New Zealand scientific community now has access to ultra high-speed network
SYDNEY, Australia, 23 July 2014 – AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) today announced a ground-breaking trans-Tasman partnership with REANNZ (Research and Education Network New Zealand) 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.
AARNet CEO Chris Hancock says strengthening the relationship between the scientific research communities of New Zealand and Australia will accelerate the research collaboration between both countries and open up new opportunities for scientists and researchers.
“We have been working towards this partnership with REANNZ and Southern Cross for some time now, and it’s a great exemplar of international research and education network collaboration delivering the benefits of scale to support our region’s participation in global research initiatives,” he says.
The partnership means 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.
This will allow New Zealand science and research to be at the leading edge of global research and have the same capabilities, be on par with their trans-Tasman peers,” says REANNZ CEO Steve Cotter.
“Our members now have the basic tools they have been lacking to submit proposals to conduct global research projects. The scope of projects that will benefit is exciting, including climate research, radio astronomy, participation in the international Square Kilometre Array project, medicine, genomics, National Science Challenges, and more.”
Southern Cross Cable Networks (SCCN) through its generous sponsorship of the Australian Research and Education Community in Australia, (SXTransPORT), has been providing high-speed international capacity between Australia and the US since 2003. Now upgraded to 40 Gbps, SXTransPORT will enable New Zealand researchers to access unique scientific instruments and to collaborate with their international counterparts at the same very high speeds.
Southern Cross CEO Anthony Briscoe noted that “Southern Cross is delighted to now be able to connect New Zealand’s scientific and research community to its exciting SXTransPORT sponsorship and was looking forward to assured success in New Zealand, just as it has been in Australia.
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AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the not for profit company that operates Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high capacity Internet and other communications services for the nation’s research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research.
REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd) is the not-for-profit Crown-owned company that owns and operates a high-speed, high-performance network and associated services for New Zealand’s education, research and innovation communities. Members include Univerisities, Crown Research Institutes, Wananga, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics. The REANNZ network supports the specialised needs of high-end science and research and links cross-institutional collaborative activities like the National Science Challenges and the Centres of Research Excellence.
For more information on AARNet, REANNZ and Southern Cross, please see:
Southern Cross: www.southerncrosscables.com
Jane Gifford, AARNet
+61 2 9779 6960
Sam Sargeant, REANNZ
+64 21 712 171
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