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25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium
Promotes the standardization and improvement of the interfaces for the transmission of Ethernet frames at 25 or 50 Gigabit per second

3G Americas
Supported five major wireless technologies and their 3G migration (North America/South America) *Now 4G Americas

3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
Develops and maintains mobile (GSM) and radio access technology specifications (GPRS and EDGE)

ACLASS (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)
Provides accreditation and training to testing and calibration labs, inspection and certification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers

Advanced Switching Interconnect SIG (ASI SIG)
Developed and promoted a switched fabric interconnect standard *Dissolved and transferred its specifications and documentation to PICMG in 2007

Documented interoperability requirements for IP Telephony and Multimedia applications *Inactive

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
Develops and promotes telecom standards, operating procedures, and guidelines (North America)

AllSeen Alliance
Supports the development and adoption of open-source products, systems and services that support the Internet of Things

ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)
Provides accreditation to ISO/IEC 17021 certification bodies

App Quality Alliance (AQuA)
Develops and promotes the improved quality of mobile apps

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line Forum (DSL Forum)
Promoted DSL broadband adoption *Now the Broadband Forum

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Forum
Promoted the Asynchronous Transfer Mode and other broadband technologies *Now the Broadband Forum

ATM Local Telephony Alliance (ALTA)
Developed and promoted hardware and software solutions for local networks by using asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology *Inactive

Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF)
Developed and promoted technical and operating arrangements in the Australian communications industry (Australia) *Merged with Service Providers Association, Inc. to form Communications Alliance LTD

Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC)
Promotes the evolution of edge network architectures and computing infrastructures to support high volume data services for connected-vehicles

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Bluetooth SIG
Promotes the implementation of Bluetooth wireless technology

Broadband Forum
Develops and promotes broadband technology for telecommunications, computing, networking and service

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Cable Europe
Promotes digital TV, broadband internet and telephony collaborative services (Europe)

Develops new cable telecommunications technologies to facilitate interoperability

Car Connectivity Consortium
Develops and promotes open and common MirrorLink standards and smartphone solutions for the automotive industry

CDMA Development Group
Promoted development, adoption and standardization of CDMA wireless systems *Now the Mobility Development Group

Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
Develops positions on issues of importance to the wireless industry and promotes the expansion of the "wireless frontier"

China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
Develops and maintains standardization activities in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) (China)

Cloud Communications Alliance (CCA)
Promotes cloud standards and communications

ComCARE Emergency Response Alliance
Promotes lifesaving wireless communication networks and technologies *Now part of the Open Geospatial Consortium

Communications Alliance LTD
Promotes converging networks, technologies and services (Australia)

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
Promotes competitive and fair open markets, open systems, and open networks

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Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications Forum (DECT)
Promotes digitally enhanced cordless technology

Promotes economic growth and social progress in the EU (Europe)

DSL Forum (DSLF)
Promoted the development of broadband DSL *Now the Broadband Forum

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EEBus Initiative
Develops a connecting language to facilitate IoT interoperability for existing technologies, industries and markets

eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance
Developed and promoted high-performance networking equipment using multi-core processors

Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum (ECTF)
Promoted interoperability in the computer telephony industry *Inactive

European Telecommunications Informatics Services (ETIS)
Promotes improvement amongst telecommunications industry operators, suppliers and content suppliers (Europe)

European Telecommunications Platform (ETP)
Represented the European Telecommunications industry in the European regulatory framework (Europe) *Inactive

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
Develops telecommunications and wireless standards (Europe)

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Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Europe
Promotes the availability of fiber-based, ultra-high speed access networks to consumers and businesses (Europe)

FileTek, Inc.
Maintained large-scale storage virtualization and data management *Now Silicon Graphics, Inc

Frame Relay Forum (FRF)
Promoted the implementation of Frame Relay standards *Merged with the MPLS Forum in 2003 to form the MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance

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Global Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Industry Forum (GIIF)
Promoted the growth of the ISDN industry *Inactive since 2005

Global Organization for Multi-Vendor Integration Protocol (GO-MVIP)
Promoted the MVIP standard for the computer telephony field *Now Dialogic

Global Standards Collaboration
Promotes innovation and collaboration on a broad spectrum of standards topics

Global System for Mobile Association (GSMA)
Promotes the creation of a global wireless communications network

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High Tech Broadband Coalition (HTBC)
Promoted the development of broadband technology *Inactive

HiperLAN2 Global Forum (H2GF)
Supported the ETSI HiperLan2 wireless standard *Inactive

Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA)
Developed phoneline networking interoperability standards *Merged with HomeGrid Forum in 2013

HomeGrid Forum
Promotes adoption of Gigabit Home Networking through technical and marketing efforts

HomeRF Working Group (HRFWG)
Maintained a wireless network standard optimized for homes and small businesses *Dissolved in 2003

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IMS Forum
Develops and promotes the advancement of IP Multimedia Subsystem applications and services interoperability

Information and Communications Technology Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC)
Develops and promotes strategies for domestic and international standards development, implementation, and promotion for Canadian users, industry, and government (Canada)

Infranet Initiative
Promoted and developed infranet technologies *Inactive

Infrared Data Association (IrDA)
Develops specifications for infrared wireless communication

Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE)
Develops European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure

InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS)
Develops and promotes Information and Communications Technologies standardization

International Forum on ANSI41 Standards Technology (IFAST)
Promotes international interoperability between cellular systems and providers

International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA)
Promotes public standard hybrid interactive TV middleware

International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC)
Promotes telecommunications media

