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Title: WTSA-08 Resolution 76: the ITU-T approach to Conformity Assessment and Interoperability for developing countries

WTSA-08 Resolution 76 the ITU-T approach to
Conformity Assessment and Interoperability for
developing countries
Regional ITU Consultation on Conformance
Assessment and Interoperability (Nairobi, Kenya,
30-31 July 2010)
Paolo Rosa Head, Workshops and Promotion
Division Telecommunication Standardization
CI, Nairobi 30-31 July, 2010
What happens everyday
  • Lack of performance and of compliance to
    conformity and interoperability requirements
  • Market invaded by counterfeit products
  • Legacy, regulatory, contractual and legal issues
  • Developing Countries linked to one vendor only
  • poor market competition
  • lack of technology neutrality

  • Impact on ITU
  • Erosion of the perceived importance of ITU as the
    place of choice to develop the full range of
    interoperable standards.
  • Reaction from Developing Countries members
  • a plea expressed for ITU to help and to assist in
    achieving the requested level of conformity to
    standards and interoperability among vendors both
    nationally and internationally
  • ITU commitments
  • WTSA-08 Resolution 76 ITU-T not proposing to do
    anything that is not already being done by other
    successful SDOs including those that are
    expressing opposition to Res.76 implementation
  • WTDC-10 Resolution 47 supporting and
    complementing the Res.76 from the development
    sector point of view

The contents
  1. WTSA-08 Res. 76, WTDC-10 Res. 47, Councils 09 and
    10 highlights
  2. Conformity
  3. Interoperability
  4. Assistance to Developing Countries
  5. Conclusions

The WTSA-08 Res. 76 the WTDC-10 Res.
47 Council-09 and -10 decisions
WTSA-08 Resolution 76 Johannesburg, October 2008
  • Studies related to conformance and
    interoperability testing, assistance to
    developing countries, and a possible future ITU
    mark programme

Conclusions on Res. 76
  • Res. 76 meet the needs of Developing Countries
    for conformance and interoperability
  • Conformity as a first step to increase the
    probability of interoperability between different
    equipment, manufacturers, vendors, service
  • Identification of Labs able to carry out tests
    according to the ITU-T Recommendations
    requirements and training programs
  • Voluntary based ITU conformity programme as a
    demonstration of conformance to ITU-T Recs and
    possible creation of an ITU-Mark the ITU
    inside concept that now is dropped.
  • The increased business opportunities and benefits
    to both suppliers and customers, positive
    industry response

TSB studies conducted with
  • Experts and External
  • Organizations
  • IEC, ISO,
  • Regulators,
  • Laboratories,
  • Training institutions
  • Governments
  • Accreditation bodies (ILAC, IAF, BIPM)
  • Private sector, members and non-members of ITU

The TSB Programme
  • Conformity assessment
  • first step to interop,
  • certification
  • conformity database
  • ITU as facilitator for interop events to
  • identify the interoperability problems
  • develop Interoperability test suites as needed
  • Current international procedures (ISO/IEC - CASCO
    toolbox) adoption
  • Conduct feasibility studies in developing
    countries to
  • implement good conformity assessment practices
  • improve interoperability
  • build capacity
  • establish test centres
  • Development of a business plan

TSB Directors Recommendations endorsed by the
  • Implement conformance assessment and
    interoperability events programme, including the
    creation of a conformance database instead of an
    ITU mark
  • Creation of human resources capacity building
  • Assist establishment of test facilities in
    developing countries
  • Report to next Council on the effective
    implementation of the above.

Cons from Members
  • The database presents both legal and associated
    financial liability risks for the ITU and the ICT
  • A step-by-step approach should be taken in order
    to take into account the concerns of the
    membership as ITU moves forward in implementing
    the action lines adopted by Council 2009
  • The use of accredited test labs is time consuming
    and expensive, delaying users access to
    technology and slowing global trade
  • TSB should first prepare a business plan to
    establish the real costs, potential liabilities
    and measurable benefits to society before
    launching the ITU-T Conformity Database
  • Test centres in developing countries, according
    to one contributor, would lead to confusion in
    the market place

Pros from Members
  • Interoperability as Mission for ITU (Res. 71
    Strategic Plan)
  • Res. 76 intended to assist DCs and manufacturers
    should contribute to its implementation
  • Examples of problems associated with
    interoperability and conformance of equipments
    and systems. Documentation submitted to TSB so
  • The conformance database would be exceedingly
    useful for operators and end users for whom
    equipment are manufactured. Good experience in
    this field is proven by existing DBs from other
  • Confidence of users in the kind of equipment they
    buy is more important than how quickly they
    appear on the market
  • ITU-T Recommendations must be studied in view of
    conformance assessment and interoperability
    testing as relevant
  • Some of them already ensure interoperability of
    products provided by different manufacturers. For
    these Recommendations conformance and
    interoperability testing are complementary
    considering that conformance is the first step to
    enable interoperability.

