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    Egypt Chairs ITU SG5 Meeting

    Date published: 10 May 2020
    Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is chairing the virtual meeting of Study Group 5 (SG5): Environment, climate change and circular economy, of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), on May 11-20.
     
    The purpose of the meeting is to progress on the current work and finalize the discussions related to the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-20) preparations.
     
    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.
     
    In addition to its climate-focused activities, the ITU-T Recommendations, Handbooks and other publications produced by SG5, have four main objectives. The first is to protect telecommunication equipment and installations against damage and malfunction due to electromagnetic disturbances, such as those from lightning. In this field, SG5 is one of the world's most experienced and respected standardization bodies.
     
    The second is to ensure safety of personnel and users of networks against current and voltages used in telecommunication networks. The third is to avoid health risks from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produced by telecommunication devices and installations. The fourth is to guarantee a good quality of service (QoS) for high speed data services by providing requirements on characteristics of copper cables and on the coexistence of services delivered by different providers.

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