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Question 16/13

Question 16/13 - Environmental and socio-economic sustainability in future networks and early realization of FN
(Continuation of part of Question 21/13 and part of Question 12/13)
Recommendation ITU-T Y.3001 has identified environmental and socio-economic awareness as two of the four objectives of Future Networks (FNs). The architectural design, resulting implementation, and operation of FNs should be tailored to minimize environmental impact, such as the consumption of materials and energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, it is recommended that FNs also be designed and implemented in such a way that they can be used to reduce the environmental impact of other sectors.
FNs are also recommended to consider social and economic issues in order to reduce the barriers to entry for various actors involved in the network ecosystem. It is recommended that FNs consider the need to reduce their lifecycle costs in order for them to be deployable and sustainable.
With these objectives in mind, the work to specify the procedure, the use-cases, requirements, properties, and mechanisms of environmental and socio-economic sustainability for FNs technology are the responsibility of this question.
In addition, SG 13 has been studying the short term realization of FNs such as the Smart Ubiquitous Networks (SUN). So, the study and further development of SUN should continue under the responsibility of this question. It will specify the framework, requirements, and architectures for SUN in alignment with FNs. Furthermore, it is expected to investigate impacts of SUN in terms of environmental and socio-economic aspects as a consequence of the short term realization of FNs.
Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • Requirements for reducing environmental impact of FNs themselves (Green of FNs), and reducing environmental impact in non-ICT sectors by using FNs (Green by FNs)
  • Analysis of gaps between environmental-aware FNs and existing standards and/or technologies
  • Mechanisms and their technical evaluation framework for environment-aware FNs
  • Identification of necessary study areas for socio-economic aware FNs such as the reduction of barriers for entering FNs ecosystem, the reduction of life-cycle costs to be easily deployable and more sustainable
  • Analysis of gaps between socio-economic aware FNs and existing standards and/or technologies
  • Requirements for socio-economic aware FNs
  • Technical evaluation framework that establishes methodology to reflect socio-economic requirements into FNs, and
  • Framework, requirements, use cases, and functional architecture for early adoption and migration to Future Networks with the name "SUN".
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Produce new Recommendations on framework or general overview of environment aware networking
  • Produce new Recommendations on requirements and functional architecture, and mechanisms of environment aware networking
  • Produces new Recommendations and supplements on:
    • Framework that identifies study areas for socio-economic aware Future Networks
    • Requirements and gap-analysis, for socio-economic aware Future Networks, and
    • Technical evaluation framework of mechanisms to reflect socio-economic aware requirements into FNs.
  • Produce new Recommendations on framework, requirements, use cases, functional architecture, of SUN in alignment with FNs.
  • Y.3000, Y.3021 series and L-series Recommendations
  • Future networks related Questions
Study Groups:
  • ITU-T Study Groups involved with Future Networks studies
  • ITU-T Study Groups on environment and climate change
  • ITU-D relevant Study Groups
Standardization bodies, fora and consortia:
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 6, JTC 1/SC 39
  • IETF
  • IEEE 802.3
  • ETSI
  • IEC
  • ECMA International
  • SESERV (Socio-Economics Service for European Research Projects)
  • FISE (Future Internet Socio Economics)