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                                                            GSC 9 Communique  


GLOBAL STANDARDIZATION GROUPS COLLABORATE TO IMPROVEs TELECOMMUNICATIONS STANDARDIZATION

“Standards Collaboration for a Better Future”

Seoul, Korea, May 13, 2004 -- Senior representatives of the world’s leading radio and information and communications technology standards organizations met from May 9 to May 13, 2004, in Seoul, Korea, in a continuing show of support for the world-wide communications standards development processes and a renewed commitment towards improving collaboration among their respective organizations. The Ninth Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-9), that included the Global Telecommunications Standards Collaboration (GTSC-2) and Global Radio Standards Collaboration (GRSC-2) meetings, was hosted by the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea (TTA).

“Recognized standards bodies from around the world have a responsibility to work together in developing standards that meet the demanding requirements of end users” said Dr. Ki Shik Park, GSC-9 Chairman and Vice Chairman of TTA. “GSC meetings provide a unique occasion for standards bodies to share information on those subjects which merit the greatest attention so that concerted and collaborative effort can be placed on preparing appropriate standards.”

The Participating Standards Organizations (PSOs) shared information about their work programmes and, in particular, those subjects which had previously been agreed to be of high importance during GSC-8. In particular, there was an increased understanding and agreement on the key elements of Next Generation Networks (NGN), of the importance for effective standards for Cyber Security and of the importance of effective consumer consultation and protection in standards setting.

Also in support of World Health Day 2004 which highlighted the terrible death and injury rate from vehicle accidents world wide, GSC-9 noted how medium range communications between vehicles can help avoid accidents and how automatic crash notification messages can speed the response of help when a vehicle accident does occur. Furthermore, the meeting also recognized the importance of wireless access solutions for broadband delivery in rural and remote areas.

The PSOs also shared information about Intellectual Property Rights, Electronic Working Methods, and matters specific to end Users.

Subjects given particular priority in the meetings were: · Beyond 3rd generation mobile networks (IMT-2000);
· Emergency communications, public protection and disaster relief;
· Security and lawful/legal Interception;
· Next Generation Networks (NGN);
· Fixed and Wireless Broadband Access Networks;
· Internet Protocol over Wireless;
· Identification and location services;
· Wireless Access Systems, including Radio Local Area Network and Ad Hoc networking
· Intelligent Transportation Systems;
· Radio Microphones;
· Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs);
· Software Defined Radio and Cognitive Radio
· Methods of Measurement and Measurement Uncertainties;
· Quality of Service;
· Network Management; and
· Cyber Security.

The GSC-9 meeting produced several resolutions including those dealing with: · Next Generation Networks
· Cyber Security
· Wireless Access Systems, including Radio Local Area Network and Ad Hoc networking;
· Support of Automotive Crash Notification (ACN) by Public Wireless Communications Networks;
· Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs)
· Broadband Services in Rural and Remote Areas;
· Measurement Uncertainties and Methodologies from 1GHz to 40 GHz;
· Global Standards for Radio Microphones;
· Emergency Communications including Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR);
· Mapping Standards for “Systems Beyond IMT 2000”;
· A Guide To Consumer Involvement in Standards Making;
· Medium Range (up to 300 meters) Communications for Vehicle Safety;

Discussion took place on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), where the PSOs confirmed their commitment to effective patent policies that (a) are transparent, (b) widely accepted, (c) encourage broad-based participation and (d) encourage the contribution of valuable technical solutions by respecting IPR, including the right of the IPR holders to receive RAND/FRAND compensation for the shared use of their technology. Moreover, they confirmed their belief that IPR licenses should be available to all those seeking to implement the standard on RAND/FRAND terms and deplored those cases where licenses were only available to closed groups.

The GSC-9 meeting encouraged PSOs to implement a framework for user involvement in the standards setting process and to adopt a mutually agreed Guide for this process as the basis for this. The Guide is based on the UN Charter of Consumer Rights and encapsulates the principles of effective consumer consultation and protection. The GSC-9 also made a commitment to encourage hosts of future meetings to hold consumer workshops in conjunction with GSC meetings.

A Task Force working within GSC has produced draft specifications for Radio Microphones. The interested PSOs may now take the necessary action to transpose these draft specifications into formal standards. This method of working is a good example of how global standards can be produced in an informal, yet very efficient way.

In like manner, GSC-9 created two new Task Forces which will prepare draft specifications for Measurement Uncertainties and Methodologies (from 1GHz to 40 GHz), and for Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs).


Background Information:

The Global Standards Collaboration is the latest in a series of such events that commenced in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1990. Their goal is to promote informal linkage among senior officials from national, regional and international standards bodies in support of the work of the International Telecommunication Union. The next GSC meeting in this series has been scheduled for 28 August - 1 September 2005 in the Sophia Antipolis, France, and will be hosted by ETSI.

The GSC-9 meeting provided a framework for exchanging information, establishing objectives to accelerate the process of global telecommunication and radio standards development and promoting interconnectivity and interoperability. Approximately 100 representatives from the PSOs attended GSC-9.

Participants included the Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF), Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) of Japan, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from the US, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC) of Japan, the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of Korea, and the Telecommunications Standards Advisory Council of Canada (TSACC). Guests included representatives from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT), and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).