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Highlights of ITU-T activity under Directorship of Malcolm JOHNSON
Reversed decline of previous years - ITU-T membership has continued to grow in 2013, for the third consecutive year.
60% increase in ITU-T Recommendations produced annually.
Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG)
forums, beginning in Kigali, Rwanda, October 2007, to highlight main topics in ITU-T and encourage greater participation from developing countries.
41 new countries have participated in ITU-T work since 2007.
introduced in August 2007 - CHF 334,070 to fund actions aiming to increase the participation of developing countries.
Free downloading of ITU-T Recommendations
was recommended to Council-07. Sales of copies were running at around 5000 a year, now downloads are over 2 million copies a year - many to developing countries.
academic conferences in 2008 to encourage greater involvement of students and researchers in the work of ITU-T. Since then over 70 universities have forged an association with ITU-T.
Academia membership category has seen 42 universities join ITU-T since the category’s launch in 2011.
Establishment of the
TSB Director’s Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education
common patent policy and related guidelines
with ISO and IEC.
bringing key players together to forge solution to ongoing disputes over Standards Essential Patents. Continuation of the process through the
TSB Director’s Ad-Hoc Group on IPR.
Chief Technology Officer's Group
to ensure voices of high-level industry executives heard in the standardization process.
, a means to capture standardization needs in emerging technologies.
Increased focus on impact of ICTs on environment, and accessibility of ICTs for persons with disabilities.
Introduction of series of climate change
Green Standards Weeks
Stopped production of paper copies of ITU Recommendations (calculated to save 106 million tones of CO2 annually).
Initiation of the
Conformity and Interoperability
Primetime Emmy award for
Recommendation ITU-T H.264 (MPEG-4)
received in Hollywood 23 August 2008 on behalf of ITU, ISO and IEC.
Successor to ITU-T H.264 (ITU-T H.265) approved 13 April 2013.
Other Recommendation highlights include key standards for:
Universal charging solutions
Methodologies to assess the environmental impact of ICTs
Standards for electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
Standards for the trusted exchange of cybersecurity information (CYBEX)
(ITU-T X.1500 series)
Key standards for optical networking and access networks
(ITU-T G. series)
Standards for Smart Grid (
Standards for cloud computing (ITU-T Y.3501, ITU-T Y.3510 and ITU-T Y.3520)
Increased number of
- record number of 45 workshops in 2012.
Closer collaboration with IETF through high-level management meetings and the first-ever joint ITU-T/IETF group and approval of
Closer collaboration with IEEE on workshops and Kaleidoscope.
Initiation of the
Collaboration on Intelligent Transport Systems
Increase of meetings with remote participation: 100 meetings held in 2008 upto 600 in 2012.
Introduction of direct document posting of contributions to study groups.
Introduction of online database of
international numbering resources
Introduction of online Operational Bulletin in 6 languages.
Introduction of mentoring system and welcome briefings for new delegates.
Reorganisation of ITU-T's secretariat the
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
(TSB) to place greater resources on projects such as bridging the standardization gap.
Implementation of paperless policy in ITU - the number of sheets of paper used annually has dropped from 600k to 100k.
Introduced teleworking in TSB.
Improved gender balance of professional staff rom 20% to 41% women.
Ratio of G/P staff reduced from 2:1 to less than 1:1.
Increased activities 3 fold whilst maintaining same budget.
Five preparatory meetings for WTSA/WCIT: Argentina for Americas; South Africa for Africa; Australia for Asia Pacific; Uzbekistan for CIS countries; and Egypt for Arab States.
Initiated new work on e-health, software-defined networking (SDN) and e-waste.
WTSA-12 established a new
as a forum with the time to discuss issues seriously and come up with suggestions on how ITU-T, as the only truly global ICT standards body, can best ensure that it remains the place to come to develop international standards.
ITU standards (ITU-T Recommendations) now to be accompanied by implementation guidelines.
Resolution inviting ITU Member States to refrain from taking any unilateral and/or discriminatory actions that could impede access to the Internet.
Six new Resolutions:
Software defined networking (Res. 77)
e-Health (Res. 78)
e-Waste (Res. 79)
Acknowledging contributions from academia (Res. 80)
Strengthening collaboration (Res. 81)
Strategic and structural review (Res. 82)
Revision of seven of the A series Recommendations that guide ITU-T’s work.
1st time chaired by a woman: Lyndall Shope-Mafole, Director-General, South African Ministry of Communications
1st time in Africa
1st time preceded by Global Standards Symposium
1st time academia invited
1st time side events held: accessibility; climate change; and cybersecurity
1st time associated exhibition of new technologies
1st substantial restructuring of the Sector
1st time term limits on chairmanships applied: Virtually complete new team of chairmen and vice-chairmen including 22 from developing countries
Unprecedented media coverage: Local and international: including 3 TV interviews, 3 radio interviews, and numerous printed articles and web coverage Strengthened Role as pre-eminent global ICT standards body.
Key Resolutions on:
Human exposure to electromagnetic fields -
Resolution 72 - Measurement concerns related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields
Encouraging the deployment of IPv6
Resolution 64 - IP address allocation and encouraging the deployment of IPv6
Computer Incident Response Teams
Resolution 58 - Encourage the creation of national Computer Incident Response Teams, particularly for developing countries
ICTs and climate change
Resolution 73 - Information and communications technologies and climate change
Accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities
Resolution 70 - Telecommunication/ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities
Conformance and interoperability testing, a possible future ITU Mark
Resolution 76 - Studies related to conformance and interoperability testing, assistance to developing countries, and a possible future ITU mark programme
Encouraging academic participation
Resolution 71 - Admission of academia, universities and their associated research establishments to participate in the work of ITU-T
Sector members from developing countries
Resolution 74 - Admission of Sector Members from developing countries in the work of ITU-T
Nomadic telecommunication services and applications
Resolution 63 - Studies regarding nomadic telecommunication services and applications
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