The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), an agency of the Organization of American States (OAS) responsible for telecommunications standardization in Central and South America, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), on behalf of Accredited Standards Committee T1 (Committee T1), recently signed a Cooperation Agreement, formalizing a collaborative relationship on standards development activities.

The Cooperative Agreement is one of a growing number of similar agreements that ATIS and Committee T1 have established with telecommunications standards development organizations worldwide. These agreements formalize longstanding relationships that spur global harmonization of standards work. Committee T1 has been an associate member of CITEL and has been involved in CITEL's Working Group on Standards Coordination for approximately 10 years. Their work together includes efforts supporting Intelligent Networks, Number Portability, Common Channel Signaling, ISDN, Internet Protocol (IP) Access, and most recently "Next Generation Networks".

"The Cooperative Agreement supports a collaboration between Committee T1 and CITEL for the exchange of information and cooperation in future standards development,” said Susan Miller, president and CEO of ATIS. "Committee T1 and CITEL have a long-standing relationship, and we are proud to formally recognize and celebrate our joint efforts. It is important that we continue to foster an environment that strongly supports cooperation and openness in standards development, in order to ensure industry consensus and acceptance of reliable, durable standards that support the needs of an increasingly global industry."