GENBAND's Fred Kemmerer to head up ATIS Technology and Operations Council

ATIS has named Fred Kemmerer, the CTO of GENBAND, as the new chairman of its Technology and Operations (TOPS) Council.

Fred Kemmerer, GENBAND

Kemmerer

As a standing committee of the ATIS board of directors, TOPS focuses on various issues in the ICT ecosystem, ranging from end-user devices up to application services.

In a statement announcing his appointment, Kemmerer--an industry veteran who also served in a number of positions at Lucent and later Alcatel-Lucent--said that "unifying client architecture, cyber-security, PSTN transition and M2M communications" are the three key areas TOPS will continue to address in 2012.

As a telecom technologist with a background that spans everything from wireless, IP, multiservice switching and routing, next generation core networks, and broadband access, Kemmerer brings a lot to the chairman position.

One of Kemmerer's major roles at ATIS was serving as the chairman of its Policy Management Focus Group. Joined by members of other telecom service providers, vendors and IT providers, including Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU), AT&T (NYSE: T), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), HP  (NYSE: HPQ), Huawei, Juniper (NYSE: JNPR), Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Qwest--now CenturyLink  (NYSE: CTL)--and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), the group completed a 12-month study in 2010 to bring clarity on how to implement policy management.

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