One Year of Standardization Activities within the ITU-T

posted 12 Mar 2012, 07:50 by Patrick Poullie   [ updated 12 Mar 2012, 07:51 ]
Over the last year SESERV was actively contributing to ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future Networks) meetings. These efforts now resulted in the first draft of a future ITU-T Recommendation entitled "Socio-Economic Aware Design of Future Network Technology" (Y.FNsocioeconomic) and a Question Description proposal for the next Study Period with a dedicated socio-economic focus (entitled "Social and economic awareness properties of FNs") being approved as formal meeting outputs of Study Group 13's plenary meeting on Feb 17, 2012. In addition to these two items, that were substantially supported by SESERV experts, a closer interaction between ITU-T's technically oriented Study Group 13 and  ITU-T's  economically oriented Study Group 3 was initiated and supported by SESERV. This resulted in two liaison statements between these groups being approved. SESERV's successful ITU-T activities may be partitioned into these three fields (ITU-T Recommendation/Y.FNsocioeconomic, Question Description, Liaison Statement) and summarized as follows:

    Y.FNsocioeconomic: SESERV’s active contributions (through members of the University of Zurich, UZH) to the development of the future ITU-T Recommendation entitled "Socio-Economic Aware Design of Future Network Technology" resulted in a formal meeting output approved at the Study Group 13's plenary meeting. This is a considerable step forward in the development of this future Recommendation. Also it implies chances of the tussle analysis, discussed in this document, becoming an ITU-T Recommendation eventually. Substantial support in the Study Group 13 is seen towards this target.

    Question Description: The study period for Question 21 and Study Group 13 is going to end in next year. Question 21 is going to propose 5 new Questions to be built – one of which is termed 'Social and economic awareness properties of FNs' (FN = Future Network) and covers input from SESERV. SESERV as well as FISE are both explicitly mentioned as bodies of interest to the ITU to liaise with and the fact that this Question Description is going to be proposed shows support within Question 21 and it documents SESERV’s impact.

    Liaison statement: With the progress in Y.FNsocioeconomic, a second liaison statement is sent out to Study Group 3 which deals with economic questions (e.g., network externalities and pricing). This follow-up statement and the positive, albeit short reaction to the first liaisons statement is seen as an indicator for SESERV’s success in bringing together technically oriented (SG13) and economically oriented (SG3) FN experts.

SESERV will continue to work on Y.FNsocioeconomic and compile a contribution for the next Study Group 13 meeting in June.