LONDON Two leading industry associations, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Network Processing Forum (NPF), are to merge in a move they say will make both a stronger force by bringing component and systems issues closer together.
The merger is expected to be completed by June and the combined group will retain the OIF name.
Building on common areas of technical work, interests and membership base, the two forums will merge the NPF's technical committee work into the existing technical committee of the OIF. The two groups will meet jointly next month in Athens, Greece.
Joe Berthold of Ciena and president of the OIF said the merger “will enable us to provide a broader scope of activities to our members, and bring greater depth to our interoperability and benchmarking work."
Chuck Sannipoli of IP Infusion and chairman of the NPF added: "A combined group will cast a wider net for participation in the creation and adoption of Implementation Agreements. The synergy amongst component and system vendors and network providers will be much stronger as a result."