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IMTC Joins Forces with IPv6 Forum to Further Development and Implementation of Technology and Standards

Worldwide Organizations Working To Make the Next Generation Internet a Reality

San Ramon, CA - March 28, 2002 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that it has launched a joint initiative with the IPv6 Forum to promote the development and implementation of IPv6 technology and standards. This initiative will focus on promoting new IPv6-based multimedia and conferencing applications, supporting interoperable implementations of IPv6 standards in multimedia and conferencing applications and spurring the deployment of IPv6 throughout the industry.

IPv6 is short for "Internet Protocol Version 6". It is the "next generation" protocol designed by the IETF to replace the current version ("IPv4") to meet the ever- increasing demand for more addresses, and improve routing and certain network features. In working together to focus attention on IPv6, the IMTC and the IPv6 Forum will begin collaborative efforts through joint activities focused on mobile (3GPP) issues, addressing, firewalls, security, and management. The IPv6 Forum will also work closely with the IMTC's IPv6 Activity Group to seek solutions to IPv6 technical issues, advise international standards organizations developing the IPv6 standard, and actively support interoperability tests.

"The IMTC is joining forces with the IPv6 Forum to help make the Next Generation Internet a reality," stated Istvan Sebestyen, President of the IMTC and Chief Engineer, Head of Department, Standardization Multimedia & Applications at Siemens AG. "Worldwide organizations, multinational corporations, government agencies and individuals are clamoring for universal access to broadband technology and IPv6 holds the promise of achieving that goal. IPv6 is essential in the wireless (3GPP) community for the reason that there is a higher demand for more IP Addresses and offers an elevated level of security as we progress from IPv4. Members of both organizations are committed to the widespread deployment of IPv6 technology and standards."

"Internet ubiquity and end-to-end transparency are a fertile ground for next generation applications and services not imagined just 20 years ago," said Latif Ladid, Trustee of the Internet Society, President of the IPv6 Forum, and Vice President of Ericsson Telebit. "The IPv6 Forum and IMTC joined forces to advocate the proper deployment roadmaps and align their parallel initiatives." The alliance with the IMTC is the latest IPv6 Forum collaboration. The IPv6 Forum currently maintains alliances with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the UMTS Forum, 3GPP, 3GPP2 and the Wireless Multimedia 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 rich media 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 IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime." The consortium's Web site address is

About the IPv6 Forum
The IPv6 Forum is a worldwide consortium of leading Internet vendors. Research and education networks are shaping the IPv6 Forum, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by dramatically improving the market and user awareness of IPv6, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology, embracing a moral responsibility to the world.