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Our mission is to ADVANCE innovation in communications technologies, INFORM spectrum and communications policy for the benefit of all stakeholders, and INVESTIGATE our Nation’s most pressing telecommunications challenges through research that employees are proud to deliver. Learn more about ITS on our YouTube Channel or read about our research programs in the Technical Progress Report.

ITS is hosting a RIC Forum!

RIC Forum LogoIn collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense FutureG & 5G Office, ITS is hosting a RIC Forum March 27–28, 2024, where radio access network (RAN) Intelligent Controller (RIC) Application (App) vendors and universities can demonstrate viable RIC Apps and their use cases for the purposes of technical knowledge sharing. Presenters will showcase authentic RIC App demonstrations (not simulations) that measure and display the effects of their xApps or rApps on a 5G Open RAN network. Click here for more details ...

News

November 13, 2023

The goal of the two-year 5G Challenge was to accelerate the adoption of 5G open interfaces, interoperable subsystems,...

September 1, 2023

Employment opportunities at ITS include internships for students at all levels of their scholastic careers. Like other employment opportunities, when openings exist, these are listed on ...

May 25, 2023

Until June 2, 2023, expert researchers from ITS are in Geneva, Switzerland, where they are collaborating with colleagues from all over the world to reach consensus about improvements to the International Telecommunication...

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This Month in ITS History

March 1976: ITS Connects to the ARPANET

In 1975, the Federal Telecommunications Standard Committee (FTSC) assigned Lead Agency responsibility to ITS for the development of Federal Standard 1033, “Criteria for Assessing the Performance of Telecommunication Systems Used to Support Federal Information Processing. ITS interfaced its newly acquired host system to the ARPANET in March 1976 and immediately began performance parameter measurements on ARPANET transmissions. Pointing to the rapid growth of digital communications to permit transfer of data between computers, the encryption of voice communications for security reasons, and the growth of specialized networks for business, health care, electronic mes ...

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