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IMTC Participates in First-Ever "Informal Summit" of Industry Forums Convened by ITU-T

Attendees Seek More Effective Ways to Work Together and with the ITU, Join Forces to Develop and Maintain Applications Based on International Telecommunications Standards

San Ramon, CA - January 29, 2002 - Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, President of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), recently attended a first-ever "informal summit" of worldwide communications forums/consortia that was convened by Houlin Zhao, the Director of the ITU's Telecommunications Standardization Bureau. Held at the ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives from more than two dozen forums/consortia and two standard development organizations (SDOs) attended the meetings, along with the chairman of ITU-T. The landmark summit focused on building greater awareness of each organization's current activities and identified "common ground" for working together to improve the level of cooperation between the groups and the ITU-T.

The organizations also discussed and agreed on mutual efforts to develop, maintain and apply international telecommunications standards.

"ITU-T considers forums and consortia as strategic partners. We are complementary to one another," stressed Mr. Zhao in his opening speech. The sincere and rewarding discussions that followed primarily centered on methods and procedures to improve communication in order to assure efficient collaboration and minimize the risk of duplicating work.

"This personal contact will benefit our respective organizations, as well as to the telecommunication industry as a whole," summarized Mr. Zhao. "Although this meeting was the first of its kind, I believe we managed to reach agreement on some very important principles on how ITU-T, forums and SDOs could efficiently collaborate in the future," he said, referring to the detailed list of proposals compiled and agreed by the participants. This document suggests best practices for communication among ITU-T, forums and SDOs as well as presenting potential opportunities for partnerships between the ITU-T and forums.

"I was particularly pleased to be invited to such an important event and represent IMTC there," Dr. Istvan Sebestyen said. "The meeting proved to be extremely helpful establishing new key contacts with the ITU and other forums that operate closely and complementary side by side. Better harmonization and coordination among these bodies will benefit the users, manufacturers and network operators significantly and will contribute to the speedier development of higher quality telecommunication standards."

Further details about the summit can be found at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/sb-director/forum.

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts multimedia interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test T.120, H.320, H.323, H.324, SIP and Voice over IP products and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, Cisco Systems, Forgent, France Telecom, Intel, KPN Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway, Siemens AG, Sony, TANDBERG, Telverse, and WorldCom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 100 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is http://www.imtc.org.

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