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World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

Setting the standardization future for ICT


Geneva, 29 September 2008

What: Global Standards Symposium (GSS) and
World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA-08)
When: 20 October, 2008 (GSS); 21−30 October (WTSA-08)
Where: Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Why: Standards for ICTs underpin the Internet and the global telecommunications network. No call is made or message exchanged without the use of ITU standards. As the only international intergovernmental standards organization, ITU is hosting WTSA and GSS to set the stage for the future development of ICT.

The Global Standards Symposium (GSS) is a first-ever one day event designed to focus on key standardization issues in the ICT world, such as bridging the digital divide, climate change, accessibility, and the proliferation of standards bodies. GSS will provide inputs to the landmark World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) that follows immediately.

WTSA-08 will define the next period of study for the standardization sector of ITU — ITU-T. Laying down a roadmap for the next four years, the event will determine the most important areas of technological development and assign standardization groups to them.

Who: Key figures in the ICT world, including CTOs and Ministers as well as the diplomatic community

Information for Media

Journalists and analysts are invited to accredit for WTSA and GSS. Media will have access to all sessions of the GSS. Only plenary sessions of the WTSA will be open to the Press. For accreditation, see

For further information see: and or contact:

Sanjay Acharya

Chief, Media Relations and Public Information


Tel: +41 22 730 5046

Mobile: +41 79 249 4861


Toby Johnson

Communications Officer


Tel: +41 22 730 5877

Mobile: +41 79 249 4868


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