1. This document defines the purpose and structure of the “Global Signalling and Inter-working Forum” (abbreviated GSIF) currently being held for all regions.
2. The purpose of the document is to provide a set of guidelines for the organization hosting a GSIF meeting, as well as giving an overview of the meeting to any organization planning to attend.
Purpose of the meeting
1. The primary focus of the meeting is to provide a forum where representatives of international telecommunications carriers meet to plan for the introduction, development and implementation of services and capabilities on networks supported by signalling protocols.
2. As appropriate, discussion on signalling engineering and capacity issues may also be part of discussion. This includes all services supported by the international signalling network, including all forms of connectionless services.
3. Discussions may also include support for evolved signalling systems over IP for current and future fixed and mobile network technologies.
1. Recognizing that planning is more effectively carried out by representatives converging in one location, and due to the rapid change of technology, meetings are held annually or bi-annually.
2. Globalization and evolution of signalling networks may warrant the introduction of Technical Working Groups (TWG) considering technical developments in terms of signalling protocols and networks designs. Technical Working Groups creation is submitted to approval of the delegates during the GSIF plenary assembly for a renewable period of one year.
3. The normal process is that a carrier will volunteer to host the GSIF meeting. The location is at the discretion of the host carrier, however logistic constraints should be taken into consideration in selecting a venue.
4. In order to fulfil the purpose of the meeting the format will normally be in two parts, plenary sessions and periods where participants may meet for bilateral discussions on issues of mutual concern.
5. Bilateral and/or plenary sessions may be held starting 09:00 and closing 17:30 with the exception of the last day
6. Presentation times should be limited to units of 30 minutes and should total a maximum of 9 presentations.
7. Plenary sessions relating to steering committee issues should be limited to 4½ hours for the entire week.
8. A Steering Committee consisting of previous, the current and the future hosts and the Web Site Administrator and chair person of the Technical Working Groups and a secretary should support and advise current and future meeting hosts.
Funding of the Meeting
1. Delegates to the meeting are responsible for the costs of travel to the meeting venue and for their accommodation and meal costs at the meeting, with the exception of sponsored events.
2. The host carrier will fund the provision of suitable accommodation for the plenary and bilateral parts of the meeting. It is recognized that as many such venues are associated with hotels where delegates will be accommodated host carriers may be able to obtain favorable terms for meeting rooms.
3. The host carrier will meet the costs associated with assembling and distributing meeting documentation, including the distribution of any documentation after the meeting.
4. The host carrier will provide facilities for printing and photocopying during the period of the meeting.
5. The organization and funding of social functions at the beginning and end of the meeting. Typically this has consisted of a cocktail reception on the opening day and a dinner on the evening prior to the meeting close.
6. The provision of complimentary breakfast and/or luncheon for meeting delegates. In view of the large number of delegates the provision of fixed lunch arrangements greatly assists the logistics of the meeting, and is recommended to hosts. If a lunch is not provided hosts should ensure that the venue has facilities whereby delegates may obtain a light lunch without undue delay.
7. The provision of complimentary telephone facilities. Recognizing that this is an open ended commitment hosts may not wish to provide such facilities, if this is the case hosts should ensure that delegates have ready access to telephone facilities in order to make calls at their own expense.
8. In the event of an excess of money on the part of the host carrier, decision should relayed to the following GSIF Steering Committee as to the use of such money.
9. In the event of a loss of money on the part of the host carrier, the host carrier is responsible for such a loss.
10. Invited delegates representing the ITU-T QSDG or the IREG GSM (MoU) Association or any new carrier selected by the steering committee and invited to participate for the first time shall not pay the registration fee however they are responsible for their costs of travel to the meeting venue and for their accommodation and meal costs at the meeting, with the exception of sponsored events.
Qualification for Attendance of Delegates
1. Attendance is restricted to representatives of international licensed carriers who operate, or intend to operate international signalling networks.
2. In order to maintain efficient and multilateral relationships benefiting the Global Signalling and Inter-working Forum main purposes, delegates of the ITU-T QSDG organisation and of the Inter-working Roaming Expert Group (IREG) of the GSM MoU Association will be invited to attend the GSIF.
3. Carriers who have not attended the meeting before but whose presence would be widely desired can be invited and the registration fee can be waived for a first time attendance of such selected participants.
Guidelines for the host carrier
The host carrier assumes responsibility for meeting arrangements, collating material received from attending carriers to a minimum set:
1. Identification of the meeting location minimum 6 months before the date of the meeting. The meeting venue should be sufficiently large to accommodate the expected number of delegates and should provide a sufficiently large conference area for plenary sessions as well as having space for bilateral discussions. The most effective way to arrange this may be to make the main conference room available for the meeting as well as providing a number of additional break-out areas.
2. Co-ordination and assistance in the reservation and accommodations for delegates.
3. The establishment of suitable communications and administrative resources during the meeting. This should include provision for typing of documents, as well as printing and facsimile arrangements.
4. The access to the website for all attending delegates, for updates, browsing and printing out information.
5. The organization and dissemination to all attending administrations information including but not limited to technical or other contributions which are presented at the meeting.
6. The soliciting of technical papers six months prior to the next meeting
7. The solicitation of participant contributions four months before the meeting
8. Distribution of a draft agenda two months prior to the start of the next meeting
9. A final list of participants and the agenda to be offered to the floor one month prior to the start of the next meeting.
10. Host shall appoint a chairperson and a secretary if required. Minutes should be posted on the website.
Guidelines for Delegates
1. Delegates to GSIF should be responsible for international signalling networks in the areas of Planning, introduction, future development or implementation.
2. Delegates must be empowered to discuss and schedule any activity regarding their signalling network presenting technical papers on subjects relevant to the aims of the meeting.
3. Delegates are responsible to make available (disclose) to all attending delegates information including but not limited to:
4. Signalling points of contact for attending administrations [Form 2]
5. The capabilities of international exchanges and STPs for all attending administrations. [Form 1]
6. Signalling network architecture diagrams including signalling types, exchanges ISDN/PSDN/Mobile/VoIP/Multimedia sessions/etc [Form 1a]
7. Invited delegates representing the ITU-T QSDG or the IREG GSM (MoU) Association must be empowered to address and discuss issues and plan activities related to the Global Signalling and Inter-working Forum purposes.