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Collaboration between ISOC/IETF and ITU-T (RFC2436) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003014D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 14 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Brett: AUTHOR [+2]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2436: DOI


This document describes the collaboration process between the ITU-T and ISOC/IETF. This memo provides information for the Internet community.

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Network Working Group R. Brett Request for Comments: 2436 Nortel Networks Category: Informational S. Bradner Harvard University G. Parsons Nortel Networks October 1998

Collaboration between ISOC/IETF and ITU-T

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.


This document describes the collaboration process between the ITU-T and ISOC/IETF. The process was documented by ITU-T at its TSAG (Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group) meeting in September 1998. All participants of this meeting (including Study Group chairmen and the ISOC Vice President for Standards) assisted in the creation of this document. Subsequently, it was sent to all ITU-T Study Groups and ISOC/IETF to ensure that everyone was aware of the process. Feedback is requested by the next meeting of TSAG in April 1999. This document is identical to the document produced by TSAG.

Please send any comments on this document to ISOC at and for information to the ITU-T TSAG group at

ISOC/IETF and ITU-T Collaboration

1 Scope

This Liaison is sent to all ITU-T Study Groups to encourage and aid in the understanding of collaboration on standards development between the ITU-T and the Internet Society (ISOC) / Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Feedback to TSAG is encouraged before its next meeting in April 1999.

Brett, et. al. Informational [Page 1]

RFC 2436 ISOC/IETF - ITU-T Collaboration October 1998

2 Introduction

The telecommunication industry is faced with an explosion in growth of the Internet and other IP (Internet Protocol) based networks. Operators, manufacturers and software/application providers alike are reconsidering their business directions and Standards Development Organizations and Forums and Consortia are facing an immense challenge to address this situation. These challenges were considered by TSAG at its meeting in Geneva, 7-11 September 1998, where it recognized that although the ITU-T and ISOC/IETF are already collaborating in a number of areas, this collaboration must be strengthened within the context of changes in work emphasis and direction within the ITU-T on studies related to IP based networks.

For example, many Study Groups (e.g., 7, 8 & 16) already address several the aspects of IP based networks. Further, new IP related work activities are starting in other Study Groups (e.g., 4, 11 & 13). There are many potential areas of interest to ITU-T Study Groups in the IP area that should be investigated (e.g., signaling, routing, security, numbering & addressing, integrated management, performance, IP - telecom interworking, access). Since many of these areas are also being investigated by the IETF, there is a requirement for close collaboration.

Recommendations A.4, A.5 and A.6 already document the process for wo...