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 Sunday, November 02, 2008
ICT to Steer Economic Growth and Climate Change

ITU has called for increased emphasis on key areas that could drive economic growth including Information Communications Technology- ICTs and climate change.

The suggestion came at the end of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The meeting resolved to recognize that ICTs can be a major mitigating factor in efforts to moderate climate change and to limit and ultimately reduce green house gas - GHG emissions across all industry sectors.

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Find out more about ITU's activities on climate change.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 11:06:58 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 31, 2008
Closing of WTSA 2008, 30 October 2008: ITU Secretary-General summarizes the Assembly's main achievements

Photo: Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-GeneralIn his closing speech, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré summarized the key achievements of ITU's World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008, held in Johannesburg, South Africa:

"...Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to list for you some of the Assembly’s notable achievements:

  • It is the first time we have had a WTSA in Africa…
  • The first time we have had an exhibition
  • We have been honoured by the presence of the highest number of Ministers and Vice Ministers of any WTSA
  • We have seen the highest number of documents
  • And, the highest number of new Resolutions adopted
  • It is the first time that we have had a woman chairman
  • And the first time that we have invited students
  • We have achieved a restructuring of the sector that takes into account market realities and allows for greater efficiency in our work and keep ITU-T as the leading standardization body in the world.
  • We have achieved a strengthening of the resolve of ITU to bridge the standardization gap, what a new opportunity we have created.
  • And a fine tuning of working methods
  • We have adopted key Resolutions on:
    • ICTs and climate change
    • Accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities
    • Conformance and interoperability testing and possible future ITU-Mark
    • Encouraging academic participation \
    • Encouraging sector members from developing countries
    • Studies regarding nomadic telecommunication services and applications
    • The creation of national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), particularly for Developing countries... "

 

Friday, October 31, 2008 4:28:33 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Press Release: World Assembly heralds new era in setting global ICT standards

Photo: Malcolm Johnson WTSA-08Geneva, 31 October 2008 — The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) drew to a close yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa with decisions on a wide range of issues that will impact the future direction of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

ITU members, spanning the global ICT industry and administrations from across the world, asked for increased emphasis on key areas such as ICTs and climate change, the deployment of IPv6, accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities, conformance and interoperability testing, and encouraging academic participation in ITU’s work.

Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) said in his closing speech, "We have received a strong message from our members that ITU is, and will remain the world’s pre-eminent global telecommunication and ICT standards body. And we also hear very clearly that ITU should continue on its mission to connect the world, and that bridging the standardization gap — by increasing developing country participation in our work — is an essential prerequisite to achieve this goal."... [Read more...]

Friday, October 31, 2008 4:05:54 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 23, 2008
African Nations Urged to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission

The Global Standards Symposium that ended in Johannesburg, South Africa has called for measures to limit the emission of greenhouse gases using information communications technology.

African governments were urged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and their carbon footprints while ensuring that the expansion of the global communications network is done in an environmentally friendly manner.

ITU Focus Group on Climate Change was also asked to research into the impacts of Information Communications Technology - ICTs on the reduction of greenhouse gas - GHG emissions.

Malcolm Johnson, ITU-T Director,  noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had underscored the need for ITU to play a significant role in addressing climate change terming it the moral challenge of our times. "Industry is faced with probably its biggest ever challenge but also its biggest ever opportunity in terms of corporate social responsibility. There is the challenge for the ICT industry to limit its own emissions, but also the opportunity to maximize its potential to help other sectors reduce their emissions. This could make for a tremendously good news story for the ICT industry," said Johnson.

Find more about ITU actvities on climate change.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:04:52 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 21, 2008
ITU Secretary-General opens World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 in Johannesburg

Photo: ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. TouréAt the opening of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA-08) on 21 October, ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré recalled the importance of standards for international communications and global trade: "Globalisation requires global standards, and a global standards body like ITU clearly has an increasing role to play. Global standards avoid costly market battles over preferred technologies, and for companies from emerging markets, they create a level playing field which provides access to new markets" Dr Touré said.

WTSA is a quadrennial event where ITU members decide on the direction of ITU’s standardization work for the next four years.

 

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:37:31 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
FibroLAN unveils new 10 Gigabit Ethernet NTU

Telecom Web is reporting that fiber-optic access specialist FibroLAN has unveiled a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Local Area Network (LAN) Network Termination Unit (NTU) extender/demarcation device that it claims is an industry first.
The new offering, designated the GA10, is aimed at such very large bandwidth users as Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) or very large enterprise users. FibroLAN, based in Yoqneam, Israel, but with U.S. headquarters in Rochelle Park, N.J., says its new product fills three clear market niches:
- As an NTU, the GA10 terminates a 10 GbE service to very large users, whilst it can handle lower rates as well.
- For wholesale operations, the GA10 can be used as a clear demarcation device between primary carriers and their partners.
- The GA10 can be used to extend transmission distances and/or to change wavelengths - for example, several GA10s can be cascaded to extend transmission well-beyond the current 80 kilometer limit for 10 GbE without reverting to more expensive technologies.

