Category Standards


Helping Developing Countries to Establish a National Standardization Secretariat

When one goes to meetings of ITU-T Study Groups, the expert groups of ITU’s standardization arm (ITU-T), it is quite normal to see more attendees from developing countries than in the past. Establishing a national standardization secretariat process at home can turn these attendees into more effective participants in ITU-T standardization work. Although some developing […]


Are standards the crux of ICT businesses in today’s digital world?

A Thai Regulator’s Perspective: Industry standards have occupied much of the talk in many industries, especially in technology-intense ones such as telecommunications. It is undeniable that technology has made our lives easier, so it is inevitable that standardization of technology has become more and more important. On one hand, standards promote innovation, competition and international trade. […]


Considering the meaning of convergence

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that aim to identify emerging developments in ICTs and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to support the development of successful products and services. For 2014 the theme is Living in a converged world – impossible without standards? The event will be held at the Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg […]


Interoperability essential for delivering connected healthcare

Continua Health Alliance has established industry standards for end-to-end plug-and-play interoperability for personal connected health devices and systems. Together with ITU, we will promote these standards as the open, global, common interoperability standards for the personal connected health industry. The prevention and management of chronic conditions – such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart failure […]


Can we afford not to have a fibre optic infrastructure?

Fibre-based infrastructure requires vision and recognition of the fact that many of today’s social, economic and sustainability problems can only be solved with the assistance of ICTs. In many situations the capacity, robustness, security and quality necessary for this calls for fibre optic infrastructures. This need will increase dramatically over the next 5 to 10 […]


Another record year for the EPO

The EPO (European Patent Office) has for some time now enjoyed a close and very successful cooperation with Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) with the ITU being a leading example in the telecommunications area. This fast moving and particularly successful high-technology industry has contributed significantly to the continued growth in filings at the EPO, which reached […]

Internet standards

The importance of Standards in developing an effective Internet

In a relatively few years an esoteric tool for researchers has become so much a part of our lives that an outage would be considered a major catastrophe. Whether we are buying a book, voting, paying a bill or coordinating a disaster relief effort, the importance of the Internet is well understood. But for most […]


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