Sectors, containing different aspects related to technical matters, in particular to address counterfeiting of ICT devices, and compare approaches to network testing and benchmarking?
  • What should be taken into account to assure adequate security in the deployment of packet-based networks?
  • What functional architecture and entities are required to support services and/or applications of public interest such as emergency call handling, lawful interception, number portability, etc.?
  • What should be taken into account to provide energy savings, directly or indirectly, in information and communication technologies (ICTs) or in other industries?
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • identify network interconnection scenarios;
  • coordinate ITU‑T Sector inputs to produce guidelines in cooperation with the ITU‑D Sector, that would include (the inputs shall include any technical aspects as prepared by the relevant study groups):
  • identification of protocols consistent with the existing and new service requirements of administrations/operators, for migration from circuit switched networks to packet based networks in the evolution towards NGN/SUN;
  • degree of interoperability for services between networks employing different protocols;
  • guidelines to address the problem of counterfeiting of ICT devices;
  • generic guidelines covering aspects of network testing and monitoring,
  • generic guidelines for approaches to networks and services benchmarking including approaches of QoS/QoE monitoring system development.
  • prepare the technical guidelines on the signalling requirements and protocol aspects of packet-based networks to support PSTN/ISDN services and their evolution to NGN/SUN.
An up-to-date status of work under this Question is contained in the SG 11 work programme
  • Resolution 177 (Guadalajara, 2010) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on conformance and interoperability, which instructs the Director of the BDT, in close collaboration with the Director of the TSB and the Director of the BR, to assist Member States in addressing their concerns with respect to counterfeit equipment.
  • Resolution 79 (Dubai, 2014) of the WTDC, on the role of telecommuncations/ICT in combating and dealing with counterfeit telecommunication/ICT.
  • As required
  • All Questions of SG 11, especially Questions relating to control, signalling architectures and protocols
Study groups
  • ITU‑T SG 2 on operational aspects of service provisioning and telecommunication management
  • ITU‑T SG 12 on network QoS and performance aspects
  • ITU‑T SG 13 on principles, requirements, frameworks and architectures for an overall heterogeneous network environment
  • ITU‑T SG 16 on multimedia architecture, data networks and telecommunication software aspects
  • ITU‑D SG1 and SG2
Standardization bodies
  • Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Standardization Program (ASTAP), CITEL, SADC, EACO, WATRA, ATU, Maghreb, , ETSI, IETF and similar organizations