NIXI optimistic about hi-tech panchayats

By : |January 31, 2012 0

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), a government-driven not-for-profit organization that facilitates exchange of domestic Internet traffic, is optimistic about high proliferation of Web hosting in the country. The organization also wants 250,000 panchayats in the country to go hi-tech with a Web presence.

In an interaction with CIOL, Dr Govind, CEO, NIXI, said that they have initiated Internet promotion drives through increased awareness programs. "We are undertaking initiatives through workshops and training programs in the regions where penetration of Internet is low," he said.

As the growth of traffic volumes increases the requirements on the network infrastructure, the standardization process of 100 Gbps Ethernet is under way. "Our roadmap is to increase the quantum of traffic exchanged from the present 13 Gbps to 100 Gbps by 2015," said Dr Govind.

Alarmed by the vulnerable spying threats, the government also plans a Rs 500 crore investment for building a secure communication network to be routed through NIXI. The project would facilitate deployment of pan-India network and network-based services for Internet telephony and messaging exclusively for the government.

Under NIXI, .IN Registry functions with primary responsibility of managing Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLDs). "Registration of .IN domain has crossed the one million mark in July, 2011. Presently, 87 Registrars have been accredited to offer .IN domain name registration worldwide to customers," he said.

The program helped in proliferation of Web hosting in the country and enhancement of Indian language content over the Internet, said Dr Govind. As the country’s wireline broadband is yet to reach out in rural regions, the organization, going forward, is optimistic about facilitating Web presence to 250,000 panchayats.

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