ITU joins hands with Asian standards organizations

ITU has signed an
agreement with key Asian standards developers that will mean new technologies
come to market quicker and at lower cost.

ARIB, CCSA, TTA and TTC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
ITU recognizing ITU as the pre-eminent global ICT standards body. The agreement
seeks to smooth the way for regional standards, developed in these four key
regional bodies, to be internationally recognized.

The MoU will build on
the good relationship ITU has built with all four bodies over many years,
increase transparency between the organizations, avoid duplication of work and
increase efficiency in the publication of standards. Product manufacturers will
be able to more efficiently incorporate globally standardized solutions in
their products, leading to greater economies of scale and lower costs to

The agreement will
bring better access for ARIB, CCSA, TTA and TTC to international
activities, allowing all partners
to profit from information sharing on the standardization aspects of nascent
technologies. The MoU will also encourage the identification of topics for
joint work programmes in order to avoid duplication.

China, Japan and
Korea have been at the forefront of the development of many of the technologies
that underpin the information society. At the same time, all three countries
have shown a commitment to the development of the international standards that
provide the interoperability needed to seamlessly connect the world. This
agreement cements the relationship between ITU and four premier standards
organizations in the region,” said Hamadoun Toure, secretary general, ITU.

This MoU presents an
enormous range of benefits to the ICT industry. While our joint efforts will
benefit all participating organizations, the real winners will be industry and
ultimately consumers. More efficient and effective global standardization
activities will facilitate an open global market for systems, lowering costs
and providing for global interoperability,” said Masayoshi Wakao, secretary
general, ARIB.

ITU is the globally
recognized leader in international ICT standards. CCSA is a longtime
contributor to and supporter of the ITU standards process. We welcome the
opportunity to join with regional partners to improve efficiency and underline
this relationship. This cooperation is not only for the benefit of the partners
but also in the interest of the global ICT industry,”said Zemin Yang,
secretary general, CCSA.

TTA welcomes this
MoU which will become the foundation for further strengthening the relationship
among the five organizations. TTA believes that this MoU will create the
momentum for moving forward with international standardization of newly
emerging ICT technologies,” said Keun-Hyeob Lee, president of TTA.

TTC welcomes this
MoU which leverages expertise in some of the most technologically innovative
minds in the world today. This is a sign of visionary and constructive
thinking. The collective power of  ITU herein will surely bring benefits
to the creation of standards that reflect the needs of a very demanding ICT market,”
said Yoichi Maeda, CEO, TTC.

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