Takeaways from 20th Global Standards Collaboration meeting

The 20th Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) meeting, 26-27 April 2016 in Delhi, India, focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, security and privacy, and the role of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). 


Global digital transformation - 5G will be instrumental in driving the ongoing digital transformation, responding to a wide variety of communication needs. GSC members discussed current and anticipated standardisation and research activities in the 5G area. They noted the importance of engaging both regulators and businesses in the development of 5G and reiterated the need for continued collaboration among standards groups, including engagement with developing countries. Managing scarce spectrum resources was highlighted as a particular challenge. Other aspects key to the success of 5G span network architecture, integrated control and management, end-to-end performance, fronthaul/backhaul. 

Involvement of SMBs in standardisation - Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) play a critical role in the growth of the global economy. ,Standards support innovation, competition and growth by all businesses, particularly SMBs. GSC members discussed ways of fostering their involvement in standardisation efforts. Further collaboration and exchange of information on measures to support small businesses, including raising awareness of the benefits of engagement and incentives to bring them on board. 

Integrating security and privacy (trust) early on in the innovation process – this is key in an increasingly digital environment, by design rather than a mere afterthought, which is exactly the mission of 5G-ENSURE. 

A secure-by-design approach requires a wide understanding of the principles to be used, especially in relation to identity and applied to the particular technology areas. Concerted global dialogue and standardisation across verticals and standards groups is an urgent priority, with a view to developing consistent and harmonised standards.
Businesses and consumers will benefit from human-centric innovation and standardisation, where technological and societal considerations work hand in hand. GSC members also noted the need to align and adapt existing standards to increasingly diverse security and privacy requirements arising from the advent of IoT, M2M, cloud, big data and smart environments.

The aim of the GSC is to maintain effective collaboration between standards bodies in the interest of delivering coordinated standards for today’s converged ICT ecosystem.