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Title: ITU-T: Empowering global ICT development

ITU-T Empowering global ICT development
  • Simão Campos
  • Counsellor, ITU-T Study Group 16 Multimedia

  • ITU-T Recommendations (technical standards) are
    defining elements in information and
    communication technology (ICT) infrastructure
  • Whether we exchange voice, data or video
    messages, communications cannot take place
    without standards linking the sender and the
  • Todays work extends well beyond the traditional
    areas of telephony to encompass a far wider range
    of information and communications technologies

Sarah, in Paris, loads a video clip encoded with
ITU standards for video compression in her
H.264/AVC is the first truly scalable video
codec, for use in high definition TV to
videoconferencing and 3G mobile multimedia
Access passive optical networks
(PONs) Security X.509 is a key standard for
electronic authentication over public networks
Via broadband, standardized by ITU, Sarah uploads
the video to the server of her favorite
video-sharing site
Most cable modems are built to ITU-T standards
and ITU standards for DSL have helped telcos
maximise their infrastructure investment
ITU Standards in action..
Next Generation Networks refers to the move from
switched to packet based networks, promising
reduced costs for service providers and a richer
variety of services to consumers
Transport protocols and ITU standardized fibre
optics facilitate the upload to the server
Synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) and wave
division multiplexing (WDM) are two technologies
in which ITU standards have played a leading
role. Standards for automatically switched
optical networks (ASON) are a current hot topic
In addition to transport standards, as her video
is viewed around the world, many other ITU
standards - such as those for access and
security - are used
Using a portable media player, Nanami in Tokyo
watches Sarah's video. ITU standards for NGN
herald this new era of connectivity
ITU-T Structure
Workshops, Seminars, Symposia
WTSA World Telecommunication Standardization
Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group
Focus Groups
IPR ad hoc
Study Group
Focus Group
Working Party
Questions Develop Recommendations
Highlights of current activities (1/4)
  • Climate Change
  • Power saving checklist for standards authors
  • ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change London,
    Kyoto two more planned for 2009 (Quito/July
  • Focus Group concluded, ITU-T Study Group 5 will
    take the lead
  • Accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • Checklist for standards authors
  • Recs for real-time text telephony, total
    conversation, etc
  • Workshops
  • Joint Coordination Activity on accessibility and
    human factors
  • Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability
  • Emergency Telecoms
  • Rec Language independent prefix for emergency
  • Rec Child helpline
  • Rec Call prioritization, alerts

Highlights of current activities (2/2)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Recs giving Definition of cybersecurity a
    standardized way for vendors to supply security
    updates and guidelines on spyware toolbox of
    technical measures to counter spam.
  • Identity management Draft Recommendations
    ongoing on data model, interoperable framework,
    interchange framework, and entity authentication
    assurance, requirements
  • NGN
  • Work progressing rapidly in ITU
  • Recs requirements, architecture, OAM, signalling
    protocols, resource control, NNI signalling, NGN
    testing, and security

Highlights of current activities (3/4)
  • IPTV Proceedings of IPTV FG collected. First
    Recs. approved.
  • Video coding and next generation multimedia
  • Broadband access, packet based transport, optical
    transport and access
  • Interoperability conformance testing (Res.76)
  • Bridging the standardization gap
  • Regional forums
  • Remote participation

Highlights of current activities (4/4)
  • Academia initiative Kaleidoscope peer-reviewed
    academic conferences
  • Technology Watch briefing reports the future
    Internet, grid computing, climate change, lawful
    interception, remote collaboration tools,
    telepresence, USN, CALM, etc
  • Workshops and seminars in the regions within a
    wider program set up to bridge the
    standardization gap
  • Assist developing countries in establishing
    regional or sub regional conformity and
    interoperability centres and in identifying human
    and institutional capacity-building and training
    opportunities in conformity and interoperability
  • Free ITU-T Recommendations ? very popular

Snapshot of ITU-T Membership
  • 191 Member States
  • 300 Sector Members
  • 125 Associates

