CANARIE and Five Other Networks Planning to Build First Ever 100 Gbps Intercontinental Transmission Links

By Nathesh May 01, 2013

Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) is part of a global group of research and education networks that are planning to build the world’s first ever 100 Gbps intercontinental transmission links for research and education.

Other players in the global group include Internet2 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s ESnet in the U.S.), NORDUnet, (Nordic countries), SURFnet (Netherlands), and GÉANT (Europe). Together the companies will be working with the commercial sector, such as equipment vendors and carriers active in the North Atlantic, to advance global networks for research and education.

CANARIE’s network is among the world’s most advanced national research and education networks. The high performance hybrid network supports data-intensive research and innovation across a range of private and public sector users. It also offers greater flexibility in service offerings in order to meet the changing needs of users, from Megabit connections to multiple Gigabit connections.

The global group is hoping to work together with other national research and education networks (NRENs) across the globe on the newly commenced project titled “Advanced North Atlantic 100G Pilot” or ANA-100G which is designed to stimulate the market for 100 Gbps intercontinental networking and advancing global networks and applications to benefit research and education.

Jim Roche, CEO at CANARIE said that, “This project illustrates how the NREN community works together today to advance leading-edge infrastructure that supports tomorrow’s research discoveries, innovative educational models and digital processes, and technologies that may become part of our daily lives in the future.”

The group will not just stop with building the 100G transmission links – it will also test the links, applications, resources, monitoring techniques and advanced technologies such as software-defined networking in order to ensure that efficient 100G wavelengths are maintained between North America and Europe. 

Edited by Ashley Caputo

NFVZone Contributor

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