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[November 21, 2012]

Calls for ITU to lead cross-sector ICT standardization

Nov 21, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- ORIGINAL: English Calls for ITU to lead cross-sector ICT standardization WTSA-12 assembles government and industry leaders Dubai, 20 November - Meeting at yesterday's Global Standards Symposium (GSS-12, 19 November) government ministers, private-sector executives and the standardization community urged ITU to create standardization mechanisms to serve the needs of 'vertical markets' that are becoming increasingly dependent on information and communication technologies (ICTs). In addition, participants encouraged ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) to provide leadership in driving standards education and ICT innovation in developing countries.

ICT now cuts across all industries via the common platform of the IP-based network. But technology is applied in different ways by different sectors. To accelerate innovation in areas like e-health, intelligent transport systems and smart grids, GSS-12 participants encouraged ITU to create effective, flexible mechanisms that allow the ICT sector to more effectively collaborate with vertical-market standards makers and industry players.

GSS-12 also offered further support for ITU's efforts to bridge the 'standardization gap', whereby most technical standards are developed in a handful of highly industrialized markets. Improving the standardization capabilities of emerging markets would leverage the network effects of large populations to stimulate the spread of game-changing ICT innovation in developing regions.

In addition to calling on ITU to ensure that international standards reflect the best of innovations rooted in developing countries, GSS-12 proposed the establishment of national standardization secretariats able to define a country's standardization requirements and channel participation in regional and international standardization work.

The report produced by GSS-12 provides input to the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12), opening today in Dubai, UAE (20-29 November). Held every four years, WTSA gathers ITU-T's global membership to decide the Sector's structure and working methods, elect the leaders of its advisory and study groups, and produce Resolutions to guide ITU-T's standardization work over the coming study period.

Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: "WTSA is our chance to streamline the structure of our standards work and make sure that it meets the demands of today's fast-paced Information Society. ITU as the only international intergovernmental standards organization will be instrumental in ushering in the next period of ICT development, and over the next two weeks we will determine the most important areas of focus and assign them to the relevant expert groups." Hamadoun I. Toure, Secretary General, ITU: "Standards are at the heart of all ICTs. From a technical perspective, ITU has been the driving force pushing forward the frontiers of the future Internet. These new frontiers of ICT include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, intelligent transport systems, the transition to IPv6, advanced multimedia, and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV). ITU-T's work is helping to realize the vision of a fully-networked society, and it is through the guidance of WTSA that ITU-T Recommendations satisfy the needs of the global ICT industry and thereby grant users access to high-speed services anytime, anywhere, over any device." For more information, please contact: Sarah Parkes Chief, Media Relations & Public Information, ITU Tel: +41 22 730 6039 E-mail: sarah.parkes@itu.int Toby Johnson Senior Communications Officer Tel: +41 22 730 5877 Mobile: +41 79 249 4868 E-mail: toby.johnson@itu.int www.itu.int ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com.

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