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Africa refines QoS measurement

Regional guidelines are being drafted on the measurement of quality for internet and telecoms services in Africa.

ITU reports that recent ITU meetings in Benin addressed the challenges facing African countries in the measurement of Quality of Service (QoS)/Quality of Experience (QoE) parameters for voice, 3G and Internet mobile networks.

At the meetings, the Africa Regional Group within ITU-T Study Group 12 on Performance, QoS and QoE advanced draft guidelines for a QoS regulatory framework for ICT services. The ITU says the regional group is now directing its attention to ‘QoE web browsing’ and the ‘Roadmap for Interconnection of Packet-based Networks’.

The meetings also addressed environmental concerns associated with ICT development, such as the growing e-waste challenge, the measurement of human exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (RF EMF), and the need to develop a sustainable means of extending telecoms network coverage to the rural areas of developing countries.

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