Internet and 3G Mobile Communications
move one step closer as IPv6 Forum joins 3GPP
Convergence of Internet and
Mobile Telecommunications move a step closer as IPv6 Forum joins the Third
Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as a Market Representation Partner (MRP).
The agreement was signed on
Tuesday, 18 January 2000 in Sophia Antipolis, France, in presence of Mr Karl
Heinz Rosenbrock, Chairman of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group and
Director-General of ETSI, and Mr Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum President.
It is expected that as mobile
phones gain access to Internet services, there will be an unprecedented growth
in the demand of new Internet addresses as well as easier administration and
The world of mobile Internet
is a step closer. IPv6 Forum contribution to the 3GPP work will allow the
application of global standards in the next generation Internet domain. By
committing itself to sharing with the other 3GPP partners its Internet
expertise, IPv6 Forum will allow the Partners to integrate mobile Internet
access and lead the way to Third-Generation Mobile Communication.
`3GPP warmly welcomes IPv6
Forum', remarked Mr Rosenbrock. `This partnership agreement will allow faster
integration of the Internet in the 3GPP. As the new economy moves to
``all-IP'', the common 3GPP and IPv6 standards will further enhance the
business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications using 3GPP and IPv6
based mobile communications systems. `
Mr Latif Ladid comments:
`Since a number of manufacturers and network operators are members of the both
bodies, 3GPP and IPv6 Forum will benefit from structuring and strengthening
their relationship and fostering a closer co-operation. Furthermore, IPv6
Forum will co-operate to bring 3GPP closer to the Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Society
(ISOC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).'
The 3GPP is a global
standardization initiative that was created just over a year ago, in December
1998, to produce technical specifications for Third-Generation Mobile System
based on the evolved GSM core networks and a new radio interface (UTRA). Major
important steps have been achieved since then, such as the approval of Release
'99 specifications in December 1999. The 3GPP work plan for the year 2000
includes Internet Protocol (IP) based communications.
Both organizations will
benefit from adopting a complementary approach to the standardization process.
This new Partnership will increase Internet market awareness within the 3GPP
Partners and make mobile Internet standard a reality.