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The rapidly developing world of the multimedia related technologies requires a framework to develop global standards for the support of ubiquitous services and applications, which can respond to user’s requirements in terms of mobility, bandwidth, ease of use, flexibility of systems and end-to-end interoperability with specific quality requirements.

In ITU-T, SG16 is the lead Study Group for multimedia terminals, systems and applications as well as for ubiquitous applications (“e-everything”, such as e-health and e-business). In this role, it is working on the Mediacom Project under Question 20/16.

The Project takes into consideration the following trends:
  • The emergence of new communication services and applications (man-man, man-machine and machine-machine type of communications) that result from the growth of the Internet and wireless technologies.
  • Customers are requesting real-time multimedia communications as an extension of mono-media telecommunications facilities, which become feasible with the emergence of high-speed high-quality networks (NGN) [Reference: Draft ITU-T Rec Y.NGN.R1].
  • The convergence of various technologies including telecommunications (fix/mobile), broadcasting, information technology, and home electronics.
  • The rapid growth of packet based networks, in particular the Internet-based NGN.
  • The increasing computational power in personal computers and handheld devices (like mobile phone, PDAs, etc).
  • The need to achieve some degree of independency between the network and service layers, and to support various business models through the definition and standardization of an open end-to-end architecture.
The objective of the Mediacom Project is to establish a framework for Multimedia standardization for use both inside and external to the ITU. This framework will support the harmonized and coordinated development of global multimedia communication standards across all ITU-T and ITU-R Study Groups, and in close cooperation with other regional and international standards development organizations (SDOs).

SG 16 coordinates its work with other groups that are working on multimedia standardization topics, in particular ITU-T Study Groups 2, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 19, ITU-R SG 6, as well as international and regional SDOs, Forums and Consortia. One of the tools used to foster coordination is the Steering Committee of the Project.
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Contacts in ITU
ITU-T Study Group 16 Chairman
  • Pierre-André Probst
    6, chemin Isaac-Marchand
    CH1290 Versoix
    Tel: +41 22 950 0507
    Fax: +41 22 950 0506
ITU-T SG 16 Counsellor
  • Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto
    Place des Nations
    CH1211 Geneva 20
    Tel.: +41 22 730 6805
    Fax: +41 22 730 5853


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