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"THE INTERNATIONAL MULTIMEDIA TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONSORTIUM BOOSTS IP INTEROPERABILITY INITIATIVES WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE MULTIMEDIA SERVICES AFFILIATE FORUM"
MSAF's Global Internet Interoperability Projects Entering Next Phase
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND October 15, 1999
The Multimedia Services Affiliate Forum (MSAF), a global organization
comprised of Global Fortune 500 telecommunications and Internet companies,
formally transferred its IP-centric services programs to the International
Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) and the TeleManagement Forum
(TMF). The transfer includes funding which enables the IMTC and TMF to
continue the programs until 2001.
MSAF was formed four years ago in Geneva at Telecom 95 to facilitate the
deployment of worldwide interoperable value-added multimedia services.
Services interoperability was successfully achieved for the Lotus Notes and
Novell Directory Services and for a Global Intranet Access service. Ongoing
projects include Public Key Infrastructure interoperability and Voice-over-IP
According to Dr. Lov Kher, Chairman of MSAF, "the IP-centric services
interoperability mission of MSAF was successfully achieved for global
customers and now MSAF needs to move its service implementation projects into
the next phase." Dr. Kher further said, "MSAF's board of directors is pleased
that both the IMTC and TMF have agreed to pursue MSAF's mission into the next
MSAF has been working with the IMTC and the TMF for over a year to enable
this transition. Through the cooperation of the IMTC and the TMF the MSAF
Internet services projects will move forward into the new millennium.
Accepting on behalf of these organizations during the formal transfer
ceremony at Telecom 99 were Neil Starkey, IMTC founder, and Tonia Graham, TMF
"We are honored that MSAF believes the IMTC provides an ideal, respected and
objective home for the continuation of the MSAF mission," said Matt Collier,
president of the IMTC. "The IMTC is committed, through the support of MSAF
and its members, to furthering the development, deployment and promotion of
seamless, reliable and interoperable IP-based and other multimedia services
across multiple networks."
"We're proud that MSAF recognized our leadership position in IP network
management interoperability and e-business," said Beth Adams, President and
CEO of the TM Forum, "and we're very pleased that MSAF chose us to carry
forward its work in IP-centric services and IP network management
MSAF is an open, non-profit consortium whose members serviced 70 percent of
the world's telecom traffic. It has been the MSAF members' vision to provide
customers with secure, reliable, easy-to-use global multimedia communications
services using interoperable IP-centric platforms. MSAF developed global
interoperability implementation guidelines, supported trials to demonstrate
interoperability, and facilitated interconnections among service provider
The IMTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating
the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia
teleconferencing solutions based on open, international standards -
particularly the multimedia teleconferencing standards adopted by the
International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The California-based consortium
comprises more than 150 member organizations from around the globe.
The TMF is a non-profit, global organization serving the communications
industry. It provides strategy and pragmatic solutions for streamlining
operations in a competitive environment. TM Forum sponsors a broad range of
business agreements and technical specifications that enable service
providers to automate the management of communications services. The TM Forum
has over 230 member companies from 34 countries.
Further information on MSAF, IMTC and TMF can be found at the following