The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance and the TM Forum have signed a co-operation agreement to work together on optimized management systems and operations of the next generation of mobile networks. The co-operation between the two organizations will facilitate the delivery of solutions that directly address the operator needs in managing these networks.

The two organisations have agreed to work together on Operational Efficiency enhancements for next generation multi-technology networks in this joint project. Its key aims are to: define deliverables and timelines within the TM Forum to support the NGMN Operations Requirements for next generation mobile networks; address the wireless-wireline convergence aspects of the operational requirements; and under the umbrella of NGMN, achieve collaboration with other standards forums, e.g. 3GPP, in the area of NGMN Operations Requirements for next generation multi-technology networks.

"Self-optimising capabilities and standardized O&M systems are essential for the successful operations of next generation mobile networks," said Peter Meissner, Operating Officer of the NGMN Alliance. "We will work together with the TM Forum to ensure broad, industry-wide support and adoption of NGMN's requirements and use-cases in those areas for the benefit of the whole industry."

"With widespread broadband service all the way to the handset as next generation mobile networks will provide, scalability and customer satisfaction will be the keys to monetization of the network," said Keith Willetts, Chairman of the TM Forum. "Working with the NGMN Alliance will provide us with an invaluable set of requirements firsthand so that the standards that will enable cost effective and flexible operating environment are ready for the market, when the market needs them."