will hold a workshop on next generation networks (NGN) together with the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), 1 - 2 May, 2005, Geneva.
Since May 2004 intense work has taken place in ITU, towards the development
of standards that will define services, network and systems architecture in the
next generation of IP enabled communication systems, or next generation networks
The objectives of the workshop are to report the progress of ITU’s work on
NGN and explore specific issues that impact both the ITU and the IETF in order
to better understand the work underway in the two organizations and to identify
areas where action can be taken to make further progress.
Houlin Zhao, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
notes that, "We have made tremendous progress, thanks to the support of ITU
members and members of other standards developing organizations such as IETF,
ETSI1 and ATIS2. The
momentum that this work has achieved will allow the ICT industry to develop a
raft of new products and services on a much more powerful and dynamic
infrastructure based on globally accepted standards."
Six sessions will each be co-chaired by an ITU representative and a
representative from IETF. One area to be addressed is the concept known as "nomadicity",
which will give fixed line and mobile users completely seamless communication.
Simply put this means the underlying technology will be invisible to the user in
a multi-service, multi-protocol, multi-vendor environment. The increasingly
important topic of security will also be examined, along with signaling, QoS,
requirements and functional architecture, network management and the evolution
from the traditional ‘circuit switched’ network.
The workshop, the second on NGN in 2005, is an example of how ITU engages all
interested parties in work towards the development of worldwide standards for
NGN. In this way, industry demands for the efficient and swift completion of the
specifications that will define the way that NGNs work will be met.
The event will also serve as an important meeting point for ITU’s
Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and IETF management.
Global networking company Cisco Systems has agreed — using ITU's voluntary
contribution mechanism for donating funds beyond membership fees — to contribute
to NGN activities in general, including this and a future workshop.
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