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Sophia Antipolis, France, 20 January 2000

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 tighter security.

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.

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