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NGI-NZ Joins Internet2 in Intl. Collaboration

Press Release

28 January 2004

NGI-NZ Joins Internet2 in International Collaboration

NGI-NZ has taken a further step towards establishing an international advanced network for research and education through a recent agreement with Internet2® in the United States.

NGI-NZ CEO Mr Tone Borren announced that NGI-NZ and Internet2 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly collaborate on the development of next generation internet technologies and applications.

“We are very pleased to announce this significant step for the NGI-NZ Society,” said Mr Borren. “It puts us in a strong position to provide international advanced network service for our growing membership. It effectively makes us part of this important international community.”

Internet2 is a consortium of 205 United States research universities established to further US leadership in research and higher education. It’s high-speed backbone network, Abilene, provides interconnection to more than 200 research and education agencies throughout the US.

“The relationships and interconnections that Abilene can provide will be very important to our science and research community in enhancing collaboration through a high speed network,” said Mr Borren.

Internet2 President and CEO, Douglas Van Houweling echoed Mr Borren’s comments on the recent agreement.

“High-performance research and education networks are enabling scientists, faculty and students on our campuses to work together and learn in ways that aren't possible without advanced networking. This agreement between NGI-NZ and Internet2 will greatly enhance the potential for collaboration between the research and education communities of the U.S. and New Zealand and we look forward to the development of New Zealand's high-speed network.”

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Led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and government, Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today’s Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2, visit:

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