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PP Resolution 199

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PP RESOLUTION 199 (Busan, 2014)

To promote efforts for capacity building on software-defined networking in developing countries

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union ( Busan, 2014),

  • bearing in mind
    • a) Resolution 77 (Dubai, 2012) of World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA), on standardization work in the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) for software-defined networking (SDN);
    • b) Resolution 123 (Rev. Busan, 2014) of this conference, on bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries;
    • c) Resolution 135 (Rev. Busan, 2014) of this conference, on ITU’s role in the development of telecommunications/information and communication technologies (ICTs), in providing technical assistance and advice to developing countries, and in implementing relevant national, regional and interregional projects;
    • d) Resolution 137 (Rev. Busan, 2014) of this conference, on next-generation network deployment in developing countries;
    • e) Resolution 139 (Rev. Busan, 2014) of this conference, on telecommunications/ICTs to bridge the digital divide and build an inclusive information society,
  • recalling
    • a) Resolution 44 (Rev. Dubai, 2012) of WTSA, on bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries;
    • b) Resolution 59 (Rev. Dubai, 2012) of WTSA, on enhancing participation of telecommunication operators from developing countries;
    • c) Resolution 73 (Rev. Dubai, 2012) of WTSA, on ICTs, environment and climate change;
    • d) the Joint Coordination Activity on SDN under the ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (JCA-SDN) established in June 2013 to coordinate the work carried out by ITU-T Study Groups 11 and 13 and other expert groups involved,
  • considering
    • a) that SDN technology may provide operators with several advantages, including increased flexibility and agility along with simplified operations;
    • b) that SDN may allow optimization, customization and improvement of resource utilization, and may thereby reduce operational and capital costs,
  • considering further
    • a) that SDN may usher in new services at reduced operational and capital expenditure;
    • b) that developing countries may require migration plans from existing networks to SDN-based networks, so as to reap the benefits of SDN without much delay in relation to deployments in developed countries;
    • c) that capacity building for SDN in developing countries will also need to be planned from the outset in order to create awareness of the benefits of SDN;
    • d) that the involvement and participation of developing countries in formulating the standardization of SDN will help bridge the standardization gap,
  • instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • 1 to conduct workshops, with other relevant organizations, for capacity building on SDN, so that the gap in technology adoption in developing countries may be bridged at the early stages of implementation of SDN-based networks;
    • 2 to collect and disseminate best practices for integrating, and migrating from legacy networks to SDN-based networks in developing countries;
    • 3 to coordinate with the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) in regard to the actions referred to in instructs 1 and 2.

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