Tunisia to host ITU’s telecom standardization assembly (WTSA-16)

The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA), which is normally held every four years to define the next period of study for ITU-T, will take place in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, from October 25 to November 3, 2016 preceded by the Global Standards Symposium on 24 October 2016.

WTSA is held every four years for ITU members to refine the strategic direction of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). The Assembly will review ITU-T’s structure, working methods and mechanisms for collaboration with other standards bodies, SMEs and open-source communities, and the many vertical sectors applying ICTs as enabling technologies.

WTSA-16 is an opportunity to ensure that ITU standardization remains well positioned to support the development of the Information Society. The decisions of the Assembly will shape ITU-T into a form optimized to assist government, industry and academia in achieving their ambitions for the year 2020 and beyond, in fields including IMT-2020 (5G), the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and the ICT sector’s contribution to the pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

WTSA-16 will be preceded by the Global Standards Symposium on 24 October, an event to bring together Thought Leaders in the standardization sphere to discuss how standards efforts could best integrate the consideration of security, privacy and trust.

A series of side events will supplement the discussions of WTSA-16.

The CCITT/ITU-T 60th Anniversary Talks will host high-profile speakers to explore the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Financial Services and their implications for industry and society, and supporting standardization and governance frameworks.

An invitation-only “CxO Meeting” will gather industry leaders to explore the new industry dynamics ushered in by the rise of over-the-top business models. The meeting will also discuss how to accelerate the deployment of innovative broadband access solutions such as giga-band through a combination of LTE, WiFi and fixed broadband (ITU G.fast) technologies.

The first meeting of the ITU Women in Standardization Expert Group (WISE) will bring together leading women in the ICT field to debate the best course of action in advocacy aimed at enhancing the participation of women in the ICT sector and supporting technical standardization activity.

An event focused on the accessibility of ICTs to persons with disabilities will highlight ITU’s latest initiatives to mainstream the consideration of ICT accessibility in the development of technical standards.

Further details about the event, which will be hosted at Medina Hotel and Convention & Exhibition Center, Hammamet, Tunisia, can be found from the event website.

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