Where are the problems?
  • Yesterday limited negative effects thanks to
    preliminary and mandatory type approval /
    homologation tests
  • Today Concerns from end users, improvement of
    standards CI testing are needed
  • Tomorrow Common actions required end users,
    vendors, SDOs, regulators, intl and regl
  • Lack Effects on image, service, business, budget

Next steps Regional Consultation Meetings 2010
  • BDT event - 2-4 August 2010 Nairobi, Kenya on NGN
    and creation of test labs in Africa
  • Asia Pacific 16-17 September (Sydney,
  • http//www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/wtsa-08/res76/ind

WTDC-10 Resolution 47 (Hyderabad 2010)
  • Enhancement of knowledge and effective
    application of ITU Recommendations in developing
    countries, including conformance and
    interoperability testing of systems manufactured
    on the basis of ITU Recommendations

WTDC-10 Res.47 resolves linked to Res. 76
  • to assist developing countries in capacity
    building / training in collaboration with ITU-T
  • to assist TSB in conducting conformance
    assessment and interoperability testing events,
    preferably in the developing countries
  • to collaborate with the Director of TSB to
    implement the actions endorsed by the ITU Council
    in 2009 on Resolution 76

Ability of a product to meet the requirement(s)
of a standard A first step to increase the
probability of interoperability
The ITU CI Programme Testing
  • Voluntary basis free programme open to ITU
    members. Non-members may participate on a case by
    case basis waiting for public availability
  • Testing
  • 1st , 2nd, 3rd party accredited labs conformity
  • 3rd party accredited certifiers (any lab)
  • Suppliers Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)
  • (ISO/IEC 17050)

Implementation of the ITU Conformity Programme
ITU Conformity Pilot Database
  • Voluntary and free-of-charge tool permitting
    manufacturers and service providers to make a
    visible declaration that their equipment conform
    to ITU-T Recommendations.
  • Information entered directly by vendors.
  • Users advised that the DB contains only
    information provided by companies and that ITU is
    not in a position to verify the accuracy of the
    information received. Declaration of
    responsibility requested.
  • The Pilot Database may provide information on
    applicable normative references by other
    standards organizations complying with
    Recommendation ITU-T A.5.

Suppliers Declaration of Conformity SDoC 1/2
Suppliers Declaration of Conformity SDoC- 2/2
(No Transcript)
The ITU Pilot Conformity Database Example
Company ITU code Prod. Name Product category ITU-T Recs/Ed. SDOs stand.s Date SDoC

Vendor A C-12345 AH-1234 VDSL 2 G.992.2, G.995, GPON IEEE, IETF, OIF 01.01.11 .pdf
Vendor B
Vendor C
Search facilities for any field
A possible Reference data base for conform
Company Prod. Name Product category Applications SDOs stand.s Customers

Member A AH-1234 F.O. modem GPON, Access, multilambda ITU, IEEE, IETF, OIF A, B, C, E, F
Member B
Member C
Search facilities for any field
Transitive property for CI
Conformity necessary but not sufficient
condition to increase the probability of
interoperability and improve quality of service
  • Customers looking for conformity as the main
    requirement to increase interoperability and
    confidence in vendors, to optimize investments
    and to benefit of improved quality of service

Vendors claiming for conformity to standards
and interoperability as key elements able to
create better business opportunities and to
demonstrate the excellence of products with
respect to the competitors in the marketplace
  • ITU Conformity Database showing products claimed
    as successfully tested for conformity is a key
    tool to
  • to help customers find best solutions for their
  • to offer vendors a for-free additional
    opportunity to make business giving visibility to
    their conforming products

Existing DBs from other SDOs
  • IEEE ICAP Product Conformance Registry
  • www.ieee-isto.org/icap-program/products
  • Open Mobile Alliance Products Listing
  • FCC part 68 - www.fcc.gov/wcb/iatd/part68faqs.pdf
    The rules also provide for the development and
    maintenance of a publicly accessible database of
    approved TE and for labeling TE that have been
    shown to comply with the technical criteria. All
    approved TE are required to be listed in the
    database and to be properly labeled. The
    Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments
    (ACTA), joint sponsorship of the Alliance for
    Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and
    the Telecommunications Industry Association
    (TIA), mandate for maintaining a publicly
    accessible database of all approved TE
  • WiMAX Forum Spectrum and Regulatory Database
  • http//www.wimaxforum.org/certification/certified-
  • Wi-Fi certified products database
  • Global Certification Forum (GCF) (mobile phones
    and wireless devices based on 3GPP standards)
    GCF's guiding maxim is "test once, use
  • http//www.globalcertificationforum.org/WebSite/p

