NORDUNET was organized to provide communication for reseaech and educational institutions in Nordic Countries. It is a result of collaboration of Nordic countries in the beginning of 1980s.
To operate an international network to give services to national networks in the Nordic countries and to international networks of interest to the company and its shareholders.
Philosophy: to allow all networks of the Nordic countries to meet in backbone in Stockholm and to have then connectivity to Europe and US networks. So, we have to provide connectivity for all Internet in the world. The main lines are 1-4 Mbps.
Addressing to the theme of today's workshop, we should say that several Nordic countries are neighbors of Russia and other countries of fSU. So,
Certainly, we can discuss with you a problems of backbone we heard of this morning because we have had identical discussion both in the countries and the central office. There are also 6 or 8 commercial networks meet with NORDUnet in Stockholm. And it works excellently in good harmony because it provides a connectivity for everyone but nobody controls anybody with open access.
Secondly, we have an experience that if you don't carefully regulate network connections and have too many links to too many places, then you have a network that cannot be managed. So if we are looking for a connection to Russia or to other state, this connection should be a part of overall plan.
In NORDUNET we say the network is set up to serve research that means that we give access to all possible networks. On the other hand, the network is not to set up to serve any commercial activity. So, we are ready to connect any commercial network, but we do not set up to transmit commercial traffic from commercial network through NORDUnet to other commercial networks. So, we cannot provide a connectivity for commercial networks.