NGN Forum Joins IMS Forum
(Wireless News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
The IMS Forum and the NGN Forum announced that they have merged to form
the IMS/NGN Forum.
The partnership is designed to create, test and deliver NGN services.
"The combined IMS/NGN Forum is the first to recognize that with
increased competition in voice, entertainment and enterprise markets
there is an urgent need for fixed, mobile and cable MSO service
providers to partner with application development companies, digital
content providers, enterprise and smart phone manufacturers, and
financial institutions," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President
of the IMS/NGN Forum. "This partnership enables our members to fully
address the emergence of a single market comprised of information
technology (IT), telecommunications, and media sectors that formerly
operated in separate markets."
The IMS/NGN Forum membership includes over 2000 executives and
technical and marketing executives across equipment vendors, solution
providers, integrators, service providers, and governmental agencies.
In addition, the IMS/NGN Forum also announced that it has created a
joint Venture Capital (VC) study group consisting of its members and
over 20 venture capitalists, private equity groups and financial
"Investors are searching for compelling high growth technologies to
fulfill consumer and enterprise demand," said Peter Lazor, President of
Cardinal Points, M&A and Financial Advisers. "The NGN Forum and IMS
Forum are in a unique position to bring all of these diverse markets
together. We are looking forward to working with Forum members to
identify value propositions for financial investment."
"In addition to new and innovative services, the NGN Forum will bring
IP billing, OSS and payment networks squarely into the picture to
ensure that these new services not only generate but also collect
revenue," said Anantha Ramu, VP of Engineering & Principal Architect at
Acision. "Today NGN revenues are generated by multimedia subscribers
interacting across different networks, developed and supported by many
of the IMS/NGN Forum member companies."
The IMS/NGN Forum will continue with its series of Plugfest
Interoperability Tests, and will unveil technical and business working
groups in the areas of converged services, and business and operational
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