26 September 2021
Egypt Partakes in ITU SG5RG-AFR, SG5RG-ARB

Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is participating in the meetings of Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa (SG5RG-AFR), and SG5 Regional Group for the Arab Region (SG5RG-ARB). The meetings are organized by the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) online, on September 28 and 29, respectively, as part of the Sustainable Digital Transformation Dialogues taking place on September 28-30.
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.
The ITU was established in 1865. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), responsible for all matters related to ICTs, and is one of the oldest international organizations in operation.
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