This worldwide network, which is actually composed of several smaller, regional 6bone networks, is run by the IETF IPng
Transition Working Group.
In addition, Akamai has formed partnerships with 27 leading European network providers, including: AboveNet UK, AUCS Communications Services, B2, Belgacom Skynet, BT plc, Cignal, CPRMarconi, EastNet France, eircomm, GTE, Hellas OnLine, Helsinki Telephone Corporation, IPNG
, Knoware, Madasafish, Netone, PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, QS Communications AG, Soros Foundation Hungary - C3, Switch, Telecom Italia, Teleglobe, Telenor, Telenordia, Telia, Unisource, and UUNET, an MCI WorldCom Company.
SunSoft and Netscape will also work together to develop future technologies and promote open standards, which include IPng
(Internet Protocol next generation), SKIP (simple key Internet protocol), SSL (secure sockets layer), and SHTTP (secure hypertext transport protocol).