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Tech industry calls for vertical sector participation in standards development

CTOs’ recommendations will guide ITU work

Dubai, 26 November, 2012 – Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) from leading multinational ICT companies have charged ITU to develop mechanisms that better integrate the needs of ‘vertical’ sectors in ITU’s international standardization work. 

Acknowledging increasing industry convergence powered in large part by ICTs, CTOs affirmed the need for working methods that better engage vertical market players and so enable such innovations as e-health, e-learning, intelligent transport systems, mobile money and smart grid.

The call was a key outcome of ITU’s annual CTO meeting, which assembled 21 private-sector executives under the chairmanship of the Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Malcolm Johnson, to discuss ITU’s role in the standardization ecosystem and the associated priorities of ITU-T.

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, ITU: “Standards power a smoothly-functioning global ICT network that supports health, education, literacy, democracy, commerce and entertainment… and almost every other vertical sector. We must ask ourselves whether the vast array of forums and consortiums proliferating in the ICT sector today is the most efficient way to address a market that continues to grow in sophistication and complexity.”

CTOs also emphasized the need for collaboration between the mobile and transport and access standardization communities. This, they said, will be crucial to ensure a coordinated approach to the development of optical transport standards supporting the rollout of mobile broadband beyond 4G. In addition, they proposed smartphone security standardization as a new ITU-T study area, as well as the expansion of ITU-T’s work on software-defined networking (SDN).

Also discussed was the possibility of a release-based approach to standards delivery where the coordination of work in a number of standards development organizations (SDOs) and industry forums is needed. Packaging standards into ‘releases’ would give a greater synchronization of SDOs’ work. CTOs identified ITU-T’s ongoing cloud computing work and work taking place within ITU-T’s Focus Group on M2M Service Layer (FG M2M) as potential subjects for pilot projects to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach.

The CTO meeting communiqué submitted to ITU’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) offered continued support for ITU’s efforts to bridge the standardization gap and better integrate the needs of developing countries.


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