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NTRA Hosts Meeting of ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for Arab Region (SG20RG-ARB)
8/9/2017
National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is hosting the meeting of ITU-T SG20 Regional Group for Arab Region (SG20RG-ARB) on 9 and 10 August 2017 at the NTRA headquarters in Smart Village, Giza. Study Group 20 is working to address the standardization requirements of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and its applications including Cities and Smart Communities 
The meeting will be attended by 30 key figures from all Arab countries as well as the participation of many SMEs and some foreign experts.

The Egyptian administration is keen to participate in the events and activities of the ITU and enjoys a prominent position therein the ITU, which was revealed during the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-16) held in November 2016 in Tunisia, as Egypt was chosen by many countries to be of Vice Chairman for many ITU-T Study Groups, including Study Group 20.
Study Group 20 is working to address the standardization requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications, cities and smart communities. It has been developing international standards o enable the coordinated development of IoT technologies, including machine-to-machine communications and ubiquitous sensor networks. A central part of this study is the standardization of end-to-end architectures for IoT. The meeting will discuss many issues and topics related to IoT technology, review the top priorities that should be taken into consideration by the Arab Group concerning IoT, smart cities and communities, in addition to the Arab proposals to be discussed in this meeting.

A regional meeting of Study Group 5 will be held on the sideline of this esteemed meeting. It is worth mentioning that SG 5 is ITU-T Study Group 5 (SG5) is responsible for studies on methodologies for evaluating ICT effects on climate change and publishing guidelines for using ICTs in an eco-friendly way. Under its environmental mandate SG5 is also responsible for studying design methodologies to reduce ICTs and e-waste's adverse environmental effects, for example, through recycling of ICT facilities and equipment.