Friday, February 17, 2012
Apart from increasing Internet speed from 13Gbps to 100 Gbps by 2015, NIXI is beginning the process of international domain names registration in seven Indian languages, including Devanagari.
BANGALORE, INDIA: The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) is a government agency that facilitates exchange of domestic Internet traffic between the peering ISPs. Its CEO Govind in an interaction with CIOL speaks on department's roadmap for 2015, IPv6 upgrade and www.registry.in programme.
CIOL: What is the domestic Internet scenario in India? What are the steps that you are taking to safeguard small ISPs vis-a-vis large ISPs?
Govind: The domestic Internet scenario in India is unique with several large and small ISPs spread across a large geographical area. NIXI is a not-for-profit organization under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956. NIXI is managed and operated on a neutral basis, in line with the best practices for such initiatives globally. Presently, NIXI has 7 nodes operating in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
Equipment have also been deployed at three more nodes at Lucknow & Mohali (Chandigarh), Guwahati but ISPs are yet to start peering at these nodes. At the end of Nov 2011, there were around 164 operational ISPs, out of which 59 were category ‘A’, 58 were category ‘B’ and 47 were category ‘C’. By and large, category ‘A’ ISPs are connected at 4 metro cities only. Very few ISPs are connected at the nodes in state capitals other than metros.
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