New Zealand needs a next-generation internet network and it needs it in the next 12 months.
That's the gist of a report, titled Collaborating at Speed: Innovation Infrastructure for a Knowledge Economy, prepared last month for the NGI steering group of InternetNZ. The report, released in draft form last month, has been formally ratified by the next-generation internet (NGI) group this week.
Among its recommendations are that a 2.5Gbit/s NGI network be established and that an NGI consortium be set up to oversee the network.
A key difference between existing NGI networks overseas and the one proposed for New Zealand is that commercial traffic will be allowed on New Zealand's network.
The biotechnology, agri-science and telemedicine sectors have been identified as key users of such a network.
As for funding, government help is called for, with the final funding mix open-ended at this stage.
NGI steering group chair Neil James says the final report differs little from the draft, apart from changes to a couple of recommendations.