Global IT standards must be streamlined and modernised to ensure the unhindered growth of networks across the globe, according to top chief technology officers (CTOs) and members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The resolution was made at a meeting in Paris of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Sector (ITU-T) and CTOs from technology companies including RIM, Microsoft and Cisco.
Delegates called on the ITU-T to promote collaboration between standards bodies across the world to create a common agenda for the development of future networks, and to produce specification releases for fixed networks.
The CTOs argued that this is more important than ever as different market sectors and types of technology begin to converge on networks, increasing the need for multi-dimensional ecosystems that can work together.
Malcolm Johnson, director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau, welcomed the input of the CTOs, arguing that it is vital to help the ITU focus on the key areas that will foster growth in IT.
"The full benefits of the information society cannot be realised without interoperability of applications, devices and services based on global standards," he said.
"The advice of the CTOs is very important if the ITU is to continue to meet this objective."
The meeting also called for further contributions to the ITU-T Voluntary Fund that provides financial assistance to help developing countries obtain the necessary capabilities to work in global standardisation development.
Other chief technology officers at the event came from China Unicom, Alcatel-Lucent, Orange FT Group, Telecom India, Verizon, ZTE, Fujitsu and Ericsson.
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