Next Generation Internet

What Does Next Generation Internet Mean?

Next Generation Internet (NGI) is a U.S. government initiative geared toward improving, enhancing and revolutionizing the Internet and its back end networks and infrastructure.
NGI was launched to develop faster and more reliable, secure and robust Internet. NGI launched in 1996 and was completed in 2002.


Techopedia Explains Next Generation Internet

The NGI program included multiple initiatives focused on building and delivering a more advanced version of the Internet that what existed in 1995. NGI key deliverables included the design and build of network communication architecture providing enhanced levels of data access, human communication and productivity and achieving substantially faster Internet bandwidth speeds. The entire program was divided into three separate goals, each with separate objectives, as follows:

Experimental Research for Advanced Network Technologies: Incorporated all attributes of network growth engineering, quality of service (QoS) benchmarks and Internet security and access control techniques
High Performance Connectivity: Focused on network management, infrastructure, interconnection and other network connectivity services
Revolutionary Application: Focused on the development of superior applications that operate seamlessly over networks/the Internet and enhance current application capabilities Moreover, subgoals of the NGI program included the development and implementation of IPv6 and achieving terabits per second (Tbps) network speed, both of which were completed.


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