Wireless Industry leaders announce "Wireless World Research Forum"

Alcatel, Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens announce the creation of the "Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF)"

The objective of the new forum is to formulate visions on strategic future research directions in the wireless field, among industry and academia, and to generate, identify, and promote research areas and technical trends for mobile and wireless system technologies. It is intended to closely co- operate with the UMTS Forum, ETSI, 3GPP, IETF, ITU, and other relevant bodies regarding commercial and standardisation issues derived from the research work.

The forum is open to all interested parties. Members are expected to contribute papers and ideas. In 2001, the forum will organise three working sessions and a workshop towards the end of the year.

The WWRF is a further development of work started during 2000 in the Wireless Strategic Initiative (WSI). The Wireless Strategic Initiative was started in May 2000 by Alcatel, Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens as a project under the Information Society Technologies programme of the EU.

The WSI project organised an invited Think Tank of international experts to develop first concepts for the wireless field. The Think Tank met three times during 2000 and the results will be discussed at a workshop to be held in Brussels on December 12, 2000 and soon released. The partners of the WSI project expect that the results of the Think Tank will form a useful starting point for the work of the Wireless World Research Forum.

To get more information on the planned workshop and the forum, please go to the web site http://www.ist-wsi.org

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