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Partnership and External Cooperation
ITU-T and Forums Information
At the last Informal Forum Summit it was agreed to communicate new work areas and ongoing activities among forums, ITU-T, and SDOs. The following are forums that have supplied information including useful links for this purpose.
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Intergovernmental organizations

ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)
Produces high-quality standards covering all fields of telecommunications through a unique worldwide partnership between governments and industry.

Forums & Consortia

Operators-led, actively promotes a common IP based wireless system for 3G mobile systems and alignment with fixed networks.
3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
The purpose of 3GPP is to prepare, approve and maintain globally applicable Technical Specifications and Technical Reports for:
- a 3rd Generation Mobile System based on the evolved GSM core networks, and the radio access technologies supported by the Partners (i.e., UTRA both FDD and TDD modes), to be transposed by the Organizational Partners into appropriate deliverables (e.g., standards).
- the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) including GSM evolved radio access technologies (e.g. General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE)).
ATM Forum
Broadband Content Delivery Forum (BCD Forum)
DSL Forum
The DSL Forum, a consortium of 340 leading industry telecommunications, equipment, computing, networking and service provider companies, was established in 1994 and continues its drive for a mass market for DSL to deliver the benefits of this technology to end users around the world over existing copper telephone wire infrastructures.
International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC)
Since its formation in September 1994, the IMTC, a non-profit global consortium comprising approximately 100 companies throughout the world, has maintained a focus on the creation and adoption of open, international standards for multimedia communications, while actively championing the need for the interoperability of these products and services.
IPV6 Forum
The IPv6 Forum is a world-wide consortium of over 150 leading Internet service vendors, National Research & Education Networks (NRENs) and international ISPs, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by improving market and user awareness, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology. The key focus of the IPv6 Forum today is to provide technical guidance for the deployment of IPv6. IPv6 Summits are organized by the IPv6 Forum and staged in various locations around the world to provide industry and market with the best available information on this rapidly advancing technology.
MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance
Founded in April 2003 by merging the MPLS Forum and the Frame Relay Forum, the MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance is an industry-wide organization of networking and telecommunication companies focused on driving the deployment of multi-vendor Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Frame Relay (FR) networks and associated applications. The Alliance provides a meeting ground for companies that are creating MPLS and FR products and deploying MPLS and FR networks and services.

Through the efforts of our three working committees, the Alliance encourages: (a) input to the development of standards throughout the various industry standards groups; (b) the creation of Implementation Agreements, based upon appropriate standards, on how to build and deliver MPLS and FR networks and services; (c) the definition of Interoperability test suites and coordination of Interoperability events to demonstrate the readiness of MPLS for network deployments; (d) the creation and delivery of educational programs to educate the industry about MPLS and FR technologies, services and solutions; and (e) building the awareness of MPLS as a technology ready for wide-scale deployment within service provider networks to deliver profitable services to the end-user community.

The Alliance has A4 and A5 liaison status with the ITU-T.
Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF)
The Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) 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.
Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF)
The Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF) is an international non-profit industry association. Its mission is to drive acceptance and adoption of a single open mobile wireless and internet architecture that is independent of the access technology.
Object Management Group, Inc. (OMG)
Sets vendor-neutral software standards enabling distributed, enterprise-wide interoperability in over a dozen vertical markets, including telecommunications.
Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)
Non-profit international organization whose purpose is to accelerate the deployment of interoperable, cost-effective and robust optical internetworks and their associated technologies.
Russian Association for Networks and Services (RANS)
Prepares coordinated proposals in conjunction with business and state authorities on improvement of info-communications in Russia.
TeleManagement Forum (TM Forum)
The TeleManagement Forum (TM Forum) is a non-profit global organization that provides leadership, strategic guidance and practical solutions to improve the management and operation of communications services.
The UMTS Forum is the only mobile industry body that is uniquely committed to the successful introduction and development of UMTS/IMT-2000 mobile communications systems.


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