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Working group to develop next generation comms protocols

According to ETSI, improvements to local access networks will not deliver their full potential unless similar improvements are made to the underlying protocol stacks. Looking to address the problem, it has established an Industry Specification Group to work on Next Generation Protocols (NGP ISG). The group will focus on creating communications and networking protocols that will provide scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment.

Andy Sutton, pictured, chair of NGP ISG, said: “The TCP/IP protocol suite has undoubtedly enabled the evolution of connected computing and many other developments since its invention during the 1970s. NGP ISG aims to gather opinions on how we can build on this momentum by evolving communication systems architectures and networking protocols to provide the scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment required for the connected society of the 21st Century.”

NGP ISG will provide a forum for interested parties to contribute by sharing research and results from trials and developments in such a way that a wider audience can be informed. An action plan to engage other standards bodies will be developed so that parallel and concerted standardisation action can take place as a further step in the most appropriate standards groups.

David Bell, director of standards policy at BSI, added: “Bringing together interested parties to solve current and future technical challenges such as this one, is why standards developing organisations exist. So BSI is pleased to work with ETSI and was proud to host the kick-off meeting for a project which could have such a profound effect on the way networks run in the future.”

Graham Pitcher

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