UK Network Operators' Forum Formed

UKIF launches the UK Network Operators' Forum

April 26, 2005

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LONDON -- The United Kingdom Internet Forum (UKIF) is launching the UK Network Operators' Forum (UKNOF) by holding its first seminar on Wednesday 25 May in London.

UKNOF will act as an open forum for operational, technical and engineering information exchange within the UK Internet industry, by means of presentations related to backbone and enterprise networking technologies and operational practices.

The Forum is targeted at CTOs, CEOs and network operations professionals representing organisations such as ISPs, Ethernet carriers, WiFi and VoIP operators, telecom companies and public sector bodies.

Chaired by Keith Mitchell, who in 1992, founded the UK's first commercial Internet provider PIPEX and served as Executive Chairman of the London Internet Exchange (LINX) from 1994 until 2000. He also became a founder investor and CTO of XchangePoint, a pan-European commercial provider of Internet interconnect and peering services, between 2000 and 2004, and has served as Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board and as a non-executive director of Nominet UK.

The objectives of UKNOF are to improve technical co-ordination between IP network operators within the UK and to enhance the efficiency and stability of the UK's network infrastructure.

In addition UKNOF will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice for network operation and security as well as acting as a co-ordinated point of contact with law enforcement agencies to take action on network security and abuse issues.

"UKNOF will create an open environment to enable participation for all players in the industry whether large or small, established or innovative." Said Keith Mitchell.

He continued. "The Forum will also help operators share and reduce the burden of keeping ahead of Internet security issues. UKNOF will promote and encourage the use of open, non-proprietary standards based upon IP technology for network operation and facilitate the eventual migration of UK network infrastructure to IPv6."

Jonny Mulligan, MD of UKIF said "The UKNOF initiative, operated under the umbrella of UKIF, will liaise with other network co-ordination bodies such as RIPE and NANOG in order to ensure that UK operators are kept up-to-date with the latest network security issues."

He continued. "We shall be holding a minimum of three UKNOF events a year and we expect a high participation level particularly within the 'working groups' which will be set-up to address specific networking issues."

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