How standards boost the benefits of broadcasting

by Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General For the last 71 years, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has led global standardization across the broadcasting value chain. Broadcasting and multimedia-related standards, from advanced sound systems to video compression, are as crucial as ever in today’s digital world. As we saw at our last Future of Television for Europe workshop, broadcasting is a driving […]

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Closing the innovation gap – and the digital divide

At the heart of the digital divide is a yawning innovation gap. Many national policies and strategies — even in developed countries — often fail to close it. This has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting countries with low digital technological capabilities at an increasingly significant risk of marginalization. The result? Talent is unfulfilled, small- and medium-sized enterprises are struggling, […]

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Call for video demos: Showcasing digital transformation at the first virtual ITU Kaleidoscope conference

By ITU News A virtual conference by design, this year’s ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference will feature a global representation of expert views and demos to highlight why 2020 and beyond will be remembered for “industry-driven digital transformation”. Call for video demos: Broadcast your innovations to a global audience. Submit an extended abstract by 12 October 2020 for your demo to be considered. From […]

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‘LiFi’ provider Oledcomm shares experience of ITU standards process

By ITU News Oledcomm started out as an R&D lab at Versailles University in 2005. That lab has grown into a company with global ambitions, developing high-security ‘LiFi’ solutions with infrared. The company’s ‘LiFiMAX’ solution builds on ITU G.9991, the ITU standard for high-speed indoor wireless communications with visible light and infrared. LiFi provides network connectivity within a premises, similar to WiFi, […]

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Why Fraunhofer HHI develops and trials ‘LiFi’ systems based on ITU standards

By Volker Jungnickel, Head of Metro-, Access- and Inhouse Systems at Fraunhofer HHI The LiFi market is growing with the help of the ITU G.9991, the first standard for Gigabit indoor wireless connectivity using visible and infrared light. The long-term research of Fraunhofer HHI made a key contribution in helping the wireless community to reach the exciting point we see today […]

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Why Signify builds ‘LiFi’ products to ITU standards

By ITU News ITU’s standard for indoor Visible Light Communication (VLC), also known as ‘LiFi’ – ITU G.9991 – is the world’s first standard for high-speed wireless communications with visible light and infrared. LiFi provides network connectivity within a premises, similar to WiFi, but using light rather than radio signals. When Philips Lighting introduced Signify as its new company name in 2018, […]

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ITU standards project G.fin to provide fibre connectivity in the home

By ITU News New ICT experiences are entering our homes with innovations such as smart TVs, smart speakers, HD video communications and Virtual Reality. The ITU G.fin project aims to optimize these experiences by introducing a novel fibre network to provide connectivity from the residential gateway to the wireless access points in the home. The performance of the access network […]

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New features of ITU home networking standards under development for Smart Grid, Industrial and IoT

By ITU News ‘Smart’ systems make smarter use of data to operate more autonomously and increase efficiency. The evolution of the ITU G.hn family of home networking standards will provide in-premises networks with the reliability, capacity and controlled-latency capabilities necessary to the remote management and control of smart systems. G.hn technology provides a highly flexible transmission engine capable over coax, […]

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International standardization in virtual space: ITU’s decisive response to COVID-19

By Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau ITU standards provide the technical foundations of the global ICT ecosystem, binding together the rich diversity of ICT networks, devices and services that have become so essential to business and daily life. These standards are developed iteration by iteration, consensus decision by consensus decision, propelled by the contributions and associated […]

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