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Internet2 Teams Up With India's National Knowledge Network

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Internet2 expects to formalize a relationship with its Indian counterpart this month.

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Internet2 expects to formalize a partnership with its Indian counterpart this month. Internet2 officials believe a collaboration with India's National Knowledge Network would be among its most robust relationships with foreign education and research networks.

Among research projects with budgets exceeding $100,000, there is more than $500 million in work already underway, but some observers would like to see funding for U.S.-India research rise into the billions.

As part of the arrangement, India will commit to invest in fiber-optic capacity to connect its $1.33-billion education-research network to international education-research networks. There also are plans to establish video services that will enable research teams working in the two countries to interact. Researchers will collaborate in areas such as agriculture, public health, and the arts.

"The work we have done has led up to an opportunity to make this collaboration a gold standard in joint efforts by two national research networks in support of research, education, and economic and social development," says Internet2 president H. David Lambert.

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