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Press Release from the GSM Association & The RIPE NCC

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  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 11:34:33 +0200
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The GSM Association and the RIPE NCC (R�seaux IP Europ�ens Network 
Coordination Centre), the European Regional Internet Registry have jointly 
agreed to the process to enable GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) roaming 
services to be supported by operators globally.

The GSM Association entered into discussions with the RIPE NCC earlier this 
year initiated by a proposal for infrastructure addresses to support GPRS 
roaming. The proposal was initially greeted with uncertainty within the RIPE 
community due to concerns over the amount of addresses requested - although as 
a result of subsequent meetings and clarification of existing address policies 
the GSM Association's proposal was modified and issues of concern have been 
addressed and resolved.

A key result of the discussion is that a task force - the GPRS Infrastructure 
IP Addressing Working Party - was formed with expertise from the IP/ISP 
community, the GSM/GPRS community and the RIPE NCC and already a constructive 
meeting of task force members has taken place.

At this meeting the GSM Association's members clarified their needs, ISPs 
raised their concerns and the RIPE NCC clarified its existing IP address 
allocation policies and procedures. The results of the task force meeting were 
presented to the overall RIPE community during its recent meeting and the 
principal results were as follows:

� Public IPv4 address space can be used in parts of the GPRS network 
� Existing IP address allocation policies and procedures apply
� Requests from mobile network operators can be sent directly to the RIPE NCC 
  or their data network backbone providers

These processes will be communicated to the global addressing community by the 
RIPE NCC for review  by the other Regional Internet Registries and their 
respective constituencies.  The GSM Association's IREG (International Roaming 
Experts Group) has initiated discussions with the RIPE NCC to clarify the 
existing process for obtaining these IP addresses. The RIPE NCC has already 
received IP address requests from GPRS operators as a result.

Address requirements for mobile devices are still not finalised and work 
continues on determining the needs of GPRS terminals and third generation 
mobile systems.

The results of the GPRS Task Force meeting can be found at:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Smith					Paul Rendek
Director of Communications			Communications Manager
The GSM Association				RIPE NCC
Tel: +44 207 659 0430				Tel: +31 20 535 4444
Fax: +44 207 659 0431				Fax +31 20 535 4445
Email: msmith@localhost				Email: rendek@localhost


Notes for Editors:

About the GSM Association:

The GSM Association is the world's leading wireless industry representative 
body, consisting of more than 450 second and third Generation network 
operators, satellite operators, key manufacturers & suppliers to the GSM 
industry, regulators and administrative bodies. Membership of the Association 
spans 150 countries and areas of the world.

The GSM Association is responsible for the development, deployment and 
evolution of the GSM system for digital wireless communications and for the 
promotion of the GSM platform. The Association's members provide digital GSM 
wireless services to more than 330 million* customers (end-June 2000) across 
five continents of the world.  The GSM system accounts for approximately 55 
percent of the world's wireless market, and 66 percent of the total digital 
wireless market.

About RIPE NCC (RIPE Network Coordination Centre):

The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) is one of 3 Regional Internet 
Registries (RIR) providing IP address allocation and registration services 
which support the operation of the Internet globally.

The RIPE NCC performs activities for the benefit of its membership; primarily 
activities that its members need to organise as a group, even though they may 
compete in other areas. The membership is primarily comprised of Internet 
Service Providers (ISP) and its service region incorporates Europe, The Middle 
East, Central Asia and African countries located north of the equator.

The services provided ensure the fair distribution of global Internet 
resources in the RIPE NCC service region required for the stable and reliable 
operation of the Internet. This includes the allocation of Internet (IP) 
address space, interdomain routing identifiers (currently BGP autonomous 
system numbers), and the management of reverse domain name space (currently and The RIPE NCC also provides services for the benefit 
of the Internet community at large including the development and maintenance 
of the RIPE Database, administrative support for the RIPE community, and the 
development and co-ordination of new projects.

The RIPE NCC currently supports over 2000 Local Internet Registries (LIRs) who 
collectively form the RIPE NCC membership. Membership is open to anyone using 
the RIPE NCC services. Visit:

About RIPE (R�seaux IP Europ�ens):

RIPE (R�seaux IP Europ�ens) is a collaborative organisation open to 
organisations and individuals, operating wide area IP networks in Europe and 
beyond. The objective of RIPE is to ensure the administrative and technical 
co-ordination necessary to enable operation of a pan-European IP network. RIPE 
does not operate a network of its own.

Currently, more than 1000 organisations participate in the work. The result of 
the RIPE co-ordination effort is that an individual end-user is presented with 
a uniform IP service on his or her desktop irrespective of the particular 
network his or her workstation is attached to. In November 1999, nearly 
10,000,000 hosts were reachable via networks co-ordinated by RIPE.

RIPE has no formal membership and its activities are performed on a voluntary 
basis, except the activities performed by the RIPE NCC. Most of the work 
happens inside several Working Groups. Each of these working groups has a 
mailing list where relevant topics and questions can be discussed. RIPE 
Working Groups meet 3 times a year during RIPE meetings. Visit:

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