ITU, the 140-year United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, has made available the ITU Standards produced by the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) online free of charge.
The aim of the trial, held during January to October 2007, which received over two million worldwide downloads, was to “increase the visibility and easy availability of the output of ITU-T.”
Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), said that not only had the experiment been a success in raising awareness of ITU-T, it would also attract new members. Most importantly, he noted, it had helped efforts to bridge the “standardization gap” between countries with resources to pursue standardization issues and those without.
“There has been very positive feedback from developing countries,” said Johnson.
“Last year exactly 500 ITU-T Recommendations had been sold to developing countries; this year, after allowing free access, they have downloaded some 300,000.”
Equipment manufacturers, telecommunication network operators and service providers around the world are all using the ITU-T Recommendations, which are developed in a collaborative-based environment by representatives of industry and government providing technical input.
A strong focus of current standards work is laying the foundations for the next-generation network (NGN). Other key areas include IPTV, ICT in vehicles, cybersecurity, quality of service, multimedia, emergency communications and standards for access, such as VDSL 2 — very high speed digital subscriber line 2, the newest and most advanced standard of DSL broadband wireline communications.
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