ITU to Hold its First IPTV Interop Event Later this Month

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is set to hold its first IPTV interop event later this month at its headquarters in Geneva. Testing is scheduled to take place on July 20th and 21st, and vendors will be able to showcase interoperability to potential customers--i.e. broadcasters and content and service providers--on July 22nd and 23rd. According to the global standards body, the interoperability testing will revolve around its ITU-T IPTV standards, including H.701 (error recovery), H.721 (IPTV terminal), H.740 (audience measurement), H.750 (metadata), H.761 (ginga-NCL), H.762 (lightweight interactive multimedia), and H.770 (service discovery). The test bed will provide IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity, the ITU says, and the event will produce a "generic report" that will record general (i.e. not company-specific) outcomes, in order to feed into the ongoing standards development process.

According to the ITU, its IPTV Global Standards Initiative has created standards that will encourage innovation, mask the complexity of services, guarantee QoS, ensure interoperability and help players remain competitive. It says that its ITU-T IPTV Interop events will seek to address issues of conformance and interoperability, taking into account various aspects of technologies, including IPR's, maturity, stability and market adoption. The organization claims that this month's event will be attended by companies from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the US, among other countries. More information is available here.