ITU-T-International Telecommunications Union -Telecommunication Standardization Sector
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International Telecommunications Union -Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)

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ITU’s role as creator of the world’s most universally-recognized infocommunications standards dates back as far as the organization itself. Since its inception in 1865, the Union has been brokering industry consensus on the technologies and services that form the backbone of the world’s largest, most interconnected man-made system. In 2007 alone, ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) produced over 160 new and revised standards (ITU-T Recommendations), covering everything from core network functionality and broadband to next-generation services like IPTV.

ITU-T Recommendations are defining elements in information and communication technologies (ICTs) infrastructure. Whether we exchange voice, data or video messages, communications cannot take place without standards linking the sender and the receiver. Today’s work extends well beyond the traditional areas of telephony to encompass a far wider range of information and communications technologies.