The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is participating in the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly 2020 (WTSA-20), organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, until Wednesday.
WTSA, a major event for the ITU, is held every four years and sets the overall direction and structure for the Telecommunication Standardisation Sector (ITU-T). One of the ITU’s key sectors, ITU-T's main products are Recommendations – standards, defining how telecommunication networks operate and interwork. Additionally, WTSA defines the general policy for the Sector, establishes related study groups, approves their expected work program for the next four-year period, and appoints their chairmen and vice-chairmen.
The CRA participates in WTSA-20 in line with its keenness to participate in standards development, exchange views, and stay informed of the general policy for the ITU-T Sector and the latest standard recommendations related to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field.
The CRA is keen to develop regulations that are in line with the best international standards in the field, to ensure supporting technological innovation, accelerating sustainable digital transformation in Qatar, and that consumers in Qatar have the best experience with telecom services.
WTSA-20 also included an event organised Wednesday by the ITU Women in Standardisation Expert Group (WISE), coinciding with the International Women's Day that is celebrated annually on March 8, to recognise valuable contributions made by individuals, organisations and administrations to ITU-T’s standard works in terms of impact, continuity, and leadership. The event was followed by a panel discussion on why gender matters in setting standards.
The CRA also participated in the Global Standards Symposium (GSS), which preceded WTSA-20 and was organised by the ITU in Geneva on February 28, 2022, under the theme: “International standards to enable the digital transformation and achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs)”, where it included several sessions discussing related issues. The GSS provides a high-level forum for discussion and coordination open to ITU members and non-members.
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