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Discussion Paper Now Available about the New-IP Proposal

In the run up to the ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-20) later this year there has been some discussion about a proposal called the “New IP.” It is positioned as a top-down architecture to solve a number of use cases that are currently been developed in the ITU-T’s Future Network 2030 Focus Group.

The Internet Society is carefully following the developments in the run-up to WTSA-20. We are trying to understand if and how the New IP works with the Internet as we know it, if it actually solves problems that cannot be solved in the Internet, and, if the ITU-T is developing standards, where other standards development organizations (SDOs) have change control.

In order to get a sense of the environment we commissioned a discussion paper, “An analysis of the ‘New IP’ proposal to the ITU-T.” The paper helps inform us and the broader community whilst the public debate around these proposals shapes up. It also aims to inform and shape the discussion from the Internet’s Society’s perspective. Eventually the debate around it will inform our position and the potential further evolution of the discussion paper itself.

We would like to thank Chip Sharp for authoring the paper, with input from a set of experts from and close to the Internet Society.

We welcome any feedback on “An analysis of the “New IP” proposal to the ITU-T”. Contact the authors directly using or join the discussion papers list, which is public and archived.

Update: Richard Li has posted a response to this paper.