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Question 15/11

Question 15/11 – Testing as a service (TAAS)
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At the moment one of the key ITU directions is the creation of regional testing centres. The common area of work of the centres will be conformance and interoperability testing. A testing centre may be implemented using cloud computing technologies, hence the term testing as a service (TAAS).
The existing telecommunication trends are oriented to study the future networks architecture able to deliver services and content with a required quality of service and quality of experience (QoS/QoE) level. This gives the opportunity to fulfil the SG 11 interoperability scope to cover global interoperability, which includes interoperability of the equipment (technical means – ITU‑T Recommendation Q.3900), service interoperability and QoS/QoE interoperability.
The future activity of the regional centres will be concentrated on the global interoperability and monitoring.
At the moment, the testing and monitoring approaches are based on private operators' solutions for services and content monitoring. However, to face the ITU challenges of bridging the digital gap, the necessity to develop remote testing monitoring tools appears. In this case a new approach could be used and it could become an important ITU‑T research area. The proposed approach is to create a virtual ITU environment that would provide the needed set of remote testing and monitoring services.
This proposed new ITU‑T research area will allow identifying the requirements and principles of the virtual testing/estimating and monitoring procedures, the key performance parameters of networks, technologies and services and will allow achieving the key objective to establish the virtual environments.
Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • What type of tests could be provided by remote environment?
  • What kind of benchmarking (performance) tests could be provided?
  • What kind of monitoring procedures could be used for QoS/QoE estimation approach?
  • What network architecture solution is used for remote testing?
  • What are the parties of the remote testing procedures and their roles?
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Identify the list of tests which could be realized by remote testing environment.
  • Identify the list of the benchmarking tests.
  • Identify the QoS and QoE tests.
  • Identify the network solution for the remote testing and monitoring.
  • Identify the parties roles in the remote testing.
  • Identify the interconnections in the remote testing subsystem.
  • Identify methodology for security testing in remote testing environment.
An up-to-date status of work under this Question is contained in the SG 11 work programme
  • Q, Y, H, I, M, F, P and G-series
  • 1/11, 2/11, 3/11, 4/11, 7/11, 10/11 and 12/11
Study groups
  • ITU‑T SG 13 on NGN architecture
  • ITU‑T SG 16 on multimedia services and applications
Standardization bodies
  • Other regional SDOs dealing with NGN issues