The FCC Conformity Database FCC 00 171 NOTICE
2000 Released May 22, 2000
  • Item 68 Declaration of Conformity.
  • (omissis)DoC is a procedure under which the
    party responsible for the equipment's compliance
    with specific technical parameters, the
    manufacturer, importer, or assembler, causes
    measurements to be made of equipment performance
    with regard to those parameters. The party
    performing such measurements must be accredited
    for doing so by an authorized accreditation body
    based on the International Organization for
    Standardization and International
    Electrotechnical Commission ("ISO/IEC") Guide 25.
  • Item 76 Database of Approved or Certified
  • Currently, the Commission maintains a data base
    of terminal equipment registered pursuant to Part
    68. Consistent with our proposal in this Notice
    to privatize many of the Commissions current
    Part 68 functions, we propose that a private
    entity be responsible for sponsoring and
    maintaining a similar database. We propose that
    entities obtaining equipment approval from TCBs
    and entities using either DoC or verification be
    required to submit pertinent information
    regarding their identity and approved equipment
    to a database administrator. (omissis)
  • A nationwide data base ameliorates concerns
    regarding the potentially adverse impact of
    non-compliant CPE on the PSTN. (omissis)

The FCC-Administrative Council for Terminal
Attachment ACTA (TIA-ATIS) Database Ref. FCC
00-400 of 21 December 2000
  • (item 108) the database will permit interested
    parties such as the Commission, providers of
    telecommunications, and consumers to track and
    identify suppliers or importers of non-compliant
    equipment. As such, the database should
    ameliorate concerns regarding the potentially
    adverse impact of non-compliant terminal
    equipment on the PSTN by ensuring that suppliers
    are held accountable for any damage their
    equipment may cause to the PSTN
  • Registration Numbering and Labeling 
  • (Item 81) As stated previously, when the
    Commission determines that a piece of terminal
    equipment meets the technical requirements for
    that equipment, the Commission assigns a unique
    registration number to that piece of equipment.
    We tentatively conclude that although the
    Commission will no longer be responsible for CPE
    registration, some form of unique identifying
    label must be applied to all terminal equipment.
    This identifying label is necessary to adequately
    identify CPE as an approved piece of terminal
    equipment that customers are entitled to connect
    to the PSTN (omissis)

Is ITU CI DB creating confusion on the
marketplace? The GCF Certific. explained
  • GCF Certification delivers extra confidence
    throughout the mobile value chain by
    demonstrating that a mobile phone or wireless
    device is compliant with requirements agreed by
    GCF, which in turn reference core and test
    specifications published by recognised standards
    organisations and other industry forums
  • will interoperate correctly when used on a
    variety of digital mobile networks
  • Manufacturers who certify their mobile devices to
    GCF rules and procedures are assured that
  • their products will benefit from a high degree of
  • time-to-market for new products is reduced using
    this respected 'one-stop' verification process
  • expensive and time-consuming duplication of
    testing effort can be avoided
  • With GCF's 'tested once, use anywhere' maxim,
    manufacturers can significantly reduce the
    requirement for operator acceptance testing if
    presenting GCF certified devices.

Just an example from WiMax Forum
Or better two examplesthe GCF DB
The step-by-step approach
  • How long will each step be time and how many
    steps are foreseen?
  • Are the industry, the operating companies,
    regulators and end-users willing to wait for the
    results of the proposed multi-year step-by-step
    approach before deciding how to make investments
    and how to deploy new risk-free technologies?
  • To gain time we can benefit of the step-by-step
    approaches followed by others SDOs, Especially
    those that found reasonable and frutful the
    creation of a conformity database.
  • A step-by-step approach that benefits of the
    experience of others SDOs should be developed in
    parallel to the implementation of the Res. 76, 46
    and to the action lines endorsed by Council-09.
  • Considering the activities of other SDOs well
    consolidated, the ITU parallel step-by-step
    approach will allow
  • To satisfy needs of vendors and customers
  • To fine-tuning the activities of ITU on res. 76
    and 47
  • To give advice to ITU Study Groups to consider
    for new studies for test suites as needed
  • A better coordination with other SDOs in the
    field of CI

