Full steam ahead for NGI consortium

The Next Generation Internet consortium has been taken aback by the high level of interest from organisations wanting to provide network services.

The Next Generation Internet consortium (NGI) has been taken aback by the high level of interest from organisations wanting to provide network services.

Chief executive Tone Borren says the consortium was pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest in its request for information.

"We had our request responded to by a number of organisations, and had a good mix of incumbents and newcomers. We're in the evaluation stage at the moment."

Borren declined to name the respondents, or to say how many there were, but hopes to announce which company has been chosen by the end of May.

"We have received offers, we're evaluating and we're sending back questions and we've had presentations from some of them. We have a number of draft business cases that show where we are and we've been talking to the government, who've shown a lot of interest."

Borren says the government is still working out which of the various departments would be responsible for working with the NGI in the future, but that everything is going according to plan.

"We expect to have something up and running by September. Things are going extremely well."

The NGI consortium was born out of an InternetNZ working group that was set up to try to ensure New Zealand wasn't forgotten by those countries and companies working on projects like Internet2 or the US based National Laboratory for Advanced Network Research (NLANR).

Several projects are being developed world wide but New Zealand is not yet physically connected to any of them. The NGI consortim hopes to change that.

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