The chief of the next-generation internet project hopes for a positive response from telcos within the next month to its desire for a more flexible attitude to tariffs and service provision.
“The international [telecommunications] community do seem prepared to talk about [NGI’s] proposals,” says chief Tone Borren. Key to these proposals is treating internet connections more like an extensive LAN with a “rental” charge for a large pipe to be used according to demand, than a point-to-point connection “run like a leased line”.
The NGI consortium held its first meeting of the year on February 13. Borren received approval for a timetable that will see a rollout of a national NGI network before the end of this year. A trial network should be up within six weeks, Borren says.