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AARNet 4 update – rolling out the network

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AARNet 4 NTUs deliver multiple services

As the rollout of the core equipment supporting the AARNet 4 network continues, we have introduced a new Network Termination Unit (NTU) to facilitate connections to the new network. This equipment, which replaces the AARNet 3 CPE, is lighter-weight, faster and simpler – with more of the heavy lifting being done in the core of the network, when compared to AARNet 3. More critically, this equipment will be able to deliver more than just On-Net and Off-Net, but also private inter-campus services, connections to data centres and to cloud service providers.

Along with the new equipment and capabilities comes a new pricing scheme. It is important to recognise that the methods for calculating subscription charges, both On-Net and Off-Net subscriptions, remain unchanged. Reflecting the lower cost of the NTU, the price to customers for equivalent AARNet 4 services will be the same or lower in all cases.

Perhaps more importantly, we will now be able to bundle multiple 10Gbps services together to support greater than 10Gbps connections to campuses which require such throughput, and also plan to provide managed redundancy and other managed network services using the new equipment.

I am excited to report that we have already connected several customers to the network, who are not only benefiting from the new advanced capabilities but also from a new Customer Dashboard which provides much greater transparency with regard to network performance.

We expect to successfully connect many more customers in 2014 and 2015 – but we need your help! We have asked AAC representatives to consult with their stakeholders to assist us in prioritising connections in each state based on business need, and we look forward to your support in gathering this information.

For further information contact David.Wilde@aarnet.edu.au

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