Thursday, January 26, 2006

ITU Standardizes on PacketCable 1.5 Suite

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved a suite of CableLabs' PacketCable specifications as standards for the international version of services including VoIP.



PacketCable-based standards are known internationally as IPCablecom, and this recently approved suite covers such topics as architecture, network call signaling, call management server (CMS) to CMS signaling, quality of service (QoS), support for multimedia and other functions necessary to provide time-critical interactive services over a cable television network using IP.



The ITU approval stems from work carried out in October by ITU Study Group (SG) 9, which is entitled Integrated Broadband Cable Networks and Television and Sound Transmission group. SG 9 is chaired by CableLabs President and CEO Dr. Richard R. Green. ITU approval came in late November after consultation with its member states and sector members.



Many of the approved recommendations originated in CableLabs. In addition to the suite of 16 PacketCable 1.5 specifications that now are international standards, the ITU also standardized on CableLabs contributions from the DOCSIS and CableHome projects. J.128 references a Set-top Gateway specification for transmission systems for interactive cable television services. J.197 pertains to high-level requirements for a Digital Rights Management Bridge to a Home Network and a revision to J.192, a residential gateway to support the delivery of cable data services, which aligns it with CableHome 1.1.

http://www.cablelabs.org/news/pr/2006/06_pr_itu_pc15_012606.html

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