Chaesub Lee was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014. He took office on 1 January 2015.
IN preparation for last year’s ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, PP-14, I had the opportunity to visit all regions of the world and meet many Ministers, regulators and experts on developments in the ICT field. My discussions with ICT leaders inspired me to craft a vision for ITU-T focused on ensuring that ITU-T standardization remains of the ‘value and efficiency’ that the membership’s investments demand, taking into account developing regions’ needs.
In carrying out this vision, I will work to strengthen professional capabilities within TSB as well as ITU-T collaboration with other standards bodies and the many other industry sectors that hold a stake in the future development of the Telecommunication/ICT ecosystem. This will include proactive assistance to bridge the standardization gap between developed and developing countries, driven by strengthened collaboration and harmonization with the ITU Development Sector (ITU-D).
Communicating the value and efficiency of ITU-T standardization will be central to this task. Enhancing the visibility and efficiency of ITU-T standard development activities (study groups and others) and products will be essential to maintaining the value and efficiency of ITU-T. In addition, there are a range of bodies active in Telecommunication/ICT standardization, making it essential to communicate ITU-T’s value proposition in such a way as to raise awareness of ITU-T’s strengths and so attract participation in our work.
Today’s Information Society is the result of the great efforts of ITU members and partners in the development and deployment of broadband and mobile networks. I am very proud that ITU-T standards have had such significant influence in building the Information Society, and it is my hope that future ITU-T work will assist in enhancing Telecommunication/ICTs to become more human-centric; more closely entwined with our daily lives.
PP-14 identified many areas of action to be undertaken by the Union over the next four years. The ‘Connect 2020’ framework embedded in the new ITU Strategic Plan provides a clear guiding vision for the future development of the Information Society. This vision will be instrumental in realizing a ‘Digital Planet’ by 2020, constructed on the foundations of future trustworthy information infrastructures.
These information infrastructures will be composed of fixed-mobile hybrid smart networks, virtual data clusters and a vast array of smart devices and things. In addition, various emerging services and applications enabled by the IoT, Big Data and so on will underpin the operations of cities, healthcare, agriculture and many other of society’s most fundamental institutions.
As Director of TSB, I believe that it is my duty to ensure that ITU-T standards make these advanced information infrastructures accessible to all the world’s people.