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Friday, November 4, 2011

2nd APT Meeting for World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly

The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) conducted its Second Asia-APT Preparatory meeting for International Telecommunication Union- World Telecommunication Standardization Assessment (ITU-WTSA) 2012 from October 24-29, at Sofitel Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

ITU President Malcolm Johnson said that the universal phone charger standard approval is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of mobile charging, which also has the benefit of making mobile phone use more straightforward.

This one-size-fits-all solution will dramatically cut waste and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. These universal chargers are a common sense solution that he looks forward to seeing in other areas, after its approval in Geneva, in October of 2009.

Every mobile phone user will benefit from the new Universal Charging Solution (UCS), which enable the same charger to be used for all future headsets, regardless of make and model.

This will do away of the trouble of bringing with you the number of chargers you have to carry with the number of mobile phones you have to indulge with, that resemble like spaghetti as they come along in front of you, Johnson said.

The new standard will mean users worldwide will be able to charge their mobiles anywhere from any available chargers, while also reducing the energy consumed while charging.

This is in addition to dramatically cutting the number of chargers produced, shipped, and subsequently discarded as new models become available.

Based on the Micro-USB interface, UCS chargers will also include a 4-star or higher efficiency rating-up to three times more energy-efficient than an unrated charger.

Standardization within the ITU was completed by Study Group 5-Environment and Climate Change and will hasten broad adoption by industry, said Johnson.

Since the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in December 1997, the number of ICT users has tripled worldwide, yet the importance of deploying ICTs to significantly cut the emissions is not recognized in the draft text.

ITUs participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Barcelona in November 2009 stressed the significance of ICTs as a major cross-sectoral tool in reducing GHG emissions.

A more effective use of today’s ICT could help reduce total global emissions by 15 percent by 2020, representing carbon savings five times higher than the estimated emissions for the whole ICT sector in 2020, a recent study shows.

On October 27, 2011, at a parallel session at Leyte/Samar Hall, issues for developing countries were discussed. Some resolutions were presented for modification to enhance adoptability to the needs of the concerned countries.

Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) Assistant Secretary Francisco Perez shared the views of Johnson in the interview and look forward to a more productive outcome of the APT meeting for ITU-WTSA conducted every four years. Ester Z. Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila

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