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Agere proposals for next generation networks adopted by ITU, ANSI

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) organizations hav...


October 19, 2004  


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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) organizations have accepted Agere Systems Inc.’s technology proposals for creating a new standard that will help enable enhanced telecommunications services and spawn new business models for next generation converged multimedia networks.

The ITU and ANSI create standards telecom carriers and equipment providers are encouraged to follow.

Both the ITU’s NGN (Next Generation Networks) Focus Group, as well as the ANSI T1S1 and T1A1 standards group, accepted Agere’s proposals to be included as NGN requirements.

Lucent, Nortel, NTT, and Sprint officials chaired the ITU standards group that accepted Agere’s proposals.

Agere is also working with AT&T, Cisco, and Nortel to refine the proposals in preparation for the ITU’s meetings in late November at which decisions regarding specifications of the NGN standard will be set by the companies named in this announcement, along with several others.

“This proposal acceptance mean telecom service providers can offer new per-service and multi-tiered service guarantees to their customers; create new revenue streams; minimize capital expenses; use network resources more efficiently; reduce system operating costs; improve network performance; and accelerate restoration times of network outages,” said a joint statement from the two standards bodies.

Both groups accepted Agere’s proposals that an Application Service Resiliency (ASR) mechanism be used as a fundamental and supportive requirement and attribute for developing the NGN. ASR is the measurable attribute or characteristic for maintaining application service continuity regardless of any underlying failure conditions of the communications network.

“The world is moving rapidly toward delivery of billable multimedia services that operators deliver over a single converged network,” said Samir Samhouri, vice president of Agere Systems. “To drive this business model, technologies such as ASR have to exist and proliferate for service providers to detect, protect, and direct service flows and charge appropriately for them.”