During its January 2002 meeting, SG13 decided
to undertake the preparation of a new ITU-T Project entitled
"NGN 2004 Project". At the November 2002 SG13 meeting, a
preliminary description of the Project was achieved and endorsed
by SG13 with the goal to launch the Project. It is regularly updated since then (refer to the NGN Project description above)
The role of the NGN 2004 Project is to organize and to coordinate
ITU-T activities on Next Generation Networks. Its target is to
produce a first set of Recommendations on NGN by the end of this
study period, i.e. mid-2004.
Scope of the Project
Basically, the NGN 2004 Project is seen as a
realisation of the concepts adopted in the Global Information
Infrastructure (GII). As a result, activities in the frame of the
new Project must be in line with existing GII Recommendations (Y
series).The intention of the NGN 2004 Project is to establish implementation guidelines and
standards for the realisation of Next Generation Networks based on
The major task of the NGN 2004 Project will be to describe all elements required for
interoperability and network capabilities to support applications
globally across Next Generation Networks.
During the ITU-T Workshop on IP-networking and
Mediacom 2004 held in Geneva in April 2001, a session was
dedicated to the transition towards Next Generation Networks.
Different views on NGNs were presented, however the final panel
discussion revealed that it was difficult to reach a common
understanding of what the NGN should be.
During the SG13 meeting in Caracas in May 2001, discussions took
place on NGN matters however the subject was deemed not mature
enough to initiate the preparation of an ITU-T Project on NGN.
At the SG13 meeting in January 2002, NGN issues were again
addressed. In particular, discussions in Q.12/13 (which deals with
Project coordination and management) focused on the relationship
between the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) and Next
Generation Networks. The common understanding has been that the
NGN has to be seen as the concrete realisation of concepts defined
for the GII. In addition, a clear demand from the market for
short-term standards in the field of NGN has been identified,
which has led to the proposition of 2004 as the target date to
prepare the first Recommendations on NGN. A series of Recommendation,
including Y.GRM-NGN, General reference model for NGN, is under development
with an objective of completion in June 2004.
||General overview of NGN functions and characteristics
||General reference model for NGN
||Functional architecture model (ex-Functional requirements and architecture of the NGN)
||NGN service requirements
||Mobility management requirements and architecture for NGN
||Framework for manageable IP network
||Migration of networks (including TDM networks) to NGN
||Regulatory consideration of the NGN
||End-to-end QoS architecture for IP networks evolving into NGN
||A QoS architecture for Ethernet-based IP access network
||Next Generation Networks terminology: Terms and definitions
As a result, SG13 has agreed to initiate and manage a new
Project named NGN 2004 Project. This was done independently of
other SG13 Projects which continue their activities.
During the SG13 meeting in November 2002, a description document was prepared.
In its first version, it
The description document has been updated at the July-August 2003 and February 2004 SG 13 meetings. A version 3, dated 12 February 2004 is available.
- A list of basic characteristics of NGN
- A list of NGN capabilities
- The objectives of NGN
- A description of seven study areas where standardisation of NGN is to be undertaken
A dedicated FTP area and an email reflector, both open to non
ITU-T members and managed by SG13, have been established in order
to ensure efficient progress on NGN standardisation in the frame
of the NGN 2004 Project and improve the awareness of the ITU-T
This description document of the Project is maintained by Q.12/13.
If you would like to assist in this preparatory activity please
join the email group or contact Mr Georges Sebek, ITU/TSB (firstname.lastname@example.org).