Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have re-elected Chaesub Lee of the Republic of Korea as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) during the Union’s 20th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dr Lee will begin his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019.
Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.
He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country’s Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years.
Prior to joining ITU, Lee worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the country’s Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).
Within ITU, Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture and mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU IPTV Focus Group, which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards.
The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference election process also includes the posts of Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, and Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.
These elections will be followed by elections for the Radio Regulations Board and ITU Council, the governing body that oversees the running of ITU between quadrennial Plenipotentiary Conferences.
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