China pushing Internet 2.
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently gave an acceptance certificate to an academic network called CERNET2 that connects 25 Chinese universities in 20 cities across the country. CERNET2 is at the leading edge of the development of China's next-generation Internet (CNGI), which has become the world's largest single Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) network.
China appears to be at the leading edge of IPv6 development--Japan and Korea are still in the research stage and U.S. efforts are being driven by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, which is keeping its efforts mostly secret. China expects its R&D work to minimize its reliance on foreign companies for core technologies. New technologies for IPv6 are being developed by domestic Chinese companies.
CERNET2 became operational in late-2004 with five Chinese telecom operators currently building national IPv6 networks. China Mobile expects to launch a trial IPv6 network by the end of 2006. In 2005, 25 domestic Chinese research organizations and companies formed an industrial alliance to facilitate the commercialization of IPv6 technologies. The Next Generation Internet (NGI), however, is expected to take somewhat longer to develop even within China, since CERNET2 is focused primarily on academic research. IPv4 and IPv6 are expected to coexist for some time into the future.
* National Development and Reform Commission, www.chinacp.com/eng/cporg/cporg_ndrc.html