The TSB step-by-step approach
Res. 76 Conformity and interop tools S-by-S STND Standardization needs S-by-S FIN Financial issues Res.47 Capacity building / test centres
Conformity Data Base and Interop events reports available to the public immediately SDoC Completeness liability advices, database layout Evaluation of additional costs due to certification and impact () on the costs of products in the factory Creating a conformity testing and interoperability culture in the regions workshops
Promote conformity / interop testing and the ITU-T database. Inputs from any vendor and free access by end users Continue monitoring of main CI requirements from developing countries linked to applications and technology, neutrality Evaluation of time increase () to conduct certified instead of non-certified testing Status of the existing labs in regions. Type of testing labs Development of criteria to establish test centres in the regions
Create a CI portal managed by ITU to provide a general overview on CI and links to activities of other SDOs/Industry/regulators/ Governments and to Labs Comparison of test methods, creation of ITU reference test methods and alternative test methods (ITU/SDOs). Overlapping/duplication issues Stimulate MRAs in the regions Analysis of the status of MRAs worldwide. Benefits of MRAs in terms of time to access markets and savings on unnecessary repeated testing worldwide. Establishment of costs for the establishment / enhancement of labs in the regions and creation of regional networks
Establish a coordination with ILAC, IAF, BIPM, UNIDO, Financial Institutions and other SDOs Study new / adapt existing test suites where needed and still not available. Evaluate costs incurred by end users and vendors due to the lack of CI Establishing capacity building programs / technologies / teachers, events and costs in cooperation with industry, UNIDO etc
Improve conformity data base according to vendors / users needs Adapt easy and not expensive market surveillance tools Evaluation of possible financial contributions by non members to input data in the ITU Conformity Database Create criteria and methods to prepare RFPs for private and public entities (e.g. the Germany Project)
Improving interop capabilities / technologies and web pages Create synergy users/vendors/regulators/SDO to improve the CI system Advice on a possible Business Plan
Periodical review/streamline the process in function of the S-by-S approach Study new tools to parallel the database and to give feedback to ITU-T SGs for standards review and studies.
The Global Conformity and Interoperability
  • Links to Conformity Databases from all the SDOs
    on a reciprocal basis
  • Links to ICT testing labs and organizations
  • Repository of global MRAs for CI
  • Information on ITU and other SDOs Interop events
  • Contributions on best practices

Ability of two or more systems or applications
or network management products and services from
different suppliers to exchange information and
to mutually / fruitfully make use of it
TSB interoperability initiatives www.itu.int/inter
  • TSB facilitator and co-organizer, calendar of
    interoperability events partnership with
    relevant SDOs/forums/consortia
  • Possible hot topics
  • IPTV
  • G.9960 (Home Networking) HomeGrid Forum
  • VDSL Broadband Forum
  • GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network)
  • G.hn (home grids / networks)
  • Interested Companies SDOs, Forums, Consortia to
    contact TSB (interop_at_itu.int).

IPTV Interop event
Next ITU Interop events
  • Singapore IPTV September 2010
  • Geneva G.hn ??? November 2010
  • India IPTV December 2010

Interested Companies SDOs, Forums, Consortia to
contact TSB (interop_at_itu.int).
Assistance to Developing Countries Capacity
Building and Test Centres
Capacity building and test centers
  • The ITU-T Secretariat (TSB) is implementing
    proposals on human capacity building in close
    collaboration with the ITU-D Secretariat (BDT)
    (WTDC Res. 47), needed to
  • assign more resources
  • hold workshops and tutorials on conformity
    assessment and interoperability on the BDT
    project on International Telecommunication
    Testing Center.
  • The ITU-T will assist in the establishment of
    test facilities in developing countries and in
    cooperation with international institutions is
    planned (UNIDO, International Laboratory
    Accreditation Cooperation - ILAC, International
    Accreditation Forum - IAF,)
  • Visits to various Labs are in progress in the
  • A project to create a test center in Tanzania is
    in progress

International Laboratory Accreditation
International Accreditation Forum
Source ILAC
What we said
  • Resolutions 76(ITU-T) and 47(ITU-D) the reply
    to the needs of Developing Countries about
    conformity and interoperability
  • Conformity able to increase probability of
  • Created the voluntary based and free pilot
    conformity database to be populated since now
  • ITU-T interop events started
  • TSB committed to the implementation of the Res.
    76 requirements
  • Capacity Building activities and creation of test
    centers started in cooperation with the BDT

Useful links
  • ITU-T Conformity and Interoperability
  • ITU-T Conformity www.itu.int/conformity
  • ITU-T Interoperability www.itu.int/interop
  • ITU-T Workshops and Seminars
  • www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/index.html
  • ITU-T News www.itu.int/net/ITU-T/info/news.aspx

  • Addressing interoperability is one of the very
    reasons for founding ITU and for which Experts in
    ITU-T Study Groups are engaged in developing
  • Recommendations and test suites.
  • There is no point in developing test suites if
    ITU does not give some recognition to
    manufactures having their equipment tested to
    ITU-T Recommendations
  • TSB is committed to consulting and collaborating
    with all the ITU-T membership to ensure the
    successful implementation of Resolution 76 as
    endorsed by the ITU Council
  • It is a long and winding road but
  • there is no turn back
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