The forum that was formed earlier this month from the dissolution of Juniper's Infranet Initiative Council now has a name and leadership. The IPsphere forum arose after critics complained that the IIC was more about promoting Juniper than promoting IP.

The new body has active participation from the likes of Cisco and Alcatel and has broadened its remit. The IPsphere Forum is a member-funded association focused on the "business of IP" and coordinating efforts to develop the architecture for an IP infrastructure able to support service provider and network user business/service models. The companies represented include BT, France Telecom, Huawei, Lucent Technologies, Red Zinc, Siemens, T-Com, Telenor, and Tellabs.

The officers are Chair Kevin Dillon of Juniper Networks; Vice Chair Monique Morrow of Cisco; Secretary Omar Elloumi of Alcatel; and Treasurer Tom Walsh of Lucent.