[World News]: Beijing, Dec 27 : China has launched the first backbone network of the next-generation Internet, CERNET2, breaking US monopoly and allowing the Communist giant to dramatically narrow its gap with world leaders, officials and experts said today.
Eight departments of the Chinese Government said CERNET2 has become formally operational from December 25.
"We were a learner and follower in the development of the first generation Internet, but we have caught up with the world's leaders in the next-generation Internet, become a first mover, and won respect and attention from the international community," director of the expert committee of the China Education and Research Network (CERNET), Wu Jianping said.
CERNET2 is the biggest next-generation Internet network in operation in the world and connects 25 universities in 20 cities. The speed in the backbone network reaches 2.5 to 10 gigabits per second and connects the universities at a speed of 1-10 gigabits per second.
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You can thank the wave of anti-intellectualism washing over this country. I'm willing to bet that in 20 years, we'll be calling this the Century of the Dragon. They're gonna out-sell us, out-buy us, and out-think us. Don't say I didn't warn ya.