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FRAME RELAY FORUM ANNOUNCES NNI AGREEMENT

 FRAME RELAY FORUM ANNOUNCES NNI AGREEMENT
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Frame Relay


Forum announced today the ratification of a Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) implementation agreement for PVC-based frame relay networks. The agreement is highly significant to the frame relay market in that it provides, for the first time, a standard mechanism for any two frame relay networks to interoperate with each other. "The effect of this milestone agreement will be to extend to the geographic reach of frame relay networking by permitting both public-to-public as well as private- to-public network interconnections," said Alan Taffel, president of the forum and director of product marketing at Sprint Corp. "It paves the way for truly global frame relay services, with multivendor and service interoperability," he added.
 The NNI agreement is based upon a similar User-to-Network Interface (UNI) implementation agreement authored and approved by the forum earlier this year. The NNI agreement, however, addresses new areas such as bidirectional procedures for PVC management signaling and congestion control. The new agreement utilizes all applicable ANSI and CCITT standards, in keeping with the forum's commitment to standards.
 According to Rajiv Kapoor, chairman of the forum's Technical Committee and a product manager with AT&T's Data Communications Services unit, the agreement will now be forwarded to the OSI Implementor's Workshop (OIW), including the OIW's Asian and European arms, for ratification. It will also be submitted for inclusion into the Government Open Systems Interconnection Profile (GOSIP), as was done previously for the UNI agreement. GOSIP specifies requirements of U.S. government agencies for procurement of data communications products. This approach is likely to be followed by other industry forums, such as the ATM Forum.
 In addition to the above accomplishment, the forum's Technical Committee has also generated draft implementation agreements on Multiprotocol Interconnection over Frame Relay, and on Switched Virtual Connection (SVC) frame relay services. Earlier, a service description for frame relay Multicast had been developed. Protocol definitions of the service options contained in the latter description are currently being pursued.
 The Frame Relay Forum is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting the acceptance and implementation of frame relay based on national and international standards. While the forum is NOT a standards-making body, its technical committees provide liaison with the standards bodies such as CCITT, ETSI, ANSI and the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). The technical committees have prepared an Implementation Agreement for vendors, which is being used by standards groups as a basis of conformance testing.
 The forum now boasts over 80 member companies internationally with activities in Australia, Europe and North America. Forum membership is open to service providers, equipment vendors, users, consultants and other interested parties. For membership information please contact the forum at 415-962-2579.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Taffel, president and chairman, 703-689-5047; Rajiv Kapoor, financial committee chair, 908-949-0338; Elaine Kearney, executive director, 415-962-2552; all of the Frame Relay Forum/ CO: Frame Relay Forum ST: California IN: CPR SU:


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