AARNET Australia launches one of world’s longest optical networks


With thanks to AARNET.edu.au …

Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and Cisco today announced the deployment of one of the world’s longest unregenerated high-performance optical networks.

Spanning approximately 3500 kilometres (km) from Adelaide to Perth and on to the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory (MRO) in remote Western Australia, the newly deployed terrestrial network is capable of transmission speeds of up to 8 Terabits per second (Tbps).

AARNet CEO Chris Hancock said, “Building a superfast unregenerated network across such a phenomenal distance puts Australia at the bleeding edge of networking and further bolsters our world standing in science and research.  This network is critical for supporting the higher education and research sector’s increasing demand for capacity to Asia.”

He says expanding the AARNet network across the Nullabor to the MRO site was also critical for enabling Australia’s participation in the data intensive Square Kilometre Array (SKA) global research project.

Brian Boyle, Australian/New Zealand SKA Director concurs. “The delivery of 100Gigabits per second connectivity to the MRO site reinforces Australia’s global leadership in the provision of research network capacity as well as the transformational impact of hosting the SKA,” he said.

The capacity of the network is scalable to 8Tbps over the 3500 km stretch of fibre from Adelaide to the MRO. The network is now in production at several hundred gigabits per second.

– See more at: http://news.aarnet.edu.au/aarnet-cisco-partnership-achieves-lightning-speeds-across-australia/


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