China has completed the development of a new Internet network, the largest of its kind in the world. The China Next Generation Internet (CNGI) is a project initiated by the government to position the country at the leading edge of the Internet’s technological developments – with IPv6 at its heart.
CERNET 2 – the official name for China’s Education Research Network – already counts six core networks, 59 nodes in 22 cities, 2 international switching centers in Beijing and Shanghai, and an IPv6 trial at 273 Customer Premises Networks (CPNs). In addition, high-speed connections have been realized with international next generation Internet backbones – US Internet2, EU GEANT2 and APAN. Some of the links deliver 40 Gigabits (up to 1,000 times faster than the current generation) per second. China also showcased CNGI’s infrastructure at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Close to USD 100 million have been invested in CGNI and 619 domestic patents (5 foreign patents) have been applied for. Four national standards have been formulated; over 10 international standards drafts as well as over 10 industrial standards from organizations including the China Communications Standards Association have been submitted.
There is no doubt that China aims to position itself as a frontrunner in the race to build the next generation Internet network, owning rather than depending on intellectual property rights.