ITU Launches Research Group for Communications Beyond 2030
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 | Comments

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), launched a new research initiative to identify emerging and future ICT sector network demands, beyond 2030 and the advances expected of IMT-2020 (5G) systems.

This work will be carried out by the newly established ITU Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030, which is open to all interested parties. The ITU focus group aims to guide the global ICT community in developing a Network 2030 vision for future ICTs. This will include new concepts, architecture, protocols and solutions that are fully backward compatible to support both existing and new applications.

"The work of the ITU Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030 will provide network system experts around the globe with a very valuable international reference point from which to guide the innovation required to support ICT use cases through 2030 and beyond," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

These ICT use cases will span new media such as holograms, a new generation of augmented and virtual reality applications, and high-precision communications for tactile and haptic applications in need of processing a high volume of data in near real time — extremely high throughput and low latency.

The group is co-chaired by Verizon's Mehmet Toy, Rostelecom's Alexey Borodin, China Telecom's Yuan Zhang and Yutaka Miyake from KDDI Research, and is coordinated through ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector, which works with ITU's 193 member states and more than 800 industry and academic members to establish international standards for emerging ICT innovations.

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