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For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014

Contact: Marcella Wolfe
Manager, Public Relations &
Marketing Communications
Phone: (202) 434-8851
Email: mwolfe@atis.org

New ATIS Network Functions Virtualization Forum
Brings Inter-Provider Solutions to
Today’s Rapidly Evolving Virtualized Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — ATIS today announced launch of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Forum, which will develop use cases that identify emerging business opportunities such as virtual network operator and service roaming in light of the rapidly evolving SDN/NFV technology that is moving the ICT industry from integrated, hardware-centric solutions to modular, hardware-agnostic frameworks.

With its focus on inter-provider technical requirements and solutions, the set of priority use cases the Forum develops will be used to realize the value derived from multi-provider service integration and identify requirements to enable improved service integration and portability. This will include a catalog of APIs to expose functionality, mechanisms to discover the available services, and the tools to combine services from multiple providers.

The NFV Forum’s work builds on critical solutions aimed at realizing the benefits of SDN/NFV.  These include the solutions being developed by the ETSI NFV ISG specifications, OpenStack’s general purpose virtualization framework, the Linux Foundation’s Open Platform for NFV (core NFV functions), TM Forum Zoom’s program on management and operations, OpenDaylight’s open source SDN solution, and Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow.  The Forum will complement existing NFV activities by focusing on enabling the multi-provider environment.

“ATIS’ newest forum will provide the solutions that will take NFV from being an emerging technology to a true game changer in terms of enhancing the ability to integrate software across service providers in a uniform and automated way, and to scale application instances to meet the changing demand for services,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller.

The Forum’s inaugural event is a virtual meeting to be held September 25, at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET.  To attend, contact Yvonne Reigle, ATIS Director - Strategic Initiatives at yreigle@atis.org. Learn more at www.atis.org/nfv.

About ATIS

As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s most pressing business priorities. Through ATIS committees and forums, nearly 200 companies address cloud services, device solutions, emergency services, cyber security, next generation wireless technologies, network evolution, quality of service, billing, operations, and more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle — from design and innovation through solutions that include standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit  www.atis.org.

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