Updates from EU-China FIRE

China is a very large country pursuing its ICT infrastructure developments that could lead to pioneering implementations of future internet advanced technologies, as well as being a force to promote large-scale IPv6 deployment more critically than the EU due to lack of IPv4 resources.
Since Europe is investing substantially in Future Internet Research and Experiment (FIRE) and could benefit from exchange and experience from large scale deployment requirements in China, the EU-China FIRE project is exploring mutual benefit cooperation activities.

Survey on future internet technologies

CI-FIRE has just completed the EU-China FIRE survey on key technologies for the future internet, including international co-operation perspectives.

You can find this quick 5-question survey on the home page of the EU-China FIRE web site.

IPv6 and the future internet

One of the focus areas of EU-China FIRE is IPv6 development, which is expected to receive significant incentives through Internet of Things (IoT) developments, the increased use of mobile devices and the China 12th Five-year Plan. The next couple of years are critical for IPv6 development in China and quite promising for the IPv6 industry. By the end of 2015, 25 million users will be on IPv6.
In Europe, the focus is on promoting IPv6 to European internet service providers, such as France Telecom, Deutsche Telecom, Telefomica, Telecom Italia and BT, among others, to offer IPv6 services to European consumers.  The European Commission has launched new projects like "Governments enabled thru IPv6 (GEN)" and the IPv6 Observatory to monitor IPv6 roll-out after almost a decade of IPv6 support.

1st EU-China FIRE conference

The first EU-China FIRE Conference took place on 18 April 2014 in Beijing, China against the backdrop of the 2014 Global IPv6 & Next Generation Internet Summit.
This conference, on “EU-China IPv6 and Future Internet test beds”, brought together around 150 people interested in discussing and sharing experience on how to shape the future internet. The event featured major international speakers such as Gaogong Xie, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Serge Fdida from the University Pierre et Marie Curie. Discussions revolved around standards in future internet topics like IPv6 or IoT, challenges and best practices, as well as on test beds needs for 2020, with a specific focus on EU-China cooperation.

Discover more about EU-China FIRE 1st conference.