11 Dec 17

Netnod and IIS launch project to define and measure Internet connectivity option

In a new project, Netnod and the Internet Foundation in Sweden (IIS) will gather operators, technicians and other stakeholders to jointly define what constitutes Internet access. The purpose is to make it easier for both users and suppliers to know and agree on what is expected of the connection you buy.

An increasingly large sector of society depends on a stable Internet connection. Among the emergency services, this is specifically clear, where it can be a matter of life and death. As the importance of Internet connectivity increases, it is also important to know the exact characteristics of the connectivity you will receive when procuring Internet access.

At present, there are a large number of providers that provide Internet connectivity and offer a wide range of options. As a customer, it is difficult to know what one actually needs and gets. Today's focus is on speed, but there are other characteristics ​​that are important, such as security, stability, accessibility and new technology. Therefore, Netnod and IIS have launched a three-year project to provide, in consultation with suppliers, a detailed definition of what constitutes Internet access and to create a self-certification for Internet access.

The project consists of three parts that follow each other:

  1. Provide a clear definition of what constitutes Internet access (started). 
  2. Develop a measurement tool that customers and operators can use to measure Internet access.
  3. Introduce a self-certification that may be used by operators and public procurement entities.

What are the possibilities of such a project?

Defining the characteristics of Internet access will make it easier for both clients and suppliers because it will create clarity about the service that can be expected. With the help of the measuring tool that is to be developed, it will be possible to make sure you really get what you pay for. This also makes it easier for those who develop services to know how to design them from a technical perspective by giving a clearer picture of the communication opportunities and limitations of certain Internet access characteristics.

For both the private and public sectors, a definition and labelling of Internet access will facilitate and streamline procurement processes, especially with regards to public procurement.

Moreover, the definition and use of the self-certification will contribute to ensuring that critical services, such as emergency services, are guaranteed the Internet access required to perform effectively.

Do you want to know more?

Please contact the project manager, Nicola Rigo: nicki[at]netnod[dot]se to receive more information. 

Following the launch of the Internet Access project, Patrik Fältström, Netod’s Technical Director, has published an article on “Internet access and clean water: A lesson from history”. The article is available here.