kumaramitabh 12/5/2012 | 3:53:50 PM
re: The World Just Got More Interesting ITU has faithfully remained a Telecom event. Unfortunately, it has failed to keep up with the ways in Telecom itself has been moving with new largely used technologies such as mobile, 3G, WiMAX and many others.
Telecommunications have grown with mobile technologies with nearly 5 billion users, while the fixed line communications are largely marginalized. However who do you look to for mobile standards?
The 3GPP of course. Similarly the WiMAX standards are made by the IEEE and WiMAX forum and the Video broadcasting standards ( we are now supposed to be in a convergent era) by the DVB or the ATSC. Some of the standards do get an ITU stamp, but this seems to be favour which seem to be doing to the ITU rather than it being the other way around. The ITU standards for T-DMB are an example, which do have an ITU recommendation but all work on them has happened in Korea under the ARIB,ETRI and other local institutions. The standards of the net itself continue to be formulated under the IETF,WWW and other bodies.
ITU retains its intergovernmental nature, which is why there is any participation at all. It is a playground of government representatives and less of the nature of an organization which can serve the industry. Many major carriers do participate but they still see future away from the technologies being discussed in the ITU. In the past many issues such as accounting rates used to hog considerable limelight but those days are gone now. carriers can discuss traffic amongst themselves but there are many other fora for the same. ITU is responsible for regional allocation of spectrum and defining the spectral bands. This is of interest to many and this draws the attention of the industry to some extent as it potentially impacts their operations.
ITU can be meaningful only if tries to address the large user base technologies on the so called Gǣconvergent networksGǥ as it chooses to call them.
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