WTSA-16 Outcomes: ITU standardization takes up strong position to power the smart 5G era

WTSA-16 accelerates support for standards work on 5G, IoT, smart cities and fintech

ITU membership has called for ITU’s standardization arm to expand its study of the wireline networking innovations required to achieve the ambitious performance targets of smart 5G systems. This call has come in parallel with ITU members’ reaffirmation of the importance of ITU’s standardization work to drive the coordinated development of ultra-high-speed transport networks, the Internet of Things, future video technologies, and smart cities and communities.

ITU members have also encouraged ITU standardization to increase digital financial inclusion, promote affordable mobile roaming tariffs, and strengthen consumer protection and ICT service quality. Members have in addition called for ITU standardization to support the use of cloud computing to record event data from aircraft, vehicles and other connected machinery.

These directives of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA-16) held in Hammamet, Tunisia, 25 October to 3 November, have given further impetus to ITU standardization work aimed at supporting government, industry and academia in achieving their priorities for year 2020 and beyond. The conference, which takes place every four years, gathered up to 1000 delegates from 92 countries to deliberate on a wide range of standardization topics critical to the next phase of innovation in ICT.

The Assembly also reviews the structure and working methods of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and elects the teams that will lead ITU-T’s expert groups. Another key focus of WTSA is to review ITU-T’s mechanisms for collaboration with other standards bodies and the many vertical sectors applying ICTs as enabling technologies.

Alongside adopting 16 new WTSA Resolutions and revising 31, the Assembly also revised two of the A series ITU-T Recommendations that guide ITU-T’s work, and in addition approved five ITU standards on subjects including international mobile roaming and Internet Exchange Points.

Find all the WTSA Resolutions adopted in Hammamet in the draft WTSA-16 Proceedings:

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