Cisco and the NREN community

In the past a strong partnership existed between the NREN-community and the large vendors of Internet equipment, like Cisco. The relation was not just one of supplier and customer, but there was joint development, trial of new technologies by the NREN-community and even joint standardisation work. In the last 5 to 10 years this is much less the case. This text attempts to explain why this is so, as well as examine possible ways forward.