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ATM Forum, MPLS Alliance decide to merge

The ATM Forum and the MPLS & Frame Relay Alliance announced today that their respective memberships have approved t...


April 13, 2005  


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The ATM Forum and the MPLS & Frame Relay Alliance announced today that their respective memberships have approved the merger of the two organizations.

The combined entity will be known as the MFA Forum, with legal completion expected within 30 days.

The merger, proposed by the organizations’ leadership last year, will consolidate the groups and leverage the strengths of each in addressing next generation, multi-protocol, packet-based networks.

The goal of the merged organization will be to advance the recognition, acceptance and implementation of packet technologies in the global networking communications industry.

“The completion of this merger mirrors the trend we are seeing in the telecommunications industry as large carriers consolidate service infrastructures,” said Mark Seery, program director at RHK Inc.

“The merged MFA Forum will equal more than the sum of its parts. Both the members and the industry will benefit from enhanced collaboration among system suppliers that are trying to provide convergence solutions to carriers.”

“The ATM Forum is entering this new phase having achieved what it set out to do,” said Marlis Humphrey of Harris Corp. chairman of The ATM Forum.

"We look forward to the enhanced collaboration and synergies that this merger will bring to developing the interworking standards necessary for the deployment of next generation, converged packet networks.”

The board of directors of the MFA Forum will include Bernard da Costa of Bell Canada; Ananda Sen Gupta with Agilent Technologies; David Sinicrope with Ericsson and Rick Wilder of Alcatel.