ITU-T Recommendation G.7710/Y.1701 addresses the equipment management functions (EMFs) inside a transport network element that are common to multiple technologies. For example, common applications are described for date & time, fault management, configuration management, account management, performance management and security management. These applications result in the specification of common EMF functions and their requirements.

The 2007 revision of this Recommendation has imported general applicable text from the existing technology-specific Recommendations, ITU-T Recs G.784 and G.874. Technology-specific definitions have been removed (i.e., moved to the relevant technology-specific Recommendations). This Recommendation has been enhanced to cover also packet-based transport networks (in addition to the already covered circuit-based transport networks) and the equipment control function.