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 July 2010  
 Optical network standard mapped to new Ethernet spec
ITU has agreed on updates to its widely deployed optical transport network (OTN) standards, including ITU-T G.709. The revisions provide mapping of a recently launched next generation high-rate Ethernet standard from IEEE into the OTN.

Collaboration between ITU-T Study Group 15 and the IEEE P802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet Task Force ensured that these new Ethernet rates are transportable over optical transport networks.

ITU-T Recommendation G.709 “Interfaces for the Optical Transport Network (OTN)” describes a means of communicating data over an optical network. It is a standardized method for transparent transport of services over optical wavelengths in dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) systems.

Operators are facing challenges with the migration from traditional SDH/SONET to IP/ Ethernet based services. ITU-T G.709 OTN is a vehicle to enable convergence, and for providing a common and SONET/SDH-like operational model for network administration, performance monitoring and fault isolation, without altering the individual services.

Using OTN, multiple networks and services such as legacy SONET/SDH, Ethernet, storage protocols and video can all be combined onto a common infrastructure.

Most importantly, unlike SONET/SDH, OTN is the only transport layer in the industry that can carry a full 10/40/100 Gb/s Ethernet signal from IP/Ethernet switches and routers at full bandwidth. With the rapid migration towards IP/Ethernet-based infrastructure, OTN becomes the transport layer of choice for network operators.

The amendment to ITU-T G.709 is part of a set of revisions that provide for interworking with the new Ethernet standard. Equipment functions that perform the mapping are part of revised ITU-T G.798, equipment management functions are part of revised ITU-T G.874, and the jitter characteristics of this (and other) mapping(s) are in revised ITU-T G.8251.
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 World's leading standardization organizations hold Academic Week
ITU together World Standards Cooperation (WSC) partners ISO and IEC will hold its first-ever Academic Week 5-9 July 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is intended to raise awareness of the importance of including standardization in programmes of higher education because of its roles in facilitating access to world markets, transferring technology and promoting good business practice and sustainable development.

Knowledge of standardization and the benefits it can bring to business, government and society as a whole is increasingly being seen as part of the essential "baggage" of future managers in both public and private sectors.

An impressive list of speakers from academia, industry and national and international standards bodies will provide insight on these matters and stimulate discussions, with a view to promote the dialogue and to foster cooperation between academic institutions and the International Standards community.

The three partners recognize the fundamental contribution that educational institutions can make in teaching the value of international standardization, appreciate how the work of academia on the cutting edge of research and technology can benefit the development of standards and are keen to support these institutions in their efforts.

The annual workshop of the International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) – a network of individuals and organizations interested in education about standardization – will also take place during the week.

For further information, including full programme and registration form:

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 Kaleidoscope 2010 - Beyond the Internet? Review process underway
The call for papers for this year’s ITU-T Kaleidoscope conference has closed with 115 papers submitted. The review process of the papers is now underway with the 128 members of the Technical Programme Committee due to inform authors of accepted papers by 30 July.

65 per cent of submitted papers relate to Track 1: Technology and architecture evolution. 42 per cent come from India, with the majority of other papers submitted from Colombia, USA, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Germany. 78 per cent of the authors are from academic institutions with the remainder from the private sector.

The 2010 ITU-T Kaleidoscope academic conference: Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services, is the third in a series of peer reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing the dialogue between academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of telecommunications and ICTs. Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the event will take place at the Sinhgad Technical Education Society, Narhe Campus, Pune, India, 13 – 15 December 2010.Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.

Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services will highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) including future services and applications as well as social and economic impacts. The focus is on innovative technologies and on examining the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet.

In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials, and Jules Verne’s corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.

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 ITU Interop, 20-23 July 2010
ITU’s first interoperability event on IPTV will be held at ITU headquarters, Geneva, 20 to 23 July 2010. Testing will take place 20 and 21 July, with vendors showcasing interoperability to potential customers 22 and 23 July. The event will demonstrate the state of maturity and industry adoption of ITU-T standards for IPTV, for example: H.701 (error-recovery), H.721 (IPTV terminal), H.740 (audience measurement), H.750 (metadata), H.761 (ginga-NCL), H.762 (lightweight interactive multimedia), H.770 (service discovery). Many companies - manufacturers of set top boxes, content servers and other equipment - have expressed interest in testing and showcasing their products, including from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. To secure a private showcasing slot, for further information or to register as a participant, go to: or contact

The showcasing element of the event will allow broadcasters, telecoms companies, system integrators, test laboratories, and others to view the interoperability of IPTV products. Visits are free to ITU members and non-members. In addition private one-on-one showcasing demos with talks at our VIP Corner can be arranged.

