An international consortium of hundreds of companies and users chartered to accelerate the use of ATM products and services by developing specifications and promoting the technology. The ATM Forum was responsible for development of a wide range of ATM standards. It worked in cooperation with standards bodies such as ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union), submitting to them proposed standards. In 2004 the ATM Forum was merged with the MPLS and FR Alliance, which in turn developed into the IP/MPLS Forum.
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