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The Telecommunication Standardization Sector mission

The mission of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector is to be the unique worldwide venue for industry and government to work together in developing, adopting, providing and promoting global consensus-based telecommunication recommendations (standards) for the information society. The Sector's key attribute is the ability to bring together all players in a global environment to develop recommendations in areas where the membership recognizes that ITU-T has the necessary competence.

The Telecommunication Standardization Sector environment

This mission is to be undertaken within the environment identified in Part I, section 2 above for the Union as a whole. Attempts to quantify and qualify anticipated changes in such a dynamic telecommunication environment cannot succeed, and are likely to produce language that is obsolescent upon adoption. Accordingly, the environment can be specifically characterized in the Telecommunication Standardization Sector by:

  • the competition faced by ITU-T, as differentiated from other parts of the Union, from various standards development organizations, consortia, and forums, which means that ITU-T must be able to show the advantages it offers for activities it considers as being its core competencies;

  • the ongoing transformation of telecommunication activities from being regulatory-driven, into a service and demand-driven sphere, and thus into a globally competitive business;

  • growth in the fixed-line network which continues at a steady rate while mobile networks grow at a faster rate;

  • continued growth of electronic commerce;

  • voice communications over IP-based networks.



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