Committees & Forums

AIDC: Automatic Identification & Data Capture Committee

AIDC delivers solutions to simplify receiving, shipping, transportation and tracing processes for telecommunications products. Its work helps the industry achieve greater efficiencies in transactions between companies and throughout the global supply chain.

AIDC delivers essential guidelines for common shipping labels, product marking labels, RFID tagging, product changes and software issuance standards. It also acts as a critical liaison with several groups to ensure integration of U.S. and global standards. More

ESIF: Emergency Services Interconnection Forum

ESIF develops Next Generation 911 (NG911) and location accuracy requirements and solutions and is where the industry comes together in a voluntary open forum to identify and resolve technical and operational issues to facilitate interconnection of emergency services networks with other networks (e.g., wireline, cable, satellite, Internet, etc.). ESIF members comprise industry, government, standards, and public safety organizations. More

INC: Industry Numbering Committee

INC is recognized as the industry’s only open forum for addressing and developing solutions for numbering issues. Currently, it is where steps to address numbering issues associated with the PSTN transition are being identified. INC is a key industry venue for addressing and resolving all industry-wide issues associated with planning, administration, allocation, assignment and use of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) numbering resources within the NANP area. INC guidelines and recommendations are used by the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), the Number Pool Administration (PA), and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the management of numbering resources. More

IOC: International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) Oversight Council

IOC is an open industry council of telecommunications companies and other organizations with a direct interest in the management of IMSI codes—the critical 15-digit number used within mobile phones that allows service operators to identify mobile terminals for purposes of international roaming. The IOC oversees the management of IMSI codes that have been assigned to the United States and its possessions as authorized by the U.S. Department of State since 1996. More

NGIIF: Next Generation Interconnection Interoperability Forum

NGIIF addresses next-generation network interconnection and interoperability issues associated with the industry’s emerging technologies and latest innovations. It develops operating procedures that involve the network aspects of architecture, disaster preparedness, installation, maintenance, management, reliability, routing, security and testing between network operators. Call completion is an area of emphasis. More

NRSC: Network Reliability Steering Committee

ATIS is home to a key set of industry advisors on the health of the nation’s communications networks. NRSC provides timely consensus-based technical and operational expert guidance and best practices to all segments of the public communications industry. Employing a proactive approach, it collaborates and holds quarterly meetings with the FCC to help minimize the number of agency rule-makings and mandates. More

OBF: Ordering and Billing Forum

OBF creates the collaborative standards and solutions that ensure accurate billing for the industry’s core services as well as emerging innovations. It is the industry’s go-to resource for resolving key issues and creating ordering, billing, provisioning and exchange of information solutions about access services as well as other connectivity between telecommunications customers and providers. More

PTSC: Packet Technologies and Systems Committee

PTSC develops standards related to services, architectures, signaling, network interfaces, next generation carrier interconnect, cybersecurity, and government emergency telecommunications service within next generation networks. As the network transitions to all-IP, PTSC will evaluate the impact of this transition and develop solutions and recommendations where necessary to facilitate and reflect this evolution. More

SNAC: Systems SMS/800 Number Administration Committee

SNAC resolves issues impacting existing toll free products and services and evolving technologies affecting the future of the toll free industry. SNAC is made up of members representing providers and users of the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800). It provides recommendations to the owner/manager of the SMS/800 regarding design and management issues that have a direct effect on the system users. SNAC maintains the Industry Guidelines for Toll Free Number Administration, and is a leader in developing standards and procedures for the interaction between Resp Orgs, Customers, and Service Providers. More

STEP: Sustainability in Telecom: Energy and Protection Committee

STEP helps reduce information and communications technologies’ environmental impact as well as operators’ energy costs and addresses industry power and protection issues by delivering industry-developed solutions. STEP deliverables are enabling vendors, operators and their customers to deploy and operate more reliable, environmentally sustainable, and energy efficient communications technologies. More

SYNC: Synchronization Committee

SYNC develops and recommends standards and solutions related to telecommunications network technology pertaining to network synchronization. More

TMOC: Telecom Management and Operations Committee

When the industry needs collaborative solutions to address its communications network operations and management challenge, it relies on the TMOC. TMOC develops operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning standards as well as other critical documentation related to Operations Support System (OSS) and Network Element (NE) functions and interfaces for communications networks. More

WTSC: Wireless Technologies and Systems Committee

WTSC develops wireless radio access, system, and network solutions related to wireless and/or mobile services and systems. WTSC develops and continues to enhance solutions necessary to support a U.S. public warning system and wireless emergency alert system. ATIS is the 3GPP North American partner, and WTSC provides critical technical review and input for necessary contributions. More

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