Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Standardization Program (ASTAP)


At 15th ASTAP Forum (ASTAP-15) held from 9 to 11 March, 2009, an Ad-hoc group was established to study how to harmonize and integrate the works of ASTAP and APT Study Groups (SG). The group submitted their report, including a proposed new structure, to the 16th ASTAP Forum (ASTAP-16) held from 25 to 27 August 2009 in Macao, China. The proposed new structure was adopted by ASTAP-16 Plenary and subsequently submitted to the 33rd Session of the APT Management Committee (MC-33) held in December 2009 at Tehran, Iran. MC-33 approved the new structure of APT Standardization Program (ASTAP) and its Terms of Reference.

The new APT Standardization Program (ASTAP), as a merged ASTAP and APT Study Groups programs, covers not only the aspects of standardization program but also to make use of the experts to deal with the study questions that may arise.


The Objectives of the APT Standardization Program (ASTAP) is:

  • To establish regional cooperation on standardization and to contribute to global standardization activities;
  • To harmonize standardization activities in the region through cooperative standardization activities such as exchange of views and information;
  • To share knowledge and experience among APT members through studies, research and analysis on telecommunications/ICT areas;
  • To assist APT members, especially developing country members, to develop the skills in telecommunications/ICT areas by providing research and analysis-based study results and surveys on key telecommunications/ICT areas;
  • To enhance the level of expertise on standardization for telecommunications/ICT areas among APT members;
  • To foster appropriate institutional arrangements for promotion of telecommunications/ ICT standardization in the Asia-Pacific region.


ASTAP consists of Plenary, Working Groups, Joint Coordination Groups, Expert Groups, Advisory Board and other related groups. ASTAP has a Chairman and Vice-Chairmen. Working Groups and Expert Groups have Chairmen and if necessary Vice-Chairmen.

Expert Groups/ Working Parties

Currently there are 8 Working Groups, 3 Joint Coordination Groups and 8 Expert Groups. 

Working Group on Organization and Working Methods (OWM)

Working Group on Industry Relations (IR)

Working Group on Strategic Plan (SP)

Working Group on ITU-T Issues (ITU-T)

Working Group on Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG)

Working Group on Policies, Regulatory and Strategies (PRS)

Working Group on Green ICT and EMF Exposure (GICT&EMF)

Working Group on Machine-to-Machine Application/Services (M2M)

Joint Coordination Group on Infrastructure & Network (I&N)

          Expert Group on  Future Network and Next Generation Networks (FN&NGN)

          Expert Group on Internet Related Topics (IRT)

Joint Coordination Group on Service & System Operation (SSO)

          Expert Group on Disaster Risk Management and Relief System (DRMRS)

          Expert Group on Seamless Access Communication Systems (SACS)

Joint Coordination Group on IT Application & User related Issues (ITAU)

          Expert Group on Security (IS)

          Expert Group on Next Generation Web (NGW)

          Expert Group on Speech and Natural Language Processing (SNLP)

          Expert Group on Accessibility and Usability (AU)

Office Bearers

Chairman: Mr. Yochi Maeda (Japan)

Click here for complete list of ASTAP Office Bearers

E-mail Reflectors

Download Registration Form for ASTAP WGs/ EGs Reflectors

Meetings/ Seminars/ Workshops






If you could not locate any document, require information or have any suggestion on ASTAP Activities, please contact:

APT Secretariat
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
12/49 Soi 5, Chaengwattana Road,
Bangkok 10210, Thailand
Tel. +662 573 0044
Fax +662 573 7479
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Last updated on 23/09/2014
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