We work closely with research and education communities in the Asia Pacific to expand connectivity to the global research and education network infrastructure, removing barriers of geographical distance and enabling new education opportunities.
With our shareholder institutions’ growth into Asia in mind, we have had considerable success in making services available to institutions in South Asian nations, and in expanding the national research and education Network (NREN) model into the region. This includes support for the establishment of the Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN), and work to support the establishment of eduroam in the region, both with the assistance of European Commission funding.
As Australian institutions continue to strengthen strategic ties with their counterparts in the Pacific, AARNet seeks to duplicate the success seen in Asia. AARNet already connects a number of institutions in the Pacific, including The University of South Pacific and schools in the region, leveraging the transit of its cables through the islands and local satellite services. This strategy will aim to grow relationships into the region in line with Australian institutions’ activities in the Pacific and Australian foreign aid goals. It is not without its difficulties, as the Pacific Ocean covers 30% of the Earth’s surface, an area almost 15 times the size of Europe. As we know, telecommunications challenges increase with distance, however improvements in technology will assist as we look to rise to these challenges.
Dec 17, 2015
2015 has been another busy and productive year for AARNet. We’ve seen many new customers connected and network builds completed. We’ve also continued to focus our attention on developing ‘above the network’ services to meet the increasingly data-intensive, collaborative and global needs of Australia’s research and education sector. We wish...
Sep 23, 2015
Chris Hancock, CEO AARNet It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over. Our focus continues to be on evolving the network to meet the future needs of the research and education sector. SDN Testbeds and Science DMZ sandboxes are examples of AARNet initiatives underway to inform future network planning....
Sep 22, 2015
Pushing technological boundaries and exploring what the future network might look like has been a focus of AARNet’s activities since the early days of rolling out the Internet in Australia. SDN Testbed Currently, we’re exploring the area of Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN is an emerging new technology, focused on teasing...