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ITU unveils open research group on autonomous

...Focus Group to provide basis for new ITU standards

By Stanley Iwuoha

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs) on Wednesday launched a new Focus Group to support the emergence of ICT networks able to control their behaviour autonomously in the interests of efficiency.

The ITU Focus Group on ‘autonomous networks’ will lead an exploratory ‘pre-standardization’ study to determine how ITU standards will support the realization of autonomous networks and their evolution in years to come.

For the focus group, ITU said participation is open to all interested parties.

ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, said “ITU standards incorporate the latest advances in technology whilst taking account of the associated implications for business dynamics to allow industry players to advance together.”

“Innovation towards autonomous networks calls for an evolution that is viable both technically and economically and ITU standards have a long history of enabling such an evolution, ” Zhao added.

Networks are growing in sophistication to enable highly interactive new communication experiences and innovations in fields such as digital health and intelligent transport systems.

IMT-2020/5G and future networks will be versatile all-round players able to meet the requirements of a very diverse set of ICT applications.


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