Tag Archives: standardization

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 […]

Green cables for climate monitoring and disaster warning

Continents are connected by information superhighways of fibre-optic submarine cables that span our oceans to provide the backbone of the global telecommunications system. The first submarine communication cable was deployed across the English Channel in 1850, and since, more than a million kilometres of cable have been laid on the ocean floor, covering a significant […]

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, […]

A call to action to build a fully accessible society

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, one of the committees in the UN human rights treaty bodies system, adopted at its meeting held in April 2014 its General Comment No 2 on the issue of Accessibility. The General Comment to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims to […]

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 […]

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 […]