Fremont, CA — The MPLS Forum, an industry-wide association of leading networking and telecommunication companies focused on accelerating the deployment of Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), today announced a series of major advances at its fourth Technical Committee meeting.
The Technical Committee kicked off this latest meeting with the key milestone announcement that it had established a formal communications relationship with the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T).
The MPLS Forum’s technical committee chair, Andrew G. Malis, chief technologist at Vivace Networks, led the meeting and said: “This meeting was a major success with many members making huge strides in key areas such as MPLS interoperability and protocol conformance testing. We also moved forward with contributions on RSVP-TE and LDP functional testing, Voice over MPLS, and MPLS framing over optical fiber.”
Other items covered during the two-day meeting included outlining the MPLS Forum’s objectives for 2001, discussing the results of recent performance and interoperability tests, and reviewing service providers’ requirements for implementing MPLS protocols. The Technical Committee also approved the final charters of the Forum’s two working groups — the Interoperability Working Group and the Applications and Deployment Working Group.
Next Technical Committee Meeting
The MPLS Forum will host its next Technical Committee meeting on March 7-8, 2001 in New Orleans, La. This meeting will build upon the success of the prior meetings and will include plenary sessions for all members to attend, break out sessions focused on specific work items within the Interoperability Working Group and the Applications and Deployment Working Group, as well as further updates from recent MPLS interoperability and performance testing events. The Technical Committee meeting is open to member companies only. Details on becoming a member company of the MPLS Forum are available at http://www.mplsforum.org/ .
About The MPLS Forum
The MPLS Forum is an industry-wide association of leading networking and telecommunications companies focused on advancing the successful deployment of multi-vendor MPLS networks and associated applications. The Forum will achieve this through interoperability initiatives, implementation agreements, and educational programs. For more information about The MPLS Forum, please contact Alexa Morris, MPLS Forum executive director, at 510/608-5914 or via e-mail at [email protected] Additional information regarding Forum membership and the Forum’s mission is available online at http://www.mplsforum.org/ .