The New Internet Forum has been established: The IPv6 FORUM

(July 7, 1999) - A worldwide consortium of leading Internet solutions vendors, Internet service providers (ISPs) and research and education networks today announced the formation of the IPv6 FORUM. The Forum's mission is to promote IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) in order to create a higher quality and secure next generation Internet: The NEW INTERNET. The FORUM will raise market awareness of IPv6 by providing worldwide, equitable access to information and technology about IPv6. The FORUM will work closely with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which is responsible for the IPv6 technical specifications and to which many FORUM members contribute.

Leading members speak out in support of IPv6 and the IPv6 Forum:

"IPv6 is here and now, so take the Internet where no other network has gone before!" comments Dr. Vint Cerf, Chairman of the Internet Societal Task Force and known as one of the fathers of the Internet.

"We've known for some years that IP version 4 was heading towards its limits, and the IETF has been working on IPv6 since 1994. Now, the basic standards are agreed and implemented, and it is time to move forward," adds Dr. Brian E. Carpenter, Chair of the IETF's Internet Architecture Board, and a Program Director in IBM's Internet Division.

"We have been very active in building a strong IPv6 infrastructure in Japan as we see immediate benefits to our economy, knowledge and education potential to our people" confirms Dr. Jun Murai, General Chairman of the WIDE IPv6 Project and Professor of KEIO University.

"Nokia believes that IPv6 is a fundamental enabler of Nokia's vision of the Mobile Information Society. Today, the number of cellular handsets already far exceeds the number of fixed Internet terminals; IPv6 is the only viable architecture that can accommodate the coming wave of Internet capable cellular devices. Nokia is eager to contribute to the IPv6 Forum's efforts to accelerate the acceptance and deployment of IPv6 throughout the Internet." states Pekka Ala-Pietilš, President, Nokia.

"Ericsson has a clear business and technology vision about how IPv6 enables the performance and service offerings mandated by both mobile infrastructure (GPRS, UMTS), broadband networks, consumer electronics and terminals, and the interoperability/management thereof, extending therefore full support to the IPv6 Forum", emphasizes Jan Uddenfeldt , Senior VP and Technical director of L.M.Ericsson.

"The IPv6 FORUM's noble objectives will be to promote this new technology on a world-wide basis sharing knowledge, experience and interoperability and creating common grounds for the New Internet of the next millennium", states Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 FORUM & VP at Telebit Communications.

IPv6 Forum Founding Members:

Initial members of the IPv6 Forum include 41 of the top companies and institutes active in the new Internet technology, a truly international forum from day one:

Europe & Middle East (18): BT, Case Technology, Consulintel, Deutsche Telekom, CSELT, DFN, Ericsson, Eurocontrol, Gigabell, IABG, Intracom, Netmedia, Nokia, Siemens, Teldat, Telebit Communications, Telia Networks Services, Thomson-CSF Detexis.

North America(17): 3Com, Advanced Systems Consulting, AT&T, Cisco, Compaq, ESNet-6REN, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, MCI WorldCom, Mentat, Microsoft, Motorola, Qwest, Sprint, Sun, The Business Internet, Viagenie-Canarie.

Asia Pacific(6): Centre for Wireless Communications ( Singapore ), Hitachi, NTT, NTT Software Corporation, Trumpet Software (Australia) , WIDE Japan.

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