Fragments - The Internet Protocol Journal, Volume 15, No. 1

NIXI to Run New NIR in India

March saw the launch of a new National Internet Registry (NIR) for India, following the successful conclusion of talks between the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and the Government of India.

The Indian Registry For Internet Names And Numbers (IRINN) will be run by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and serve ISPs within the country that wish to sign up. It is the result of a long collaboration between APNIC and NIXI, with APNIC staff sharing their expertise with NIXI, and NIXI officials putting together an impressive technical installation in preparation for the launch. The new registry was announced on the final day of APNIC 33, a technical conference conducted in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT 2012).

APNIC Executive Council Chairman, Akinori Maemura said of the announcement, "We are extremely happy that this process is heading towards a positive conclusion; which, on the other hand, is also a commencement of a new relationship. I would like to thank the NIXI team for their support and the hard work they have demonstrated in making this a reality."

Director General of APNIC, Paul Wilson commented, "We welcome the new National Internet Registry in India to the APNIC community. The Internet is a global community and IRINN, as the NIR is being called, should be part of that. I hope that many new Internet Services Providers will be formed in India, and they will always be able to choose between IRINN and APNIC for IP addresses. The market here is big enough and that kind of diversity will ensure better services and lower prices for all Indians."

APNIC has over 300 members locally, mostly Internet Services Providers and Telecommunication Communications companies, and over 6 million Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses were allocated in 2011. There are already 6 National Internet Registries in Asia in South Korea: (KISA KRNIC), Japan (JPNIC), China (CNNIC), Indonesia (IDNIC), Vietnam (VNNIC) and Taiwan (TWINIC). This is out of 56 economies in the Asia Pacific region.

"It's really about what is a better fit for the individual organizations. Typically we tend to see larger organizations prefer a regional service, especially those who operate in multiple economies to maintain an account with APNIC," said Paul Wilson.

NIXI is a not-for-profit organization, set up for peering of ISPs among themselves for the purpose of routing domestic traffic within India, instead of routing it through international peering points, thereby resulting in reduced latency and reduced bandwidth charges for ISPs. NIXI is managed and operated on a neutral basis, in line with the best practices for such initiatives globally.

Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board Named

The Internet Society (ISOC) recently announced that in conjunction with its 20th anniversary celebration, it is establishing an annual Internet Hall of Fame program to honor leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet.

Inaugural inductees will be announced at an Awards Gala during the ISOC's Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, April 22–24, 2012,

"There are extraordinary people around the world who have helped to make the Internet a global platform for innovation and communication, spurring economic development and social progress," noted ISOC CEO Lynn St. Amour. "This program will honor individuals who have pushed the boundaries to bring the benefits of a global Internet to life and to make it an essential resource used by billions of people. We look forward to recognizing the achievements of these outstanding leaders."

ISOC has convened an Advisory Board to vote on the inductees for the 2012 Internet Hall of Fame inauguration. The Advisory Board is a highly-qualified, diverse, international committee that spans multiple industry segments and backgrounds. This year's Advisory Board members include:

  • Dr. Lishan Adam, ICT Development Researcher, Ethiopia
  • Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine
  • Alex Corenthin, Directeur des Systemes d'Information, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar/Chair, Internet Society Senegal Chapter
  • William Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
  • Mike Jensen, Independent ICT Consultant, South Africa
  • Aleks Krotoski, Technology Academic/Journalist/Author
  • Loic Le Meur, Founder & CEO, LeWeb
  • Mark Mahaney, Internet Analyst, Citigroup
  • Dr. Alejandro Pisanty, Professor at National University of Mexico/Chair of Internet Society Mexico Chapter
  • Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
  • Jimmy Wales, Co-founder, Wikipedia

"We are extremely grateful to our distinguished Advisory Board members who have donated their time, energy, and expertise to this program," St. Amour added. "The breadth of their experiences and the diversity of their perspectives are invaluable, and we truly appreciate their participation."

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