International Telecommunication Union - News, Features, and Slideshows


  • IETF vs. ITU: Internet standards face-off

    A battle is brewing between two standards bodies - the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - over which group will be the primary source of the underlying communications protocols that allow the Internet to operate in the future.

    Written by Carolyn Duffy Marsan03 Dec. 12 14:20
  • ITU goes on the defensive ahead of WCIT meeting

    Companies and organizations that are convinced the International Telecommunication Union will try to take over the Internet during next week's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) don't understand what the meeting can decide on, said representatives of the UN body.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs30 Nov. 12 17:51
  • EU says no to increased powers for ITU at WCIT conference

    The European Commission has set out its negotiating position for next week's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), while an official dismissed as ridiculous reports that the Commission had been pushed out of the negotiations on new International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR).

    Written by Jennifer Baker30 Nov. 12 11:24
  • UN's ITU should be dismantled, former White House official says

    The U.S. government should push for the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union to be dismantled in addition to playing defense against proposals for restrictive Internet regulations at an upcoming telecom conference, a former White House official said.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Nov. 12 18:44
  • Some WCIT proposals may violate trade agreements, paper says

    Websites could be required to apply for telecom operator licenses in multiple countries under proposals that will be made at an upcoming telecom treaty conference hosted by the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union, according to a paper released Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross28 Nov. 12 21:21
  • The non-Internet that never was but might be

    The Internet as we know it might never have happened if the Comite Consultatif International Telephonique et Telegraphique (CCITT) had not turned down the offer of TCP/IP from Vint Cerf and other Internet pioneers about 35 years ago.

    Written by Scott Bradner27 Nov. 12 15:40
  • US WCIT ambassador: Some things aren't negotiable

    The U.S. delegation to an upcoming United Nations telecom treaty-writing conference will not budge on its positions advocating free speech online and opposing broad new regulations for the Internet, the leader of the delegation said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Nov. 12 22:17
  • ITU agrees on green IT measurement standards

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has reached an agreement on ways to measure the impact of IT systems on the environment, in an effort to standardize the widely varying estimates now in use, the group said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Sept. 11 06:50
  • IEEE approves next WiMax standard

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has approved IEEE 802.16m, the standard for the next generation of WiMax, which may deliver downstream speeds of more than 300M bps (bits per second).

    Written by Stephen Lawson01 April 11 11:20
  • ITU sends satellite phones to Japan

    The International Telecommunication Union is sending satellite phones to Japan to help rescue work and to reconnect communities cut off by last Friday's earthquake.

    Written by Martyn Williams17 March 11 22:35
  • ITU, IETF push dueling standards on MPLS features

    The Internet Engineering Task Force is slamming a decision by the International Telecommunication Union to pursue its own standard for troubleshooting and fault detection in service-provider networks.

    Written by Stephen Lawson and Mikael Ricknäs02 March 11 12:55
  • LTE-Advanced mobile standard gets go-ahead from industry

    Major handset makers meeting on Friday in Taipei gave their nod to a final version of the world's first advanced LTE mobile data standard, which will raise transfer speeds to 1Gbps.

    Written by Ralph Jennings25 Feb. 11 19:19
  • ITU wants government help to avoid mobile bottleneck

    Whitespace devices, LTE, femtocells, automatic Wi-Fi handover, optimized backhaul networks: wireless operators are already deploying a wide range of techniques to speed the flow of data to our smartphones, and equipment manufacturers are demonstrating many more at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

    Written by Peter Sayer15 Feb. 11 03:49