Paris, France–Alcatel, Ericcson, Nokia, and Siemens today announced the creation of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). The objective of the new forum, according to the companies, is to formulate strategic research directions in the wireless field among industry and academia, and to identify, generate, and promote research areas and technical trends for mobile and wireless system technologies.
The forum will work closely with the UMTS Forum, ETSI, 3GPP, IETF, ITU, and other groups regarding commercial and standardization issues derived from research work.
The WWRF is open to all interested parties. Members are expected to contribute papers and ideas. In 2001, the forum will organize three working sessions and a workshop toward the end of the year.