Service providers and suppliers from all parts of the globe have banded together with a focus on accelerating the deployment of open, Internet-based standards for mobile wireless networks.Calling itse...
March 1, 2000
Service providers and suppliers from all parts of the globe have banded together with a focus on accelerating the deployment of open, Internet-based standards for mobile wireless networks.
Calling itself the Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF), the group says it provides a venue for service providers and suppliers to identify and resolve issues surrounding the development of key specifications, and to enable early implementation of Internet Protocol (IP) wireless networks. According to the MWIF, these specifications will allow for common infrastructure and services independent of air interface, and will enable seamless integration between mobile telephony and non-traditional IP-based services such as data, voice and video applications.
“We believe that IP is the answer for multiservice networks, and is capable of providing a unified technology for both voice and wireless Internet services of the future,” said Dean Sirovica, Interim Board President and Chair of MWIF and Director of Global Technology at Vodafone AirTouch, a member company. “The cost of using standard Internet elements is also dramatically less, and given the open standards and interfaces, service providers can greatly benefit from multi-vendor procurement.” He said the MWIF will allow operators to efficiently migrate geographically widespread networks to the “new world”.
Specifications developed by the MWIF will be available to traditional standards bodies and other industry groups. The group will also work to ensure that key regional and global standards groups address requirements that operators see as critical to early and economic deployment of IP mobile wireless networks.
The MWIF says areas that represent immediate opportunities to impact the evolution of mobile wireless networks include: a reference architecture that supports open interfaces and achieves harmony across access technologies by promoting a common IP core, and a distributed, peer-to-peer IP-based architecture for scalability with IP standard interfaces to billing and customer care.
Founding members of the forum include Alcatel, Bell Atlantic Mobile, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Siemens and 3Com.