Tag Archives: ITU-T

Softwarization, 5G and the new dynamics of the ICT industry

We cannot underestimate the impact that ‘softwarization’ is having on today’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry, or what will it mean for the industry of the 5G era. Despite being expensive and error-prone, manual configuration of ICT resources was the norm for many years. In the large datacentres introduced over the past 15 to […]

Kaleidoscope: where social and technical sciences meet

I remember that day in early 2007 quite vividly – my first trip to ITU. The Cooperation between ITU-T and Universities: Consultation Meeting aimed to discuss the link between academic research and standardization. Having just completed the final report on the ‘Interest’ project, an EU project that investigated this same topic, some of our  team […]

Vodafone Qatar: ITU-T’s Newest Member

In the year 2000, around 5% of Qatar’s citizens were using the Internet and roughly 20% held mobile-cellular subscriptions. Fast-forward to 2012, an appropriate analogy, and 88% of the population were online and the number of mobile-cellular subscriptions in the country exceeded the number of people by around 30%. Qatar’s population is now 99% urban, […]

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 […]

Reducing driver distraction with ICTs

Inappropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially mobile phones, is a chief culprit behind driver distraction and road accidents, and with automobile manufacturers scrambling to develop a “connected” driving experience, the ICT and automotive industries are becoming ever more closely entwined. However, this integration of cars and ICTs need not come at the […]

Limiting the abuse of market dominance by standards-essential patents

Standards serve the public interest in a variety of ways by increasing product quality and consumer choice, offering products an entrance to global markets, bringing costs down for vendors and consumers, and acting as fundamental tools to enable the interoperability of ICT networks and devices. Licensing of standards-essential patents (SEPs) on reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) […]

WCIT-12: A new Resolution for a globally harmonized national number for access to emergency services

A new Resolution tabled at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (#WCIT12) underlines the importance for travelers to be aware of a single well-known number to access local emergency services if the need ever arises. The formulation of the Resolution at WCIT-12 instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau to take the necessary action […]