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MobileIGNITE Approved as a Market Representation Partner for the Third Generation Partnership Project 2.

CHICAGO -- Relationships Now Established with Both Leading Mobile Standards Bodies Will Help Accelerate Fixed-Mobile Convergence Interoperability for Worldwide Markets

MobileIGNITE, the leading industry association fostering collaboration to accelerate fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), today announced that it was unanimously accepted as a Market Representation Partner in the Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) at their Organizational Partners meeting held in Miyazaki City, Japan.

The Third Generation Partnership Project 2 is a collaborative Third Generation (3G) telecommunications specification-setting project comprising North American and Asian interests. 3GPP2 will now look to MobileIGNITE, as a Market Representation Partner, for consensus market requirements in the area of FMC interoperability and applications. MobileIGNITE joins the current select group of 3GPP2 Market Representation Partners which currently include: CDMA Development Group, IPv6 Forum, and International 450 Association.

"It is an honor to be chosen as a 3GPP2 Market Representation Partner and provide the collective expertise of our member companies on FMC application interoperability to the 3GPP2 organizational partners," said Leo Nikkari, Executive Director, MobileIGNITE.

"The CDMA Development Group looks to 3GPP2 for technical standards for service providers implementing fixed-mobile convergence solutions, and we look forward to working with MobileIGNITE," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, which was the first MRP appointed to 3GPP2.

MobileIGNITE previously announced Market Representation Partner Status with 3GPP. Both 3GPP and 3GPP2 are working on finalizing Voice Call Continuity (VCC) standards for IMS based seamless handover between cellular circuit switched voice and voice over Wi-Fi in the IMS domain. MobileIGNITE counts an interoperability best practices and protocol implementation agreement work effort based on the VCC technical requirements from 3GPP and 3GPP2 as one of the key activities underway in its Interoperability Group. The output of this work will be made available to both 3GPP and 3GPP2 via the Market Representation Partner mechanism.

To view the 3GPP2 Release, go to: http://www.3gpp2.org/Public_html/News/MI_3GPP2_MRP.pdf

About MobileIGNITE

MobileIGNITE is an independent industry association of leading service providers and vendors that collaborate on accelerating the time to market for multi-vendor fixed-mobile convergence solutions that work in existing fixed and mobile networks with a smooth transition to the IP Multimedia System (IMS) environment. Key initiatives include interoperability best practices, market requirements development and liaison with industry standards organizations and other industry groups. Further information and application procedures may be found at www.mobileignite.org.
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