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Valery Timofeev
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“ The satellite component of IMT-Advanced will be designed to cope with increasing demands from the rising number of users, offering faster data access, unified messaging and broadband multimedia. ”

Valery Timofeev,
Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau

New ITU standards to boost IMT-2000 (3G) mobile phone capabilities

Satellite interface enhances international roaming, high-speed data transfers and compatibility

A new ITU standard will ensure worldwide compatibility, international roaming, and access to high-speed data services for thirdgeneration (3G) IMT-2000 mobile phone systems. Announced on 8 March 2010, Recommendation ITU–R M.1850 identifies satellite radio interface specifications for IMT-2000 systems which, via radio links, provide access to a wide range of telecommunication services.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré praised the timely endeavour of government and industry experts in developing this new standard. Updates and enhancements to the satellite radio interfaces incorporated in Recommendation ITU–R M.1850 are compatible with the original goals and objectives of IMT-2000, while responding to changing global requirements.

Work is already in progress to develop satellite radio interfaces for IMT-Advanced, to provide a global platform for the next generation of interactive mobile services. “The satellite component of IMT-Advanced will be designed to cope with increasing demands from the rising number of users, offering faster data access, unified messaging and broadband multimedia,” notes Valery Timofeev, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau.

UN agencies coordinate space-related activities

Focus on satellite communications for emergencies

“Space Technology for Emergency Communications” was the topic discussed at an open informal session of the 30th United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, which took place in Geneva in March 2010. Member States talked to UN entities about using space technology to predict catastrophes, warn people in advance and, when disaster occurs, quickly provide help and restore vital communications.

Organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and hosted by ITU, the Inter- Agency Meeting discussed future prospects for improved coordination, cooperation and synergy within the United Nations system in space-related activities. Participants agreed that the Secretary-General’s report on coordination of space-related activities in the UN system should be aligned with the UN development agenda, and that the report’s contents should be restructured to reflect the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development.

UNOOSA is responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, and assisting developing countries in using space science and technology. It implements the decisions of the General Assembly and of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

    Malcolm Johnson

“ Study Group 17’s responsibility includes maintaining overall security frameworks as well as project management activities, and the coordination, assignment and prioritization of actions that lead to the timely adoption of security standards. ”

Malcolm Johnson,
Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Security

Work on telecommunication security continues to intensify to meet today’s challenges for more secure network infrastructure, services and applications. One particularly urgent area of work is in combating identity theft, which was identified in an ITU survey as the biggest fear preventing users from placing more trust in online networks.

From 7 to 16 April 2010, Study Group 17 of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU–T) on security saw record attendance, with a much increased number of delegates from developing countries. “Study Group 17’s responsibility includes maintaining overall security frameworks as well as project management activities, and the coordination, assignment and prioritization of actions that lead to the timely adoption of security standards,” says Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. There are many ITU standards (ITU–T Recommendations) on security, or which have security implications. In particular:

  • The X.500 series of Recommendations on directory services and authentication, including the well-known X.509 Recommendation which lies behind public key infrastructure (PKI) encryption;

  • The X.800 series on Security Architecture framework.

  • The X.1000 series on Telecommunication Security.

  • The new Y.2700 series on security for next-generation networks

Study Group 17’s work programme contains more than sixty work items on topics as diverse as identity management (IdM), IPTV security and cybersecurity. Among the work areas that achieved significant progress at the April meeting were directory services. The heavily deployed directory assistance protocol Recommendation ITU–T E.115 was revised at this meeting. E.115 is used for directory assistance information exchange among service providers. E.115 also gives a description of the principles and procedures to be followed in interconnecting different national computerized directory assistance services.

 

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