New internet call reiterated

New Zealand needs a next-generation internet network and it needs it in the next 12 months.

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.

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