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Updates from ITU

ITU brings new clarity to 5G transport
ITU – 2018 has seen the launch of a major ITU drive to define the requirements of IMT-2020/5G systems as they relate to transport networks, the extremely high-capacity optical networks that form the ‘backbone’ of the ICT ecosystem.

These 5G transport projects have built strong momentum, drawing on the expertise of a wide range of working groups within ITU’s standardization expert group for ‘transport, access and home’, ITU-T Study Group 15.

The baseline for this work was established in February 2018 with the release of an influential ITU Technical Report placing emerging 5G radio requirements in the context of their demands on transport networks.

The second version of this Technical Report was agreed in October 2018. Download the report… more>

Updates from ITU

New Measuring the Information Society Report 2018 shows big progress, big gaps
ITU News – More and more people worldwide have access to and are using the Internet. At the same time, ICT prices have dropped globally in the last decade. However, stronger information and communication technology (ICT) skills are needed to connect people everywhere.

These are some of the top highlights in ITU’s new Measuring the Information Society Report 2018, released today.

The MIS Report also finds that improved ICT regulation and policy-making have played a pivotal role in creating the conditions for the reduction of prices, ensuring that part of the efficiency gains of higher ICT adoption are passed on to consumers.

“This year’s report shows how increased investment in broadband technologies is driving the global digital transformation and enabling more people to access a myriad of services at the click of a button,” says ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

The report finds that there continues to be a general upward trend in the access to and use of ICTs. Most importantly, the world has crossed the halfway line in terms of Internet use, with 51.2 per cent of the world population using the Internet by the end of 2018. more>

National plan fosters broadband

International Telecommunications Union, Geneva.

International Telecommunications Union, Geneva. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Marco Antonio Lopez – A new study released by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) examining for the first time the correlation between broadband expansion and six variables confirms what many have suspected: The existence of a national broadband plan is the most important factor affecting the speed by which broadband access spreads across a country.

The equalizing quality of broadband also extends into the sphere of business and the economy. With both large and small businesses now relying on the Internet for their day-to-day operations, enhancements in the broadband infrastructure accelerate transactions and can thus help attract customers and improve efficiency at the same time. While outmigration of particularly young jobseekers to metropolitan areas is endemic to many rural areas, the availability of broadband can help small communities to reconstitute themselves. With massive private sector investments in research and development, the broadband industry is becoming an economic force and job creator in its own right. more> http://tinyurl.com/p23xhh8


Militarizing the Internet?

By Ian Wallace – The perception that the United States has become a danger to the global internet is a cause for concern.

But a more subtle and damaging effect relates to how the internet operates. The United States and its allies are currently engaged in a low-profile but highly consequential tussle for the future of the internet. Although out of day-to-day public view, this matters, as the internet now underpins the global economy. While it is self-evident to us that minimizing government involvement is precisely what ensures the success of the internet, it is equally clear to authoritarian states like Russia and China that the internet (including the content it carries) must to be controlled. This latter view is exemplified by the desire of Russia, China and others to see the International Telecommunications Union, an adopted member of the United Nations family, expand its role into setting international rules for the internet.

Policymakers must not only ask whether a national-security cyber operation is legal, but also whether it is wise. more> http://tinyurl.com/lxhx7dm


U.S. Refuses to Sign ITU Treaty Over Internet Provisions

By Chloe Albanesius – The United States said today (Dec 13, Thu) that it will not sign an international telecommunications treaty thanks to the inclusion of Internet-related provisions. According to the BBC, the U.K. and Canada have also pledged not … Continue reading

ITU ‘failed,’ says former policy chief

By Violet BlueAnthony Rutkowski held the position of the ITU’s chief of telecommunication regulations and relations between members in the ITU’s general secretariat from November 1987 to January 1992.

As WCIT-12 wraps up this week, what remains to be seen is how member states would use the new treaties to implement new rules within their jurisdictions, such as the recently agreed deep-packet inspection provisions. Rutkowski told CNET that it’s not entirely clear the changes actually could be implemented. “Again, the provisions they are proposing are a joke. Most if not all the major nations will simply ignore what is in the draft provisions.” Yet Rutkowski pointed out that even still, “Russia and few others may try to exploit the political value.” more> http://tinyurl.com/a5aqyw9

Divisions over internet governance intensify in Dubai

BBCRussia, the UAE and others are proposing that 193 countries have “equal rights to manage the internet” including its technical specifications.

They want this stated in an international communications treaty.

By contrast, the US wants to limit how the net features in the treaty’s regulations.

It says that failure to do so could aid censorship, adding that its view is backed by many countries in Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. more> http://tinyurl.com/ag5ww8m

The Battle for the Future of the Internet?

English: AGRA. Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin vis...

English: AGRA. Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin visiting the Taj Mahal. Русский: АГРА. Владимир и Людмила Путины во время посещения мавзолея Тадж-Махал. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Jean-Christophe Nothias – Constructing a fairy tale usually requires a cast of ‘bad guys.’ Vladimir Putin declares that WCIT-12 should address Internet governance, and you get the plot line that Russia wants to control the Internet and its infrastructure networks. Ditto China. Add the apparent influence of Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU‘s Malian Secretary-General who received his Ph.D. in the former USSR, to the mix.

For the U.S. chorus-preaching doomsday scenarios, it is the ‘threat’ of centralized control — and the alleged implications for increased governmental censorship — that is presented as the defining question at stake. In essence, their argument goes that the Internet in its current form is a pure and perfect example of a democratic, decentralized system. A fairy tale. more> http://tinyurl.com/cbzsblo

Dear ITU: A Complex Process Where Delegates Who Fly To Dubai Can ‘Lobby’ Is Not ‘Transparency’

International Telecommunication Union

International Telecommunication Union
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Mike Masnick – The EU Parliament has now spoken up about its concerns, noting a number of key points:

  • Calls on the Council and the Commission to ensure that any changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations are compatible with the EU acquis and further the Union’s objective of, and interest in, advancing the internet as a truly public place, where human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly freedom of expression and assembly, are respected and the observance of free market principles, net neutrality and entrepreneurship are ensured;
  • Regrets the lack of transparency and inclusiveness surrounding the negotiations for WCIT-12, given that the outcomes of this meeting could substantially affect the public interest;
  • Believes that the ITU, or any other single, centralised international institution, is not the appropriate body to assert regulatory authority over either internet governance or internet traffic flows;

more> http://tinyurl.com/bqkt9ak

Bitter struggle over Internet regulation to dominate global summit

By Joseph Menn – The 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, a 147-year-old organization that’s now an arm of the United Nations, largely pits revenue-seeking developing countries and authoritarian regimes that want more control over Internet content against U.S. policymakers and private Net companies that prefer the status quo.

While specifics of some of the most contentious proposals remain secret, leaked drafts show that Russia is seeking rules giving individual countries broad permission to shape the content and structure of the Internet within their borders, while a group of Arab countries is advocating universal identification of Internet users. Some developing countries and telecom providers, meanwhile, want to make content providers pay for Internet transmission. more> http://tinyurl.com/ce97khe