Since my last posting welcoming the Chinese New Year in January, I have been fairly busy and yes standards has been definitely top of mind. So in January 2008, the ITU-T SG 13 was hosted in Seoul, South Korea.The crux of the meeting was around TMPLS OAM Requirements, draft G.8113 and TMPLS OAM Mechanisms, draft G.8114 in Question 5 of SG 13. IETF-IAB sent key leadership members to participate in the meeting as representatives of the Internet Society or ISOC. The IETF-IAB had expressed grave concerns around TMPLS, re-use of label 14 and interoperability overall with existing MPLS networks. The IETF-IAB had participated in an interim meeting held in, September 2007 jointly with ITU-T SG-15 leadership, where an agreement to collaborate in the form of a Joint Working Team, JWT-Ad Hoc team had been reached.Study Group 13 approved to terminate the AAP (Alternative Approval Process) for two T-MPLS OAM draft Recommendations, G.8113 T-MPLS OAM Requirements and G.8114 T-MPLS OAM Mechanisms, which were consented in April 2007. At the subsequent SG-15 meeting in February 2008, there had been discussions around framing the JWT work in five work areas:1. Forwarding Plane2. OAM3. Control Plane4. Survivability5. Network ManagementThe JWT-Ad Hoc team will be jointly lead by Malcolm Betts, ITU-T SG 15 Q.12 Rapporteur and David Ward, IETF.So the work is just beginning-.Changing the topic, I will be participating in the Global Industry Leaders Forum on March 10 in Thailand, in a session on Universal Access to be chaired by CAT CEO, Mr Ph. Jorphochaudom.This venue, will be followed by the Global Session of Regulators.Cisco Sr. Director of Government Affairs will be participating in a panel discussion on March 11.Stay tuned for disruptive technologies and business models in my next blog!