5G update: New ITU standards for network softwarization and fixed-mobile convergence

By ITU News ITU has reached first-stage approval (‘consent’) of three new international standards defining the requirements of IMT-2020 (5G) systems as they relate to network operation, softwarization and fixed-mobile convergence. The standards were developed by ITU’s standardization expert group for future networks, ITU-T Study Group 13. The first-stage approvals come in parallel with Study Group 13’s establishment of a […]

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Implications of cryptocurrencies for venture financing and beyond

By ITU News While the current market rally around Bitcoin has kept cryptocurrencies in the headlines, there is much more driving the revolution. ITU News recently spoke to Alexander Lange, blockchain investor and former VC at Earlybird about the crypto industry, venture financing, and some of the pros and cons behind the trend. “There are basically three things fueling the […]

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What is ‘cloud-native IoT’ and why does it matter?

By Omar Elloumi and Mahdi Ben Alaya The value proposition of cloud computing is about opening access to sophisticated computing and storage capabilities to a massive number of users. Cloud users gain access to computing and storage capabilities as a service; one that provides cost-optimization, fault-tolerance, horizontal scalability, geo-optimization and low latency. Edge computing also provides many of these features. […]

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Convergence matters for the Internet of Things: How can standards contribute?

By Omar Elloumi I have been working on IoT for over a decade. While I have always thought that IoT is here to stay and set to impact our lives dramatically, the IoT community is still grappling with the key question of how to connect the dots between different IoT standards and open-source technologies. The Alliance for the Internet of […]

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World Maritime Day: 6 ways ICTs can help to connect ships, ports and people

By ITU News World Maritime Day 2017 is being celebrated on September 28th with the theme of “Connecting Ships, Ports and People.” ITU makes a tangible contribution to the development of maritime communication systems, which connect all players of the maritime ecosystem, by providing frequency spectrum for such systems, by developing standards for maritime communications and through a number of key […]

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Webinar, Thursday 28 September, 15:45 CEST: New ITU standards for quality of video gaming, streamed media and speech quality

By ITU News A webinar tomorrow at 15:45 CEST will offer insight into new ITU standards to assess the user-experienced quality of video games, streamed media and speech quality.  The webinar will also provide an introduction to open-source ITU speech coding tools on GitHub. The webinar is an initiative to share the results of the 19-28 September meeting of the […]

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Contribute to open-source ITU speech coding tools on GitHub

By ITU News The ITU-T Software Tool Library for speech and audio coding has been introduced to GitHub to open access to the library’s development. Find the library at https://github.com/openitu/STL. The ITU-T Software Tool Library has developed over more than 20 years of ITU standardization work on speech and audio coding. The tools are applicable to narrowband telephony as well […]

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How will SDN/NFV impact telcos? Top 5 trends to watch.

By Tony Pallone The shift to SDN/NFV is set to transform the telecommunications industry, allowing telcos to rapidly adjust to dynamic markets needs in a lower-cost and scalable way. Software-defined networking (SDN) is a computer networking approach that establishes centralized, programmable control points to orchestrate network services. The complementary approach of network functions virtualization (NFV) focuses on the network services […]

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Opening up 5G

By Marc Cohn The next mobile generation (5G) is not just redefining mobile services — it is also ushering in an era of open technologies that are transforming the telecommunications industry. Software-defined networking (SDN) and net­work functions virtualization (NFV) represent the future in telecommunications, by virtualizing the infrastructure and services to offer unprece­dented agility, intelligence, and openness. For the past […]

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