|[July 26, 2005]
ATIS and MSF To Collaborate on Packet-Based Carrier Interconnection
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)-- July 26, 2005 -- ATIS and the MultiService Forum (MSF) have agreed to establish a collaborative relationship that will speed the development of secure, robust, carrier-grade packet-based interconnection and end-to-end QoS for next-generation networks.
The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that enables MSF and ATIS committees and working groups to better align work efforts and unite areas of relevant expertise towards the development of critical industry standards.
"ATIS is committed to ensuring the communication industry gets the standards it needs to support the next-generation network in the timeframe in which it needs them," said Susan M. Miller, president and CEO of ATIS. "This MOU sets in motion a relationship that enables the rapid delivery of those standards."
"Through this agreement, MSF will align the technical expertise derived from its Implementation Agreements and interoperability testing with the ATIS TOPS Council's vision for the future of telecommunications," said Roger Ward, president of MSF. "By working together, the two groups will enable faster realization of packet-based interconnect."
ATIS is a technical planning and standards development organization that is committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the communications and related information technologies industry worldwide using a pragmatic, flexible and open approach. Participants from more than 350 communications companies are active in ATIS' 22 industry committees and Incubator Solutions Program. www.atis.org
About The MultiService Forum
The MultiService Forum is a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice switching systems. Founded in 1998, the MSF is an open-membership organization comprised of the world's leading telecommunications companies. The MSF's activities include developing Implementation Agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies. For more information about the MSF and its members, visit the MSF web site at http://www.msforum.org/.
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