TIA to Merge with QuEST Forum
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) reached an agreement to merge with QuEST Forum, a global association dedicated to quality and sustainability in the information communication and technology (ICT) industry. The move is part of a strategic effort to offer support and services that address a full range of needs facing the connectivity industry.

QuEST Forum is joining with TIA to form a single technology association that will aim to accelerate connectivity and address the business, technology and industry transformation needs of its members. This holistic approach, which includes standards, common performance and quality metrics, supportive public policies and market alignment, is essential to delivering the internet of things (IoT), smart cities and the network transformation needed for virtualization, network functions virtualization/software-defined networking (NFV/SDN) and transition to the cloud.

“This merger expands our ability to deliver member value across the full spectrum of business, technology and policy needs,” said Wesley Johnston, TIA CEO. “TIA is an established leader when it comes to technology and business acceleration, global standards development and business advocacy. QuEST Forum brings services and tremendous experience in global TL 9000 quality metrics, benchmarking and sustainability. Together, we will have even more resources and expertise to drive the ICT industry forward and help companies navigate the rapid pace of change.”

The new organization constitutes a global community of more than 500 members, engineering committee and partner organizations across the Americas, Europe-Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The merger is expected to create access to a wider market for the combined portfolio, and it positions the organization for long-term growth.

The merger is subject to the ratification of a definitive agreement and is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Once completed, the QuEST Forum community will become an active part of TIA.

Headquarters for the combined organization will be TIA’s current location in Arlington, Virginia. The combined organization will continue to have an office in Plano, Texas, where most of the current QuEST Forum staff is based, as well as a QuEST Forum location in Shenzhen, China.

The board of directors for both organizations will be combined into a single board. QuEST Forum CEO Fraser Pajak will take an executive role within TIA, directly reporting to CEO Johnston.

The TL 9000 standard is the telecom industry’s unique extension to ISO 9001. The QuEST Forum community within TIA will continue to develop, implement and enhance the TL 9000 quality management system, along with sustainability standards and performance practices.

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