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Tenth Global Standardization Collaboration Promotes Innovation in Telecommunications


New York, Sep 09, 2005

The Tenth Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-10) was hosted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Sophia Antipolis, France, August 28–September 2, 2005. The event drew the world’s leading telecommunications and radio standards organizations to promote innovation and collaboration on next generation standards for converged fixed/mobile communication services.

“Innovation is at the heart of progress in communications. This GSC meeting has once again brought together standards leaders from all over the world to further cooperation towards global standards that will create innovative new services in areas ranging from networks inside the home, to converged fixed and mobile voice, video and data applications, to security and accessibility for all users,” said Francisco da Silva, GSC-10 chairman. “The positive and proactive spirit of collaboration towards these ends has been truly impressive.”

Representing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was Dr. George W. Arnold, ANSI board chairman. Dr. Arnold presented several talks and papers, including an update on the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) at a session on security, a report on the ANSI Patent Group's views on open standards and interoperability, and a white paper prepared by ANSI on standards, intellectual property rights and antitrust developments in the United States.

As part of the scheduled events, a User Workshop provided an opportunity to exchange more detailed information on user requirements and the related standards that are being developed on a worldwide scale for the benefit of the users. The workshop focused especially on the role of users in standardization policy and their requirements to ensure “Accessibility for All” to ICT technologies and to the standardization work.

As the issue of "open standards" is gaining attention on a global scale, a GSC resolution agreed on fundamental elements that would be included in the definition of an "open standard." Other resolutions covered Next Generation Networks, emergency communications, public protection & disaster relief, electronic article surveillance (EAS) & radio frequency identification devices (RFID), home networking, cybersecurity, and broadband services in rural and remote areas, among others.

Participants at GSC-10 included the Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF), Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) of Japan, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from the US, the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), the Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC) of Japan, the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of Korea, the ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The GSC web site (http://www.gsc.etsi.org/) contains further details of the meeting and the User Workshop.

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