ATIS, a leading global standards and solutions development organization for the ICT industry and the North American partner to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and 4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing LTE mobile broadband technologies including LTE-Advanced and beyond to 5G, today announced their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement’s goal is to facilitate alignment of the organizations’ common technological and policy efforts in the field of mobile broadband communication.
Signed by ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller and 4G Americas President, Chris Pearson, the MoU outlines the terms for knowledge-sharing and exploring opportunities to work together on topics of importance to the wireless industry. These include the evolution to 5G, wireless emergency alerting, text to 9-1-1, mobile device theft prevention and network functions virtualization/software-defined networking.
“This agreement reflects a shared vision of key industry initiatives. Collaboration is central to ATIS’ model of bringing the ICT industry together to achieve strategic business and technical imperatives,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “I am extremely confident that our alignment with 4G Americas will increase the momentum to advance the network toward its 5G future, help identify smartphones reported stolen, accelerate the delivery of critical emergency communications and more.”
Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas stated, “As the mobile broadband industry progresses at a rapid pace toward 5G and NFV solutions, it is becoming increasingly important to cooperate with other major associations regarding critical common areas of interest to ensure there is no technical fragmentation. 4G Americas is committed to advocating for the advancement and full capabilities of the 3GPP technologies and their evolution to 5G to transform connectivity in our society. As a leading association for the Americas region on 5G, 4G Americas looks forward to working with ATIS on important issues and opportunities facing the industry.”
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry's most pressing business priorities. ATIS' nearly 200 member companies are currently working to address the All-IP transition, network functions virtualization, big data analytics, cloud services, device solutions, emergency services, M2M, cyber security, network evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle - from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.
ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.
About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Mobile Broadband Technology
4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of the 3GPP family of mobile broadband technologies, including LTE-Advanced and beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the success of 3GPP technologies and their No. 1 place in the region. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. More information is available at http://www.4gamericas.org or http://www.twitter.com/4gamericas and http://www.facebook.com/4gamericas.
4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, HP, Intel, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.