internet technology over the next five to 10 years. Headquartered at Tsinghua University, the “future internet technology infrastructure” connects 40 of the country’s leading research universities with huge bandwidth and far lower latency than the existing internet, according to state news agency Xinhua.
It will serve as a backbone network for the China Environment for Network Innovations (CENI), a national research facility connecting the largest cities in China, to verify its performance and the security of future network communications technology before commercial use. When completed in 2023, the CENI facility will become a prototype “future internet” connecting to almost everything – from computers at home to cars on the street – for seamless communications in an AI-driven society.
“We will throw a lot of punches at it. The future internet must be able to stand firmly against attacks. It matters to the foundation of our national security,” said a computer scientist involved with the project at Tsinghua who asked not to be named, due to the project’s sensitivity.