All set for the ITU -13 Official Opening

Zimbabwe will this morning be officially opening the grand ITU-T Study Group 13,of telecommunications experts marking it  the 2nd ever African country to host the Study group, and today is the  10th day in Victoria falls with leading technical experts deliberating the Next Generation  Networks  (NGN) telecommunication discourse.

Speaking in an Interview with TechnoMag yesterday, the ITU Director of telecommunication and standardization bureau Mr Chaesub Lee said that they found it fit to bring the event to Africa, and Zimbabwe to be specific after it showed serious technological zeal to develop, while extending trending technologies to Africa

Africa has been left behind for years and since ITU was launched some 150 years, we strongly feel I the days of IoT, Africa has serious needs to start adapting future networks, I am  happy coming to Zimbabwe cements our message in Africa.

The director spoke emphatically on the upcoming 5g with 1gps to improve the rate which information moves, while more importantly highlighting that we need more 5G capable devices with Samsung and Huawei having already released devices that are capable to manipulate 5g speeds.

When quizzed whether its necessary for African countries and developing ones to start working towards 5G at the time Zimbabwe and other African countries are still to cover  some patches where basic 3G is still a challenge, he responded that it was not just about 5G base stations but moving with the technology  


Setting up the 5G frequency allocation is a major component of the whole move, it opens us global frequencies for other technologies while more assigning cellphones and communication a certain short distance but effective fpr congested urban sites.

When 4G was launched, it saw mobile networks occupying bandwidths that were traditionally white space , where TV stations were stretching beyond their actual need, thereby aiding creation of lower frequency technology, hat needs global regulation for operationalization.

ITU-T Study Group 13 is mainly focusing on Future networks, is focusing  on IMT-2020, cloud computing and trusted network infrastructure

He st1udy Group 13 has led ITU’s standardization work on next-generation networks and now caters to the evolution of NGNs, while focusing on future networks and network aspects of mobile telecommunications.

Broadly speaking, next-generation network (NGN) refers to the worldwide move from circuit-switched to packet-based network. The migration to NGNs has reduced service providers’ CAPEX and OPEX costs and enabled the rollout of a rich variety of services. As is common practice in ITU-T, reduced energy consumption was a priority addressed early in the development of NGN standards and in this respect NGNs have proven far superior to traditional networks.

NGNs have been critical to fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and telecom-broadcasting convergence exemplified by such innovations as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). NGNs are also underpinning the convergence of ICT and other industry sectors, such as the automotive industry in support of intelligent transport systems (ITS). SG 13 will continue studying NGN evolution; standardizing enhancements to NGNs as new services and applications emerge.

Today, SG13 focuses on future networks (FNs) – networks of the future beyond NGN – expected to enjoy early realization sometime around 2020 in prototyping or phased deployments. The group is standardizing FNs with the objectives of service, data, environmental and socio-economic awareness. This study resulted in the completion of standardization efforts to support network virtualization, energy saving for FNs, and an identification framework. Future plans are to develop different facets of the smart ubiquitous network, requirements of network virtualization for FNs, framework of telecom SDN (software-defined networking) and requirements of formal specification and verification methods for SDN.

Cloud computing is an important part of SG13 work and the group develops standards that detail requirements and functional architectures of the cloud computing ecosystem, covering inter- and intra-cloud computing and technologies supporting XaaS (X as a Service). This work includes infrastructure and networking aspects of cloud computing models, as well as deployment considerations and requirements for interoperability and data portability. Given that cloud computing relies on the interplay of a variety of telecom and IT infrastructure resources, SG13 develops standards enabling consistent end-to-end, multi-cloud management and monitoring of services exposed by and across different service providers’ domains and technologies.   

SG13’s standardization work also covers network aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), additionally ensuring support for IoT across FNs as well as evolving NGNs and mobile networks. Cloud computing in support of IoT is an integral part of this work.

The group also looks at network aspects of mobile telecommunications. This work includes IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced (ITU-R standards commonly referred to as 3G and 4G, respectively); wireless Internet; mobility management; mobile multimedia network functions; internetworking; and enhancements to existing ITU-T Recommendations on IMT.

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