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Mike Nilsson mike.nilsson at BT-SYS.BT.CO.UK
Mon Dec 14 10:48:14 EST 1998

Attached are two press release that were issued Dec 2nd and Dec 4th by the ITU
in support of the H.323 and H.gcp work.


Mike Buckley
SG 16 Press Officer
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<h2>-ITU: Multimedia over the Internet gets a boost </h2>

<p>Presswire - December 01, 1998 14:55</b></p>

<p>M2 PRESSWIRE-1 December 1998-ITU: Multimedia over the Internet gets a boost (C)1994-98

<p>Geneva - Record breaking progress in the standardization of multimedia communications
over the Internet has been made in recent months by Study Group 16. The work of the ITU in
IP-based standards has been recognized by the Plenipotentiary Conference of the ITU which
took place in Minneapolis last month. The Conference integrated in the Strategic Plan, as
one of the priorities of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector, the production of
recommendations covering IP-related aspects as well as interoperability and convergence of
IP-based networks including the Internet, with existing network infrastructures. </p>

<p>The ITU, a United Nations agency, coordinates global communications standards. Study
Group 16 of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) is responsible for
the development of standards for multimedia systems. </p>

<p>Ten new Recommendations extending the use of the H.323 standard on IP (Internet
Protocol) based networks have been approved in the last few months. The group has also
approved two new Recommendations for audiovisual communications over ATM networks. </p>

<p>The record number of approvals reflects the intensive industry interest and activity in
multimedia communications over packet networks and the important role ITU-T
Recommendations are playing in facilitating growth in these rapidly evolving new markets.
"The large number of new Recommendations demonstrates the success of the ITU in
responding quickly to the needs of what must be one of the fastest growing new
industries" said Mr. F. Tosco, Vice-Chairman of Study Group 16. </p>

<p>The H.323 family of Recommendations have been widely adopted by the industry as the
standards for multimedia communications over the Internet. Recommendations for voice,
video and fax transmission are included in the H.323 family as well as standards for
conferencing, network gateways, voice services and security. The ten new Recommendations
extend the H.323 family to include facsimile transmission and multimedia broadcasting over
the Internet and the provision of Services such as Call Hold, Call Park/Pickup, Call
Waiting and Message Waiting. The new standards also provide for communications between
different administrative domains, efficient call signalling over the Internet, call and
device management and low complexity single application terminals. </p>

<p>The new facsimile transmission standard (Annex D of H.323) provides users with an
opportunity for inexpensive long distance facsimile transmission (calls over the internet
are not charged individually) and, together with other Recommendations in the H.323
family, the new standard creates a framework for the integration of facsimile, voice,
video and data services by internet service providers. The multimedia broadcasting
standard (H.332) is expected to find widespread application for distance learning,
corporate training and talk shows over the internet. </p>

<p>The two new multimedia over ATM standards (H.310v2 and H.247), together with existing
Recommendation (H.321v2), provide a new framework for audiovisual communication in ATM
network environments. The use of ATM networks enables higher quality videophone and
multiparty video conferencing with enhanced picture and audio quality. Recommendation
H.310v2 provide a means of interworking ATM based systems with existing ISDN based
equipment. One important anticipated application of the new recommendations will be the
ability of home workers to participate via ISDN in videotelephony and multiparty
videoconference sessions with their colleagues connected to ATM based corporate intranets.

<p>The new Recommendations for Facsimile transmission and for Broadcasting over the
Internet and the new Multimedia over ATM Recommendations have completed the final stage of
approval. The other eight new Standards (Annex G of H.225.0, Annex E of H.323, Annex F of
H.323, H.341 and H450.4/5/6/7) have passed the first stage of approval and are scheduled
to complete the approval process at the next Study Group 16 meeting in May 1999. </p>

<p>CONTACT: Mr Pierre Andre Probst, Chairman of Study Group 16 Tel: +41 31 342 7993 Fax:
+41 31 342 7520 e-mail: pierre-andre.probst at swisscom.com Mr. F. Tosco, Chairman of WP 2/16
Tel: +39 11 228 5321 Fax: +39 11 228 5295 e-mail: federico.tosco at cselt.it Mr Fabio Bigi,
Senior Counsellor, TSB Tel: +41 22 730 5860 Fax: +41 22 730 5853 e-mail:
fabio.bigi at itu.int </p>



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