WTSA-16 Highlights: Learn more about ITU standardization achievements

WTSA-16 offers ITU members the opportunity to set the strategic direction of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) for the next four years. Learn more…

The past four years of ITU standardization have seen key results achieved in areas characterized by ITU leadership, and ITU members have taken bold steps towards ensuring that ITU-T remains well positioned to serve emerging standardization demands.

A synopsis of these achievements can be found in a freely available report…

ITU-T has completed a set of highly Report on recent achievements in ITU standardizationanticipated broadband access technologies in G.fast, a new standard capable of delivering 2 Gbit/s over traditional telephone wires; as well as 40-Gigabit-capable Fibre to the Home (NG-PON2), the first series of standards to provide fibre-optic access speeds beyond 10 Gbit/s.

The revision of a key ITU standard underlying the Optical Transport Network will enable optical transport at rates higher than 100 Gbit/s, meeting industry demand for increased capacity in metro and long-haul transport networks to support the unceasing growth of video and data traffic.

ITU H.265 ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ – the successor to the Primetime Emmy award-winning ITU H.264 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ – will support next-generation video services across the bandwidth spectrum, from mobile multimedia to ultra-high-definition ‘4K’ and ‘8K’ TV.

ITU-T has also achieved considerable progress in its efforts to provide an enabling environment for ICT standardization to support the convergence of technologies and industry sectors.

The collaboration of telecommunications and over-the-top players has ushered concepts rooted in data-centre networking into the telecoms industry, with new ITU standards in areas such as software-defined networking easing the migration to new ways of networking.

The wide array of industry sectors now in demand of ICT standards has drawn great value from ITU, with new standards agreed in areas such as e-health, smart grid and intelligent transport systems. Collaboration with e-health players, for example, has delivered ITU standards to support medical-grade e-health devices.

The recent achievements of ITU standardization in increasing the capacity and intelligence of ICT networks and devices, as well as its successes in building cooperation among vertical sectors, have established a strong basis to support the next five years of ICT innovation.

The inclusivity of the ITU standardization platform – supported by ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap programme – will assist in offering all the world’s countries equal opportunity to benefit from the ICT advances to be achieved in the approach to year 2020.

WTSA-16 will consolidate the progress that ITU standardization has achieved over the past four years, refining the strategic direction and structure of ITU-T to support the next phase of innovation in ICT. Learn more about WTSA-16…

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