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ITU announces first global set of standards for IPTV

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced the first set of global standards for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV). ITU has built these standards with technical contributions from leading service providers and manufacturers from the ICT sector.

The Focus Group on IPTV (FG IPTV) in ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation sector (ITU-T) has developed a new set of standards. ITU's next phase of IPTV standard will focus on the speedy preparation of standards based on documents produced by FG-IPTV as well as on the detailed protocols. The new set of standards contains all the high-level architecture and frameworks needed by service providers in order to roll out IPTV services. ITU's next phase of IPTV work, IPTV-GSI (global standards initiative) will be benefited from collaboration with all ITU-T Study Groups and other forums and regional standards bodies, including ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), DSL Forum, the DVB project, ETSI TISPAN and the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI).

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