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[ NNSquad ] [IP] ITU has even larger ambitions....


Translation into Plain English: The UN/ITU wants to specify and certify 
"information and communications" hardware and other standards globally.

Oh goody.  What else can go wrong?

--Lauren--


----- Forwarded message from Dave Farber <dave@farber.net> -----

Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:04:20 -0400
From: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: [IP] ITU has even larger ambitions....
Reply-To: dave@farber.net
To: ip <ip@listbox.com>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Richard Shockey" <richard@shockey.us>
Date: Jun 22, 2012 5:53 PM
Subject: ITU has even larger ambitions....
To: <dave@farber.net>

My guess the vendor community is going to go ballistic Ö****

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From
http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/newslog/ITU+Signs+Memorandum+Of+Understanding+With+IAF+And+ILAC.aspx
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*ITU signs Memorandum of Understanding with IAF and
ILAC*<http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/newslog/ITU+Signs+Memorandum+Of+Understanding+With+IAF+And+ILAC.aspx>
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ITU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International
Accreditation Forum (IAF) <http://www.iaf.nu/> and the International
Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) <http://www.ilac.org/>. The MoU
strengthens the three organizationsí commitment to cooperation and
collaboration, and will lend further impetus to the development of
ITU-T's Conformity
and Interoperability (C&I) programme <http://www.itu.int/net/ITU-T/C-I/>.***
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ITU international standards (Recommendations) seek above all to enable the
interoperability of ICT products and services, allowing people access to
the Information Society regardless of their location or chosen ICT device.
Conformance with ITUís international standards increases the probability
that an ICT vendorís products will interoperate with those of other
vendors.  ****

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ITUís C&I program is taking measures to increase the conformance and
interoperability of ICT goods. A key part of this initiative lies in the
adoption of test suites applicable to ITU international standards, and in
the implementation of accredited conformity assessment activities including
the establishment of a global network of regional conformance testing
centres Ė tasked with evaluating productsí degree of compliance with ITUís
international standards, and thereby assessing the associated likelihood of
interoperability. ****

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Accreditation bodies independently evaluate the compliance of conformity
assessment bodies against recognized international standards, verifying
their competence and impartiality. Overlaying this assessment role is the
peer evaluation of accreditation bodies that in turn provides the
foundation for the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) and the IAF
Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLAs) signed between accreditation
bodies around the world. Such agreements encourage consumer confidence in
tested products, increase market opportunities, encourage trade and
technology transfer, and contribute to the removal of technical barriers to
trade. ****

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IAF establishes and manages the MLAs signed by its global membership of
peer-evaluated accreditation bodies, in the fields of management systems,
products, services, personnel and other similar programmes. ILAC performs a
similar function for its global membership of peer-evaluated accreditation
bodies in the fields of laboratory (including testing and calibration
activities) and inspection accreditation. The two cooperative forums work
together in harmonizing accreditation of conformity assessment programmes
worldwide. ****

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A conformance certificate from a Certification Body accredited by a
signatory to an IAF MLA offers a company a single certification, accepted
globally. Similarly, a test or inspection report issued by a laboratory or
inspection body accredited by a signatory to an ILAC MRA, supports consumer
confidence in the results and provides the opportunity for widespread
acceptance.****

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The signing of the MoU will extend the reach of all three organizations;
aiding the ITUís C&I programme by ensuring that ITU standards translate
into international ICT interoperability. ****

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d****

Richard Shockey
Shockey Consulting
Chairman of the Board of Directors SIP Forum
PSTN Mobile: +1 703.593.2683
<mailto:richard(at)shockey.us <richard(at)shockey.us>>
skype-linkedin-facebook: rshockey101
http//www.sipforum.org****

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----- End forwarded message -----

--Lauren--
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