ITU announces first set of IPTV standards to promote technology adoption

The International Telecommunication Union has announced the first set of global standards for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV).

The International Telecommunication Union has announced the first set of global standards for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV).

The standards were built with technical contributions from leading service providers and manufacturers from the ICT sector.

Malcolm Johnson, director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau, said, "Standards are crucial for IPTV to reach its market potential and global audience. They are necessary in order to give service providers - whether traditional broadcasters, ISPs, cable operators or telecoms service providers - control over their platforms and their offerings."

He said, "Standards will encourage innovation, help mask the complexity of services, guarantee quality of service, ensure interoperability and, ultimately, help players remain competitive."

Contained within the documents produced by the ITU focus group responsible are the architecture and frameworks needed by service providers in order to roll out IPTV services.

The ITU's next phase of IPTV work - IPTV-GSI (global standards initiative) - will centre on the preparation of standards based on documents produced by the focus group, as well as on the detailed protocols required.

The first meeting of IPTV-GSI will convene in Seoul, Korea from 15 to 22 January 2008.

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