ITU-T adopts recognition procedure for conformance test labs and advances work to combat counterfeit ICTs

The ITU Conformity & Interoperability (C&I) programme continues to grow in strength.  

ITU-T Study Group 11 (Protocols and test specifications) has released guidelines outlining a “testing laboratories recognition procedure” for the identification of conformance test labs with competence in ITU-T standards (ITU-T Recommendations). The recognition procedure will be extended under the auspices of a newly established Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (ITU-T CASC).

The recognition procedure for conformance test labs agreed by the April meeting of SG11 is available to ITU members here. The task of ITU-T CASC is to elaborate detailed requirements for the implementation of the recognition procedure. Its first meeting will be held in conjunction with the next meeting of SG11 in Geneva, 2-11 December 2015.

Combating the counterfeiting of ICT equipment is a work stream of increasing importance to SG11.

Following the 2014 approval of a Technical Report on Counterfeit ICT Equipment, SG11 has initiated the development of a normative Recommendation, “Framework for solution to combat counterfeit ICT Devices” (Q.FW_CCF), to describe a reference framework and requirements to be considered when deploying anti-counterfeiting solutions.

The group is also developing two new Technical Reports to outline “Guidelines on Best Practices and Solutions in the Combating of Counterfeit ICT Devices” (TR-CF_BP) and “Methodologies and use cases for combating the substandard and unauthorized telecommunication/ICT devices” (TR-Sub_Una). The meeting’s participants welcomed a supplementary demonstration of “a solution to combat the counterfeiting of ICT products based on the Digital Object Architecture”, announced in an earlier newslog story here.

The April meeting of SG11 achieved significant progress in a range of other high-priority work streams.

  • A “Framework of signalling for Software Defined Networking” was agreed as Supplement 67 to the Q-series Recommendations.
  • SG11 completed the new Recommendation ITU-T Q.3615 “Protocol for GeoSMS” for SMS communication of location information between various location-based services.
  • The meeting advanced the draft Recommendation on a “Unified methodology of Internet speed quality measurement usable by end-users on the fixed and mobile networks”. Learn more.
  • A new work plan was agreed for the standardization of a conformance testing suite for SIP-IMS (Session Initiation Protocol – IP Multimedia Subsystem). ITU members can access the plan here.

An Executive Summary of the meeting’s results can be found here.

More information on ITU-T Study Group 11 can be found on the group’s homepage.

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