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1 International Telecommunication Union Accra, Ghana, June 2009 Conformance and Interoperability Testing: (WTSA-08) Resolution 76 Joshua Peprah Director, Regulatory Administration, National Communications Authority ITU FORUM ON IMPLEMENTATION OF DECISIONS OF WTSA-08 (Accra, Ghana, June 2009)

2 International Telecommunication Union Accra, Ghana, June Recent years have seen ever increasing demand of customers for sophisticated communications equipment, systems and services. While acknowledging the proliferation of communications/ICT systems as signs of growing competition as well as reduction in prices of terminal equipment Same cant be said for the sub-standard equipment that are dumped onto our markets. Background

3 International Telecommunication Union Background Contd. Electronic communication equipment should meet minimum technical standards. The purpose is to ensure electrical and electromagnetic compatibility, prevention of interference and public network connectivity and ensure interworking. Compliance to these technical standards require laboratory conformity testing. Accra, Ghana, June

4 International Telecommunication Union WTSA-08 and Resolution 76 The African Group submitted contribution AFCP No. 4 (ITU Type Approval of Telecommunication Equipment) towards the realization of the setting up of at least a regional Type Approval Testing Facilities. Accra, Ghana, June

5 International Telecommunication Union WTSA-08 and Resolution 76 Contd. Ghana also submitted contribution meant to support the proposed ITU mark program. where equipment could be tested and certified to be conformed to ITU standards and subsequently be issued with ITU mark. Accra, Ghana, June

6 International Telecommunication Union WTSA-08 and Resolution 76 Contd. At the WTSA-08 several proposals and comments resulted in the passing and adoption of Resolution 76 studies related to conformance and interoperability testing, assistance to developing countries and a possible future ITU Mark Program The assembly instructed the Director of TSB to: Accra, Ghana, June

7 International Telecommunication Union Instruct 1 To cooperate with the Radio- communication Bureau and the Telecommunication Development Bureau, to conduct exploratory activities in each region in order to identify and prioritize the problems faced by developing countries related to achieving interoperability of ICT equipment and services Accra, Ghana, June

8 International Telecommunication Union African views on Instruct 1 Problems with increased poor quality equipment in our markets Lack of testing centers, facilities and trained professionals Lack of national or regional laws and regulations Accra, Ghana, June

9 International Telecommunication Union African views Contd. Problems with the Selection of interoperable equipment supplied by different telecom manufacturers. Lack of understanding of recommendations and of test results Accra, Ghana, June

10 International Telecommunication Union Instruct 2" based on results of Instruct 1 above, the Director TSB is to study the following items: t he overall effect on ITU and manufacturers legal and national and international regulatory implications cost of set-up of facility location of testing facility measures to be taken to build the necessary human-resource capacities; Accra, Ghana, June

11 International Telecommunication Union Overall effect on ITU and Manufacturers ITU: providing technical support for Recommendation developers, implementers of Recommendations and testers; Defining in the current and future ITU Recs., additional conformance and interoperability test specifications, including test methods and developing additional Recommendations to support testing. Accra, Ghana, June

12 International Telecommunication Union Overall effect on ITU and Manufacturers Contd. improving the quality of Recommendations Making ITU more visible globally Serving as an additional source of income to ITU in fulfillment of Res. 158 Antalya. Accra, Ghana, June

13 International Telecommunication Union Overall effect on ITU and Manufacturers Contd. Manufacturers: Cost of testing and certification could increase prices of equipment Time of introduction of equipment to markets Accra, Ghana, June

14 International Telecommunication Union Legal and national and international regulatory implications the WTO technical barriers to trade agreement which countries are signatories to are obliged to limit the use of standards in order to avoid the creation of unnecessary barriers to trade APEC, FCC etc… employs Mutual recognition Agreement meant to facilitate trade in telecoms equipment. Accra, Ghana, June

15 International Telecommunication Union Legal, national and international regulatory implications Contd. European Union as a regional body has a similar regulatory regime in place meant to protect its citizens. ITU as a global body may be encouraged to do same. Accra, Ghana, June

16 International Telecommunication Union Cost of setting up facility TSB is invited to study this. Accra, Ghana, June

17 International Telecommunication Union Location of testing facility ITU could continue to assist countries in the setting up of their own test laboratories which could check conformance and interoperability issues ATU could also corroborate with ITU in finding an appropriate location for setting up of an African Regional Test Center. Accra, Ghana, June

18 International Telecommunication Union Measures to build the necessary human-resource capacities Organization of consumer awareness and training of engineers on standardization making processes. Introduction of standardization making processes as a subject in our higher institutions in accordance with res 71 The regional organizations like ATU could initiate regional flagship group Accra, Ghana, June

19 International Telecommunication Union Measures to build the necessary human-resource capacities Contd. Possible use of the Bridging the Standardization Gap Fund. The income received could be used on a range of topics related to Bridging the Standardization Gap, including work on conformity and interoperability testing. Accra, Ghana, June

20 International Telecommunication Union Conclusions Resolution 76 is a way to addressing conformance and interoperability problems developing countries particularly Africans are faced with. The Resolution is a way that ITU could use to provide technical assistance to regulators and regional standard bodies in the setting up of telecommunication equipment type centers, facilities and laboratories. Accra, Ghana, June

21 International Telecommunication Union Conclusions Contd. Member states are therefore invited to provide inputs to the report that would be submitted to council 09 Accra, Ghana, June

22 International Telecommunication Union THANK YOU! MERCI! Accra, Ghana, June


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