IP forum has new name, faces

The forum that was formed earlier this month from the dissolution of Juniper's Infranet Initiative Council now has a name and leadership.

IPsphere Forum's board members and officers include individuals representing Alcatel, BT, Cisco, France Telecom, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Lucent Technologies, Red Zinc, Siemens, T-Com, Telenor, and Tellabs.

The officer's are Chair Kevin Dillon of Juniper Networks; Vice Chair Monique Morrow of Cisco; Secretary Omar Elloumi of Alcatel; and Treasurer Tom Walsh of Lucent.

The IPsphere Forum is a member-funded association focused on the "business of IP" and coordinating efforts to develop the architecture for an IP infrastructure able to support service provider and network user business/service models. Juniper ostensibly formed the IIC to achieve the same goals but it lacked the participation of Cisco and Alcatel, and was viewed by some as dedicated more to Juniper marketing than to industrywide progress.

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