TV is a major business opportunity for telcos, content providers and existing broadcasters. ITU-T’s IPTV standards are being incorporated in product offerings from vendors and service providers around the world. The standards cover a wide range of topics including interactive services, content location, terminal specifications, metadata and QoS. Companies from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, France, and elsewhere have implemented ITU-T's IPTV standards and sell in the open market as TV and set top box products. In China and Japan, ITU-T IPTV is already deployed with several million subscribers. A test service is being conducted in Singapore, and there is interest in having test beds in India and Canada.

ITU-T interoperability events on IPTV seek to address issues of conformance and interoperability. ITU’s IPTV standards – developed under ITU’s IPTV Global Standards Initiative (IPTV-GSI) - take into account various aspects of technologies, including IPR, maturity, stability and market adoption. Since ITU-T IPTV is based on mature technologies, decided by consensus, interoperability is easy among different vendors. ITU-T standards include many new features modeled on web technologies, and thus provide the rich interactivity and usability which has become a characteristic of today's ICT service.

Future IPTV Interop Events are planned for Singapore in September and India in December. Future Interop events may include: Home Networking; VDSL2 and GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network).

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 Telco Dispute Resolution Guidelines Published
Guidelines regarding principles that telecommunications operators may wish to consider to manage financial disputes have been approved by ITU members. A report produced by ITU and the World Bank in 2004 stated: “Disputes can be enormously destructive to the sector and effective dispute resolution is increasingly central to successful deployment of modern information infrastructure. This is particularly so where it is necessary to encourage investment and competition to reach the underserved billions of people on the wrong side of the digital divide.”

The documents are supplements to the current ITU-T Recommendation D.170 on General Tariff Principles.

The first supplement is intended to assist telecommunication carriers in the development of efficient processes that might be used to resolve disputes in international settlements. Before a dispute can be raised, parties should have agreed to a reconciliation or dispute criteria and such criteria should preferably be specified in the signed agreement or contract. The supplement is focused on revenue and costs assurance and it mitigates any revenue and/or cost-related issues. It describes the details of the criteria which may be taken into consideration before raising and verification of any dispute, possible sources of dispute, and determination of validity of dispute or discrepancy.

The second supplement presents guidelines for process and proposition of dispute forms for international settlements. It may help to simplify and assist telecommunication carriers in proper and fast resolution of any kind of financial dispute. The exact nature of the dispute resolution should be agreed in the bilateral arrangements between the carriers concerned.

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 Job vacancy: Study Group Advisor
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is inviting applications for the post of Study Group Advisor, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Standards from the ITU are at the heart of modern information and communications technologies (ICTs). For more information see: The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) provides essential logistical support to ITU-T’s 10 Study Groups including electronic working facilities and meeting management. It also manages promotion, workshops, membership, documents, finance, the website etc. It is the body responsible for providing cohesion to ITU-T’s standards making process.

The successful candidate should have an excellent knowledge of the ICT industry and in particular the ICT standardization landscape. Familiarity with ITU-T rules and procedures, its meeting activities and its products would be an advantage, as would previous involvement in the development of standards.

The closing date for applications is 27 July 2010.A detailed vacancy notice and application form can be downloaded at Applications using the form must be sent to or by post to ITU Human Resources Policies Division, Place des Nations, CH-1211, Geneva 20, Switzerland.
Applications must reach ITU by the closing date.

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   ITU Workshop: “Accessibility to ICTs” – World Expo 2010
ITU will be co-organizing a one day workshop on Accessibility to ICTs at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The event will be held on 23 July 2010 as part of i-CREATe 2010.

i-CREATe 2010’s 4th International Convention for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology is dedicated to the promotion of assistive technologies that can improve the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities and to provide a platform to address current and future development in these areas.

In the field of accessibility to ICTs, ITU focuses on a series of strategic issues ranging from the rights of the disabled, making technical design standards accessible and providing education and training on accessible ICT. With more than 650 million people in the world living with disabilities today the most important goal of ITU standards work on accessibility is to make sure that newly developed standards contain the necessary elements to make services and features usable for people with as broad a range of capabilities as possible.

The three main objectives of this workshop will be to discuss current trends and the future for accessibility to ICTs in ITU, encourage organizations to implement accessibility in their daily work, and highlight the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP) on future standardization work. With registration open to all, we eagerly invite you to get involved. You may go online for more information and find it here.

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