Message from the CEO & S.V.P


Yoichi MAEDA
The Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC)

 On the 166th meeting of the Board of Directors which was held on June 23rd, 2014, Prof. Mitsutoshi Hatori was re-appointed as Chairman, and me, as Chief Executive Director. Strengthening the cooperation with Chairman and TTC members, I’d like to do my best on my third term as CEO.

 As the Articles of Association says, TTC is an incorporated association that contributes to standardization activities in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) by developing and disseminating standards for information and communications networks. I would like TTC to be the base of standardization activities in Japan, for the purpose of enhancing and spreading ICT standards acceptable to both inside and outside Japan.

 It has been 30 years since the TTS established. As the situation has been changing, TTC’s role and member’s expectation toward the TTC has been changed as well. To attract the TTC member’s interests as well as expand the TTC membership, I believe that clarifying TTC’ roles and re-focusing the area of TTC activities would be desirable. I would like to re-confirm the TTC’s role and its significance on appropriate time based on original and essential meaning of what TTC should be. Some changes might be required to the TTC.

 One of the substantial changes is that the standardization trends are spreading toward the application layer which may cause difficulty to be handled by only ICT area. The relevance are beyond the area of ITU, ISO, IEC coverage and this will require restructuring working frame and coordination effort on both global and domestic side. TTC would need to clarify the role and activities for this trend. As TTC has been playing a role of creating domestic standards for interconnectivity of multi-carrier network and upstream activities to de-jour standard such as ITU-T, a significance of TTC’s role and position would be recognized.

 Looking at inside Japan, Japan’s telecommunication industries have a difficulty in global telecommunication market. So TTC may seek a possibility of a new role for members to consider the standardization as a global marketing strategy. In this sense, TTC may provide a place for members to exchange their opinions about use cases and requirements to networks, then cooperate each other in early stage of standardization process in more strategic way.

 As for global business, de-jour standards have a significant position for the developing countries where most standards are based on the de-jour standards. TTC, as Japanese SDO recognized by ITU-T, could contribute telecommunication industries in the developing countries, especially in Asia. TTC have made every effort to contribute to the Bridging Standardization Gap in the APT(Asia-Pacific Telecommunity) through BSG WG’s activities with South-East Asia region(The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) and CJK(China, Japan and Korea). TTC would continue these BSG activities.

 Although environmental changes in Telecommunication field and expectation are growing, a nationwide local standards such as security, ecosystems and accessibility are still important. Even though lots of changes are being made, the fundamental portion of telecommunications would be never changed, with respect to interconnectivity, network operation, quality and security, where TTC could play a major role.

 After I was appointed as Chief Executive Director in October 2010, TTC was reorganized as “general incorporated association” in April 2011, which brought drastic changes on management in TTC.

 Regarding standardization activity, at the TTC reorganization, Inter-Industry Innovation Center (I3C) was set up to investigate study issues crossing new inter-industry businesses and to discuss strategies to solve them. TTC also made Working Group and Advisory Groups restructuring to make an efficient upstream activities to ITU-T. TTC are looking forward to play major role of standardization of IoT/M2M, Smart Grid, ITS, e-health, Big Data, Cloud computing, SDN, Disaster relief and network resilience, New generation network including the future mobile network.

 Since reappointed, I have been thinking again how TTC should be in order to help Japan stay highly competitive in the global business circumstances and to contribute to bridging the standardization gap.   I will try and do my best in whatever way I could.  Thank you in advance for your continuing support.