International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC)
Promoted packet-based network technologies and markets *Merged with the VoIP Group

International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC)
Develops and maintains standards in the news industry

International Telecommunication Union
Develops technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect

International Telework Association and Council (ITAC)
Promoted the benefits and expansion of working remotely *Now the Telework Advisory Group for WorldAtWork

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LoRa Alliance
Promotes the LoRa protocol for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global Internet of Things networks

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Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC)
Promoted interoperability across the hardware, software and wireless technologies and content providers involved in mobile imaging and printing *Inactive

Mobile Marketing Research Association (MMRA)
Promotes and develops professional standards and ethics for conducting marketing research on mobile devices

MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance
Promoted the deployment of multi-vendor, multi-service label switching networks and associated applications *Now the Broadband Forum

MultiFunction Products Association (MFPA)
Promoted the multifunction products industry *Inactive

Multiservice Forum (MSF)
Developed and promoted open-architecture, multi-service switching systems *Dissolved 2013

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National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
Promotes 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems and develops related standards and guidance (U.S.)

National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (NLETS)
Maintains and promotes a standardized, integrated justice and public safety network for the secure exchange of law enforcement information (U.S.)

Near Field Communication Forum (NFC Forum)
Develops and promotes near field wireless communication technology

Network Processing Forum (NPF)
Developed network processing standards for next-generation networking and telecommunications products *Merged with the Optical Internetworking Forum

Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF)
Develops and promotes interoperability standards in the test community

Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN)
Maintains a managed delivery program for mobile broadband services and develops services for the 5G ecosystem

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Open Group IT4IT Forum
Develops and promotes the IT4IT Reference Architecture for managing the business of IT

Open Identity Exchange (OIX)
Develops and promotes open identity technologies

Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
Develops and maintains specifications designed to enhance mobile communications industry interoperability and collects related market requirements

Open Mobile Terminal Platform Group (OMTP)
Promoted advanced mobile platforms *Dissolved and transitioned its activities to GSM Association in 2012

Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)
Promotes the development of Network Fuctions Virtualization (NFV)

Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC)
Develops and promotes user video-capable communications with interconnected service providers

OpenSocial Foundation
Promotes open technologies to create contextual experiences connecting employees, systems and information

Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)
Promotes the development and deployment of interoperable products and services for data switching and routing using optical networking technologies

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PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, Inc. (PICMG)
Develops system-architecture neutral PCI microcomputer standards

PRIME Alliance
Develops and promotes a narrowband power line standard for Smart Grid products and services

Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)
Promotes P25 standards and related technologies

ProTECTS Allianace
Promotes two-way satellite-based location, tracking and messaging technologies

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QuEST Forum
Develops and promotes operational and supply chain quality and performance

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RapidIO Trade Association
Develops and promotes the RapidIO Interconnect Architecture for high-performance packet-switched, interconnect technology

Russian Association for Networks and Services (RANS)
Promotes and coordinates the efforts of industry constituents in proposing technical and legal frameworks for developing ICT infrastructure and providing confidence & security in the use of ICT (Russia)

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Salutation Consortium
Promoted interoperability standards among devices, applications and services across paper management, telephony and computing domains *Dissolved in 2005

Develops and maintains an IP-based architecture for receiving and distributing satellite signals

Seamless Converged Communication Across Networks (SCCAN) Forum
Promoted the utilization of seamless mobility communications solutions *Inactive

Service Availability Forum (SAForum)
Develops and promotes availability and management software interface specifications

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Forum
Promotes the adoption of products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol

Small Cell Forum
Promotes the wide-scale adoption of small cell technologies

Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
Develops standards and provides technical training, certification and standards for cable telecommunication professionals

Speech Applications Language Tags Forum (SALT Forum)
Developed standards to enable multimodal and telephonic access to diverse data and services *Dissolved in 2003

Promotes the interchange of sports data through the use of XML

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TD Industry Alliance (TDIA)
Promoted the advancement of China's mobile telecommunication industry (China) *Inactive since 2013

Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC)
Develops and promotes standardization activities in the information and communications technology field (Japan)

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Promotes the communications and information technology industries

Telecommunications Information Networking Architecture Consortium (TINA-C)
Developed a common software architecture for telecommunications *Dissolved in 2000

Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA)
Promotes the advancement of technology

Telework Consortium
Promoted ultra-bandwidth telework for public and private sectors *Inactive

Third Generation Internet Protocol Forum (3G.IP)
Promoted IP based wireless systems for 3G mobile communications technology *Inactive

Third Generation Partnership Project No. 2 (3GPP2)
Develops global specifications for the evolution of the ANSI/TIA/EIA-41 Cellular Radiotelecommunication Intersystem Operations network to 3G

TM Forum
Promotes business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers

Trusted Electronics Communications Forum (TECF)
Developed and promoted standards for technology, best practices, and prosecution against phishers *Inactive since 2004

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Ultra Low Energy (ULE) Alliance
Develops and promotes ultra low energy technology

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Voice over IP Security Association (VOIPSA)
Promotes VoIP and Information Security issues and concerns

VoiceXML Forum
Promotes the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML)

VXIbus Consortium
Develops and promotes an open standard platform for commercial ATE systems

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Develops and promotes the Weightless network technology standard in M2M communications

Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) Forum
Developed standards for wireless information and telephone services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals *Now the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)

Wireless Innovation Forum
Develops deployment and use of open architectures for advanced wireless systems

Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) Forum
Promotes interoperability standards for broadband wireless access

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