Just announced at ITEXPO: The NGN Forum and IMS Forum have merged and will also have an associated STP Forum and Diameter Forum. As you may know, these are key elements to provide applications and services to residential and business customers.
This means the IMS Plugfest is now not just IMS-based but will also focus on the following architechtures as well: STP, Diameter and IP OSS/BSS.
The new name of the furum will be the NGN Forum and Michael Khalilian will be the Chairman and President for the next three years.
There are now over 2,500 participants between the different forums with weekly additions to the technical working group comittee — working on business development, marketing, technology and standards.
The focul point of the NGN forum is IP, IP structure, framework, architechture and best practices. The objective of this group is to ensure interoperability of new revenue generating services via things like plugfests. As you may be aware, TMC’s IMS and UC Magazines are sponsor of these plugfests and the next one is January 12th, 2009 in New Hamphsihre — at the UNH-IOL (interoperability lab)
Expect the news of the new boards of directors to come out in the next few weeks.