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 Regional ITU Consultation on Conformance Assessment and Interoperability for the Africa Region
 Nairobi, Kenya, 30 - 31 July 2010 Contact:

Advance Programme

 Day 1, Friday, 30 July 2010
09:00 - 09:30 Opening Ceremony:

Master of Ceremonies:
  • Mutua Muthusi, Assistant Director, Communication and Public Relations, CCK
Chairman of the Consultation event:
  • Sherif Guinena, Technical and regulatory affairs Advisor to the Executive President, National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA)
Welcome address:
  • Charles Njoroge, Director General of the Communications Commission of Kenya
  • Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, (ITU/TSB)
Keynote speech:
  • Charles Njoroge, Director General of the Communications Commission of Kenya
09:30 - 10:30 Session 1: Introductory notes on conformity & Interoperability, WTSA Res76/WTDC Res47

Objectives: This session will review the WTSA-08 Resolution 76 and the action lines endorsed by the Council 2009. It will show the ITU programme for conformity assessment and interoperability including an overview on the ITU Conformity Pilot Database.
  • Paolo Rosa, Head, Workshops & Promotion Division (ITU/TSB): ITU: Status of implementation of WTSA Resolution 76 and WTDC Resolution 47
  • Paolo Rosa, Head, Workshops & Promotion Division (ITU/TSB): Highlights from Res 76 Regional consultation meeting in Quito, Ecuador
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break 
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Conformity assessment, and Certification.
Views from the developing countries and the industry

Objectives: During this session, participants will review the global system for conformity assessment ((ISO/CASCO) as an important element of the quality infrastructure; and review the tools and processes existing in other countries. Review of examples of non conformity and no interoperability addressed by some countries.
  • Paul Inglesby, Telecoms/ICT Consultant, South Africa: An independent South African telecoms/ICT view on conformance testing & interoperability
  • Sherif Guinena, Technical and regulatory affairs Advisor to the Executive President, National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA): Developing Countries’ perspectives on Conformity and Interoperability Testing
  • Tamer Mosaad Kamel, TE DATA, Egypt : Interoperability Challenges in ISPs’ Operations
  • Asok Chatterjee, Vice President, Industry Relations, Ericsson, Inc., USA: ATIS and Interoperability in the Africa Region
  • Mostafa Hegazy, Head of Technology Delivery Management, Mobinil, EGYPT: Challenges facing Mobile Operators due to Lack of Conformity and Interoperability, Mobinil, EGYPT
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch 
14:00 - 14:40 Session 3: Conformity Assessment, Testing and Mutual Recognition Agreements and Arrangements

Objectives: Global best practices on conformity assessment and testing; the role of national and international Accreditation bodies (e.g. ILAC and IAF) and National Regulatory Authorities; Industry view on the innovation and life cycle of new technologies; Review of views from the DCs and the Industry on Certification and Mutual Recognition Agreements and Arrangements, the Supplier's Declaration of Conformity, The Accredited Certification bodies; Views from Developing County operators, regulators, vendors shall be presented as well as the industry responses on importance of conformity assessment testing, the certification and accreditation processes; Improving the functionality and effectiveness of the pilot conformity database as a tool to permit industry to show products declaring conformity to one or more ITU-T Recommendations ("tested once, accepted everywhere"); Measures that need to be taken to set up test laboratories in the DC Regions; Identification of possibly applicable global best practices and its adaptation in meeting the requirements of DC operators, regulators, customers as well as the industry.
14:40 - 15:00 Coffee break 
15:00 - 16:30 Session 4: Interoperability events in the interest of all the stakeholders

Objectives: Review the main concerns of vendors and suppliers on technical and commercial issues pertinent to interoperability requirements requested by the developing countries; and provide the opportunity for the operators, regulators, and relevant stakeholders in the developing countries to express their views on the main technical and economical difficulties they are facing due to non or partial conformance to standards and/or lack or deficits in interoperability. This session will give opportunity to identify the problems and helps in bridging the gap.
  • Paul Inglesby, Telecoms/ICT Consultant, South Africa: A FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010 case study
  • Helmut Schink (VC ITU-T SG 15): Overview on SG 15's activities on interoperability
  • Ulrich Sandl, Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany: Measuring interoperability - from theory to practice
  • Helmut Schink (NSN): A vendor's perspective on interoperability in developing countries
16:30 - 17:30 Panel Discussion on the presentations of the day
 Day 2, Saturday, 31 July 2010
09:30 - 10:30 Session 5: Capacity Building: key to a better C&I understanding

Objectives: This session will show what is done in the world in terms of interoperability tests and events from various entities such as test labs, regulators, Forums and Consortia; review of the ITU role in facilitating such test events; Role of the ITU in the setting up of the NGN interoperability test facility in the RCC region; The need of ITU to study standards also forms the testing and interoperability points of views; Role of policy makers, regulators and the industry towards an increased confidence in interoperability philosophy.
  • David Francisco, Helmut Schink: Overview MSF (MultiService Forum) LTE/EPC (Long Term Evolution / Evolved Packet Core) Interoperability Testing
  • Paolo Rosa:, Head, Workshops & Promotion Division (ITU/TSB): Experiences of IT┌-T's interop event on IPTV (20-23 July)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break 
11:00 - 11:30 Session 6: Capacity building: Key to a better DC involvement in CIT

Objectives: Capacity building has been identified as a crucial element in bridging the standardization gap, in particular in relevance to Res. 76. Cooperation from International Organizations, SDOs, Forums, Consortia and industry to create opportunities to make technicians, engineers and network planners from developing countries aware and involved in standards development, be able to develop specifications complying to standards, to understand testing suites, be aware of applicability of various test suites to test against the same standards, be able to evaluate test results,... etc.
11:30 - 12:30 Closing Session: Panel Discussion addressing possible way-forward

Objectives: Improving the implementation of the ITU conformity and interoperability program and the way-forward taking into account views and concerns of the developing countries as well as the industry; Possible solutions for the concerns shown by some industries in terms of costs, time to market, participation in interoperability events (ITU interop) and participation in the ITU conformity database.

Session Moderator: Sherif Guinena, Technical and regulatory affairs Advisor to the Executive President, National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA)


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