Multiservice Switching Forum unveils Release 1 Implementation Guidelines

April 1, 2002--In a move designed to clearly identify companies that support open, interoperable switching systems, the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) announced today the publication of its MSF Release 1 Implementation Guidelines.

In a move designed to clearly identify companies that support open, interoperable switching systems, the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) announced today the publication of its MSF Release 1 Implementation Guidelines. The Guidelines were created to help service providers and systems suppliers evolve their network solutions toward the MSF Multiservice Switched Network target architecture.

MSF member service providers and switching equipment vendors that support the Guidelines will, as of April 1, 2002, be entitled use the newly created Support for MSF Release 1 Architecture logo. Non-member companies that support the Guidelines will be allowed to use the trademarked phrase Support for MSF Release 1 Architecture only.

"The launch of MSF's Release 1 Implementation Guidelines is a very big step for our Forum and the telecommunications switching industry as a whole," contends Roger Ward, MSF president. "By moving to identify those companies that support a truly open, interoperable future network, we hope to give the industry a significant nudge in the right direction."

The MSF Release 1 Implementation Guidelines provide the first set (Release 1) of guidelines that service providers and their suppliers can use to enable the evolution of their networks toward a multi-vendor, multiservice switched network as documented by the MSF. The MSF expects to release revised sets of guidelines as the industry matures and successive Implementation Agreements (IAs) are deployed.

The right to use the Support for MSF Release 1 Architecture logo and trademark will be self-determined by each company based on the guidelines provided by the MSF. The MSF Release 1 Implementation Guidelines and a usage checklist can be found on the public side of the MSF website at http://www.msforum.org/techinfo/approved.html.

Both the Logo and Trademark can be found on the MSF Website at www.msforum.org. To download either the Logo or Trademark, companies must first read and sign a licensing agreement. After clicking on the "I Agree" button, MSF members may download both the Logo and Trademark--non-members will be permitted to download only the Trademark.

For more information about the MSF (Fremont, CA) and its members, visit the MSF web site at www.msforum.org.


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