Next generation network standards to be defined at ITU

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Publication date: 1 August 2004

Citation

(2004), "Next generation network standards to be defined at ITU", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/el.2004.26322dab.017

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Next generation network standards to be defined at ITU

Next generation network standards to be defined at ITU

The ITU has responded to industry calls for next generation network (NGN) standards. Its standardisation arm (ITU-T) is to create a focus group that will produce global standards for NGN. The first results are expected one year from now.

The fundamental difference between NGN and today’s network is the switch from current “circuit-switched” networks to “packet-based” systems such as those using Internet Protocol (IP). The need for global standards is critical as most operators expect to move to an IP infrastructure. One area to be addressed is the concept dubbed “nomadicity”, which will give fixed line and mobile users completely seamless communication. Simply, put this means the underlying technology will be invisible to the user regardless of a multi-service, multi-protocol, multi-vendor environment.

A core group of experts from telecommunication service providers and manufacturers will lead different work areas.