Japan eyes Internet replacement

Japan will start research and development on technology for a new generation of network that would replace the Internet, eyeing to bring the technology into commercial use in 2020, Japanese communications minister Yoshihide Suga , quoted by a Kyodo News report said.

The Kyodo News report also quoted Suga as saying that an organization will be set up as early as this fall with cooperation from businesses, academia and government offices for promoting the technology when the Internet is seen to be faced with increasing constraints in achieving higher throughputs of data as well as ensuring data security.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will seek 7.8 billion yen ($68.3 million) in budgetary appropriations in fiscal 2008, according to Suga.

The envisaged network is expected to ensure faster and more reliable data transmission, and have more resilience against computer virus attacks and breakdowns, the report said.

The ministry is hoping Japan will take a lead in development of post-Internet technology and setting global standards, a move that ministry officials believe would help make Japanese companies competitive in the global market for hardware and software using such technology.

Suga also said he will set up a task force early next month to oversee the transition from analog to digital broadcasting in July 2011.

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