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Agreement strengthens third generation mobile communications

The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) Forum has announced a cooperation agreement with IPv6, the worldwide consortium of Internet industry players founded to promote the Internet Protocol version 6 (Ipv6), thereby strengthening the potential of both organisatio...
The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) Forum has announced a cooperation agreement with IPv6, the worldwide consortium of Internet industry players founded to promote the Internet Protocol version 6 (Ipv6), thereby strengthening the potential of both organisations.

The objectives include establishing respective market representations within each others' organisations, and identifying and building new markets for non-voice services and promotion of IPv6. Furthermore both organisations will work together to prepare for future IP-based value added services.

Third generation mobile telecommunications look set to form a key role in information delivery to mass market users, as shown by the rapid growth of mobile handset adoption which has exceeded the number of Internet services worldwide. IPv6 technology incorporates a range of features which allow mobility between services and operators with a range of service options - allowing the development of IP-oriented applications and services for use in third generation systems.

UMTS Forum Chairman Dr Bernd Eylert said: 'Convergence between mobile and fixed telecommunications with the IP world will be critical to the success of UMTS. Through its partnership with the Ipv6 Forum, the UMTS Forum brings its broad-based perspective on third generation mobile services that we believe will assist the IPv6 community in creating products and services to meet the global markets' needs.'

Latif Ladid, president of the IPv6 Forum also welcomed the agreement. He said: 'IPv6 will have a wide ranging impact on practically every business and educational sector, and by enhancing the Internet's quality and security, IPv6 will be crucial to the convergence of the 'new Internet' with UMTS'.
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