ITU TSAG sets up new focus group to bridge gap between innovation and standardization

By Telecom Lead Team: The
Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) has established a new
focus group on bridging the gap: From Innovation to Standards (ItS).

Standardization converts innovations into
internationally-accessible tools to aid the growth of new markets and bridge
the digital divide. The Focus Group will seek to reduce the lag between
innovation and standardization, an action to ensure key innovations spread as
fast as possible in the global ICT market.

The identification of ICT innovation in the developing
world, and the task of ensuring such innovation achieving international
recognition through its inclusion in the standards produced by ITU-T will be
important to the group.

The group will execute the following specific actions:

In cooperation with ITU-D, document case studies of
successful examples of ICT innovations, including those that have emerged in
developing countries, and identify relevant standardization gaps. 
Particular focus should be on the socio-economic impact of ICT innovation
emerging in developing countries;

Analyze the innovations that may be standardized and
identify best practices facilitating the implementation of such innovations in
other parts of the world;

Identify case studies which developing countries can
adopt to enhance their ICT innovation and standardization capabilities and
associated socio-economic welfare;

Identify the difficulties faced by developing countries
in bringing their ICT innovation to ITU-T.

Suggest future ITU-T study items and related actions;

Examine how other Standards Development Organizations,
forums and consortia address ICT innovation and its integration into
standardization activities;

Promote its activity at the World Telecommunication
Standardization Assembly (WTSA) meeting in November 2012.

[email protected]