Egypt Partakes in WTSA-16

Egypt, represented by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), will participate in the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-16), held in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunis, from October 25 to November 3. WTSA-16 is held every four years to define the next period of study for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T).

WTSA aims to refine the strategic direction of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). The Assembly will review ITU-T structure, working methods and mechanisms for collaboration with other standards bodies, SMEs and open-source communities, and the many vertical sectors applying ICTs as enabling technologies.

WTSA-16 is an opportunity to ensure that ITU standardization remains well positioned to support the development of the information society. The decisions of the Assembly aim to assist government, industry and academia in achieving their ambitions for the year 2020 and beyond in fields including IMT-2020 (5G), the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and the ICT sector’s contribution to the pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

WTSA-16 will be preceded by the Global Standards Symposium on October 24, an event to bring together thought leaders in the standardization sphere to discuss how standards efforts could best integrate the consideration of security, privacy and trust.

A series of side events will supplement the discussions of WTSA-16. The CCITT/ITU-T 60th Anniversary Talks will host high-profile speakers to explore the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Financial Services and their implications for industry and society, and supporting standardization and governance frameworks.

“CxO Meeting” will gather industry leaders to explore the new industry dynamics. The meeting will also discuss how to accelerate the deployment of innovative broadband access solutions. This is in addition to the first meeting of the ITU Women in Standardization Expert Group (WISE) that will bring together leading women in the ICT field to debate the best course of action in advocacy aimed at enhancing the participation of women in the ICT sector and supporting technical standardization activity.

Based in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies with 191 member states and more than 700 sector members and associates. ITU role is to enable the global growth and sustained development of ICT. In addition, ITU organizes international telecom events like WSIS and Telecom Africa.

Source: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.