Private sector
Region Private sector - Contributory Units
Africa 4.16
Asia Pacific 41.04
Arab States 17.16
Europe and CIS 54.34
Americas 58.66
Some recent and upcoming workshops
  • ITU-T Workshop on "New challenges for
    Telecommunication Security Standardizations,
    Geneva, Switzerland, 9-10 February 2009
  • The Fully Networked Car Workshop - Workshop on
    ICTs in Motor Vehicles, PALEXPO, Geneva,
    Switzerland, 4-5 March 2009
  • Forum on Next Generation Network Standardization,
    Colombo, Sri Lanka, 7-10 April 2009
  • Forum on "Implementation of decisions of the
    World Telecommunication Standardization
    Assembly-08 (WTSA-08)" Accra, Ghana, 16-17 June
  • ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change, Quito,
    Ecuador, 8-10 July 2009
  • Kaleidoscope event Innovations for Digital
    Inclusion, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 31 August
    1 September 2009
  • Workshop on Accessibility Planned in Bamako,
    Mali, 13-15 Oct 2009 (TBC)

Technology Watch
  • Technology Watch surveys the ICT environment for
    new study topics
  • Technology Watch Briefing Reports provide an
    up-to-date assessment of promising new
    technologies. Recent papers
  • The Future Internet
  • Distributed Computing Utilities, Grids Clouds
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • NGNs and energy efficiency
  • Lawful Interception (LI)
  • Remote collaboration tools
  • Ubiquitous Sensor Networks
  • ICTs and Climate Change
  • Telepresence
  • Intelligent Transport Systems / CALM
  • Under study speech technology networked
    robotics e-health

Kaleidoscope 2008
  • Innovations in NGN
  • Part of initiative to increase dialogue between
  • Aim to identify new topics for standardization
  • Geneva, 12-13 May 220 participants
  • Organized with IEEE CommSoc as Technical
    Co-sponsor and supported by Cisco, Intel, the
    International Communications Foundation of Japan
    and Sun Microsystems.
  • Over 140 papers submitted 53 papers were
  • The best three were awarded prizes totaling
    10,000 kindly donated by Cisco.
  • Included in a future special edition of the IEEE
    Communications Magazine.
  • 16 entrants received a Young Author Recognition

Kaleidoscope 2009
  • Innovations for Digital Inclusion Mar del Plata,
    31 Aug 1 Sep 2009
  • Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications
  • 83 paper proposals, 20 Lecture papers and 16
    poster papers selected
  • Peer-reviewed by 80 subject-matter experts
  • Prize fund for three best papers
  • 10 nominees
  • Proceedings published in IEEE Explore

Strategic direction
  • Truly global public/private partnership ? key
  • 95 of work is done by private sector
  • Continuously adapting to market needs
  • Strong engagement with academia research
  • Academia initiative Kaleidoscope events
  • Striving for stronger participation from
    developing countries
  • Remote participation Regional forums on bridging
    the standardization gap
  • ITU inside concept Mark to show conformance to
    ITU-T Recs.
  • Workshop programme attracts diverse audience,
    initiates new work
  • Consensus driven, open process
  • Very flexible
  • Fast, transparent procedures
  • Start work 1 day / few weeks
  • Develop work weeks to 2-3 yrs
  • Approve work average 2 months
  • AAP for technical standards ( 95 of work)
  • Common IPR Policy ITU-T, ITU-R, ISO, IEC

  • To continue to reflect needs of the market
  • Proliferation of industry forums 300 !
  • Increase participation especially from developing
  • Figure for percentage reduction of power
    consumption in broadband technologies.
  • Agreed figure to form part of a Resolution from
    the upcoming WTSA-08.
  • Improve efficiency, appeal and convenience to

Why participate?
  • Only UN agency dealing with ICT standards
  • Outreach to 191 countries
  • High credibility in emerging markets especially
    Africa, China and more recently India
  • Opportunities for exercising corporate social
  • Excellent meeting facilities, convenient location
  • Open, transparent and flexible
  • Fast working moves at the speed of industry