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AARNet boosts capacity for scientific research in Australia and New Zealand

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AARNet announces the completion of the 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) southern path of the SXTransPORT submarine optical fibre ring connecting Australia to North America.

This completes the project to massively upgrade capacity and provide diversity for big data transport across the Pacific Ocean, supporting global collaborations and data-intensive research across a range of disciplines, such as climate science, radio astronomy and genomics, into the future.

“We’re pleased to be contributing to the expansion of vital global research network infrastructure,” said AARNet’s CEO Chris Hancock. “Built in partnership with Southern Cross Cable Networks, this second high-speed AARNet link across the Pacific adds capacity, diversity and redundancy to our network, further bolstering our international connectivity to ensure Australia’s, and New Zealand’s, participation in major international scientific research collaborations.” said AARNet’s CEO Chris Hancock.

Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Sydney through New Zealand and the Big Island of Hawaii on to Los Angles, this ultra-high-performance link complements the existing 40Gbps link from Sydney through Oahu to Seattle announced in June last year.

Both links then interconnect with the global research network infrastructure, and the global scientific community, through project partner, Pacific Wave’s peering exchange connection points located in Los Angeles and Seattle.

Built into this upgrade are plans to scale the networks to 100Gbps.

This announcement also comes on the heels of the announcement of AARNet’s new partnership with New Zealand advanced network REANNZ and Southern Cross Cable Networks to provide New Zealand scientists and researchers with access to ultra high-speed international connectivity as well as the general Internet.  The partnership means that New Zealand scientists and researchers will, for the first time, have capacity for big-data transport between New Zealand and the rest of the world.

 


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