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ITU and TeleManagement Forum sign partnership deal

The International Telecommunication Union has agreed on a partnership deal with the TeleManagement Forum (TM Forum)...


August 6, 2003  


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The International Telecommunication Union has agreed on a partnership deal with the TeleManagement Forum (TM Forum), which will allow TM Forum standards to be published by ITU as ITU-T recommendations. ITU-T is the organization’s standards-setting body.

This partnership aims to leverage both organizations’ resources and expertise in order to enhance international standards in Telemanagement and Operational Support Systems (OSS).

“We believe strongly that a policy of cooperation with other standards development bodies contributes significantly to the process and will ultimately help to create a fairer market for businesses and consumers," said Houlin Zhao, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (secretariat for ITU-T).

"The TM Forum’s work has long been complementary to that of ITU-T’s Study Group 4. This partnership means that we can avoid duplication of work and get standards to market in a far more efficient manner.”

“This partnership provides us with an efficient way to take our standards to the international community for formal adoption, quickly and without duplication of efforts,” said Jim Warner, President and CEO of the TM Forum.

“We are delighted with the decision to allow the TM Forum to contribute directly to the ITU-T, as it demonstrates a strong level of confidence in the timeliness and quality of the TM Forum’s technical work and it’s importance to the telecommunications industry”.


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