Cernet2 is anticipated to expand to cover 100 universities.
Cernet committee director Wu Jianping said in an interview with China Daily, "We were a learner and follower in the development of the first generation Internet, but we have caught up with world's leaders in the next-generation Internet, become a first mover, and won respect and attention from the international community."
The impact of China's educational network online puts the country into the digital race globally and may be extended to industry and even consumers, some experts say.
Cernet2 is the first network based on pure Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) technology.
The move into IPv6 gives China the edge on Internet IP addresses, allowing it to add significant address numbers. In the USA, IP addresses number 4 billion, or 74% of the world's total.
Cernet2 was funded by the China Next-generation Internet Fund (CNGI). The fund was set up by the National Development Reform Commission to support six next-generation Internet networks. CNGI's capital stood at $169USD million at the time the network's deployment was announced Monday.
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