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Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking
Geneva, 13 - 14 October 2005


Home Networking is the linking of all types of electronic devices for applications such as entertainment, telecommunication, home automation systems and telemetry (remote control and monitoring systems). And given the wide range of previously unrelated technologies involved, standards that allow for interoperability are seen as key to the successful marketing of the concept.

The event was organized by ITU-T Study Group 9, in cooperation with several other ITU-T study groups and various organizations outside of ITU. It follows the Workshop on Home Networking and Home Services held 17-18 June 2004, Tokyo.

Study Group 9 has been working on standardization in home networking systems for more than four years. It has already approved three ITU-T Recommendations in the field. A current focus is a new Recommendation that will specify ways to bridge conditional access systems (that ensure payment in pay TV for example) to digital rights management (DRM) systems, an important step toward smooth operation of fully integrated home networking.

This workshop brought together experts from all over the world who are pushing forward the frontiers of this fast-moving field. It provided an overview of the technology as well as an examination of standards that address access, services, performance, Quality of Service, electromagnetic interference and security issues. The workshop dealt with current technology and future trends to provide a framework for moving forward standardization work. Attention was given to both the technology and service aspects of this new technology.


The specific objectives of this workshop include:

  • Presenting current and planned activities for the integration of the Internet, multimedia services and applications, interactive broadcasting, telephony, domestic appliances and telemetry into home networks
  • Outlining the service and business models for Home Networking
  • Considering the support of Home Networking in Next-Generation Networks
  • Reviewing the existing international standardization framework and promoting its applications in the deployment of home networking solutions
  • Identifying future requirements for international standardization and collaboration with ITU-T/R study groups, ISO/IEC, standards development organizations (SDOs), forums, etc.


A small exhibition was also hosted during this event in the Salle des Pas Perdus in the second basement of the ITU Tower building.

For an audio archive of this workshop, please see:

 General Information
 Convening Letter and Registration
 Related Topics, Study Groups, Organizations
 Practical Information


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