In addition, when combined with its recently introduced extended wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) line, up to ten 10 GbE services can be transmitted concurrently over a fiber pair.  Such technology offers the business segment multiple new applications, but also offers exciting new prospects for helping bridge the digital divide.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 7:55:29 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 20, 2008
ITU News magazine - issue 8, October 2008: World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

Issue 8, October 2008: World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

  • Global standardization in the spotlight
  • Welcome to South Africa
  • Emmy Award for ITU, ISO and IEC
  • Expectations for WTSA-08
  • Kaleidoscope 2009 - Call for papers on Innovations for Digital Inclusion
  • The Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG)
  • Combating climate change
  • More Internet addresses required
  • Ubiquitous sensor networks
  • Internet protocol television
  • Highlights from ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008
  • MoU signed by ITU and Geneva’s Observatoire Technologique
  • Official announcements
Monday, October 20, 2008 8:02:16 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 15, 2008
NGN Forum and IMS Forum have merged

Telecom Web is reporting that the NGN Forum and the IMS Forum, the two major trade groups promoting the convergence of telecommunication voice and data services, have merged. Both have been working to promote the integration of wired and wireless technologies, with the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) viewed as focusing on consumer markets and the NGN Forum focusing on enterprise-oriented services, using the term Unified Communications (UC) rather than IMS. Telecom Web reports that in recent months, the two had already begun cooperating in endeavors including plugfests. By combining IMS with SIP and UC, and using Service Delivery Platforms (SDP), the united organization is expected to bring together developers, service providers, integrators and solution vendors.

ITU has carried out notable work in developing the detailed standards for the deployment of NGN. ITU has launched the NGN Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI) to give service providers the means to offer the wide range of services expected in NGN and to harmonize different approaches to NGN architecture worldwide. ITU's Study Group 13 (SG13) has developed a standard (ITU-T Recommendation) for interworking between the two dominant technologies in NGN, Ethernet and MPLS (multiprotocol label switching). SG 13 has also done significant work in the field of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) on standards that will allow VPNs to work over all kinds of networks - optical, MPLS, IP etc.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:08:16 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 29, 2008
World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008, Setting the standardization future for ICT

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 (20 October 2008) 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 (21-30 October 2008).

Monday, September 29, 2008 7:27:34 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 25, 2008
Hollywood presents Emmy Award to ITU, ISO and IEC - Revolutionary video standard , H.264 | MPEG-4 AVC , recognized by US TV Academy

The US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award for Excellence to ITU, ISO and IEC - global leaders in making standards - for their work in producing an advanced video coding standard, formally known as Recommendation ITU-T H.264 | ISO/IEC Standard 14496-10 on Advanced Video Coding (AVC).

The Joint Video Team (JVT), made up of experts from the three international standards organizations, received industry recognition for its landmark achievement in developing a "high profile" that extends the reach of high quality video from mobile telephones right through to High Definition Television (HDTV). The JVT was formed in 2001 by the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

H.264 | MPEG-4 AVC is a highly efficient video compression method that substantially reduces the bandwidth needed to deliver high quality video and the space required to store it. Seven sets of capabilities, referred to as "profiles", have been created for use in specific applications. It is a combination of the great efficiency of the codec as well as its scalability in delivering excellent quality across the entire bandwidth spectrum — from high definition television to videoconferencing and 3G-mobile multimedia — that has led to its increasing popularity. [More...]

Monday, August 25, 2008 11:03:01 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 02, 2008
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré opens the Meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group in Geneva, Switzerland

Speech from Dr Hamadoun I. Touré:

Excellencies,

I am pleased to be with you this morning at this especially important TSAG meeting, the last before WTSA in Johannesburg.

As you know ITU's mission is to connect the world. I am proud of the strong resolve that TSAG has shown in supporting this number one goal of ITU.

In my address to TSAG in December last year I laid out the five key priorities that were identified by the new management team.

  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Stewardship of the radio spectrum
  • Adopting international standards to ensure seamless global communications and interoperability
  • Building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)
  • Emergency communications.

As a direct result of that last TSAG meeting ICTs and climate change has become an item to add to this list and is now very strongly fixed on our agenda. I am very appreciative of the drive that has come from TSAG and ITU-T on this topic and note with pleasure the excellent outcome of the recent symposiums in Kyoto and London... [Full speech...]

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 6:37:55 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |