Submitted Proposals

Organization: PTS, The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency
Title :
69. Public-Private Partnership – Swedish experience of establishing Robust Electronic Communication Networks
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
Background information
On January 30th, 2008 India and other countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka suffered from an Internet disruption from a cable failure. The problem was traced to two submarine cable systems located between Alexandria, Egypt, and Palermo, Italy in the Mediterranean Sea that were cut. This resulted in that India and countries across the Middle East experienced slow Internet connections and disruption to international calls to the U.S. and Europe.

Importance and Relevance to IGF
This Best Practice forum is intended to demonstrate the importance of public-private partnership in establishing national robust electronic communication networks, networks that are a prerequisite for a robust Internet service. In Sweden the state (through the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency), telecom operators, the power sector etc. have come together in different partnership projects in order to work with robustness and preparedness issues in electronic communication in times of severe disruptions. The partnership is based on a volunteer participation. It is a public-private partnership where both parties are willing to venture money and resources, one-sided public-private partnership have a tendency to fail.

The Best Practice Forum will focus on measures in the area of physical and logical Internet infrastructure as well as on personal networks that have been set up in order to sustain the robustness or mitigate the consequences of a disruption. Measures and public-private partnerships for strengthening the physical Internet infrastructure concern for instance redundant power-supply, optical fibers and rock-shelters. Measures for strengthening the logical Internet infrastructure include correct time and frequency through central placed NTP-servers free of charge, as well as the deployment of DNSSEC on ccTLD level. Studies have also been carried out concerning the reliance and the dependence on a functioning Domain Name System and the Border Gateway Protocol for a functioning Internet in Sweden.

The Best Practice Forum will present some of the public-private partnership projects that exist in order to achieve more robust electronic communications. Different actors involved will give their point of view of the partnership from scratch up today. Examples of public-private partnerships that will be presented are given below:

  • The Swedish Telecommunications Crises Management Coordination Group (NTSG consists of 12 big actors such as ISPs and power supply operators)
  • MIMER-P (Multi Purpose Information Management and Exchange for Robustness Prototype) – an EU project for a common picture of the stability of the infrastructure which will be disseminated among European countries
  • Redundancy measures (physical and logical – rock shelters, power supply, cables, time and frequency clock servers, Internet exchange points)
  • Regular National Crises Management Excercises

  • This Best Practice Forum adheres to the Tunis agenda’s paragraph 45 concerning the importance of security, continuity and stability of the Internet and other ICT networks from threats and vulnerabilities. Moreover, the Best Practice Forum adheres to the Tunis agenda concerning exchanging information and best practices accordingly to paragraph 72 d.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
Organisations that have accepted our invitation to participate in the panellist are:

  • Telia Sonera (the largest telecom operator in Sweden and Finland, Mr. Roland Johansson)
  • Netnod, the Operator of the National Internet Exchange Point in Sweden (Mrs. Nurani Nimpuno)
  • SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (Mr. Håkan Nilsson)
  • The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Mr. Jonny Nilsson, Mr. Fredrik Engvall, Mr. Anders Rafting and Ms. Erika Hersaeus– all involved in different public-private partnerships)

  • TeliaSonera is the largest telecom operator in Sweden (and Finland) and is part of both MIMER-P and NTSG. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden develops and disseminates technology to assist the development and competitiveness of industry, to improve safety in society, to support sustainable development and to help protect the environment in Sweden. SP provides with Measurement Technology and National Time Scale and Distribution of Time in Sweden.

    Netnod operates Internet exchanges (national and international) in five cities in Sweden, as well as one of the 13 root DNS servers on the Internet (the I root).

    The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) is the national regulator and monitors the electronic communications (telephony, Internet) and the postal sectors in Sweden.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
PTS, The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, is the organiser of the best practice forum. A meeting room for 75 persons is of interest.

A major Internet operator, an international Internet exchange point operator (the eight largest in the world), a research institute and the telecom regulator will give their different points of views and experiences of establishing robust Internet infrastructure.

Concerning the Best Practice forum’s geographical diversity one of the partnership projects (MIMER) is going to be disseminated across Europe in the year of 2008. The project is one of the largest financed EU projects on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) ever.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
This Best Practice Forum will also include tough experienced challenges and how they have been dealt with; for instance in the Swedish Telecommunications Crisis Management Group and in the MIMER-P project. Considering that Sweden was one of the first countries in Europe to deregulate its national telecommunications market in 1993, the Swedish electronic communications market today has many competing operators. To gather normally competing companies in order to strive towards a common goal and to collaborate in times of a crisis has not been trivial.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

The Best Practice Forum adheres for instance to the Tunis agenda’ s paragraph 45 concerning the importance of security, continuity and stability of the Internet and other ICT networks from threats and vulnerabilities.

Moreover, the Best Practice Forum adheres to the Tunis agenda’s paragraph 72 d when it comes to sharing experience and best practices.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
PTS has arranged national crisis management exercises on a regular basis since a couple of years and seminars within NTSG with corresponding international groups in order to exchange experience within public-private partnerships for establishing national robust electronic communications.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
No, this is the first time PTS arranges a seminar on IGF. A meeting room of the size of 75 persons is of interest.