Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has announced an agreement with Queensland electricity coorporation, Powerlink, to upgrade its network between Cairns and Brisbane to a dual link 10Gbps services. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2011 and will accelerate colloboration between several Queensland academic communities with the rest of the world.
AARNet business development director, Mary Fleming, said that the changes were made as part of the company's commitment to improving its network to support research, education and collaboration.
The upgrade will increase AARNet's network capacity for links between from Cairns to Brisbane (118Mbps), Townsville (1Gbps), Mackay (70Mbps) and Rockhampton (1Gbps).
Educational institutions affected by this change will include the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Central Queensland University (CQU) and James Cook University (JCU).
AARNet has recently stressed its support of the National Broadband Network and has offered the use of its network as a test-bed for potential applications. The company has also been looking for a supplier to install fibre in Western Australia.