AARNet's 8 Tbps fibre network to speed research

Network critical to Australian participation in Square Kilometre Array telescope project

AARNet's new fibre network for science and research in SA and WA can hit transmission speeds of 8 Tbps.

AARNet, which provides networking for researchers and educational institutions, announced the deployment of the 3500-kilometre network that goes from Adelaide to Perth and on to the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory in remote Western Australia. AARNet partnered with Cisco to build the network.

The network currently can do several hundred gigabits per second but is scalable to 8 Tbps in the long term, AARNet said.

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The project allows Australia to participate in the Square Kilometre Array global research project. The SKA is a next-generation radio telescope involving more than 20 countries worldwide.

“Building a super fast 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,” AARNet CEO Chris Hancock said in a statement.

“This network is critical for supporting the higher education and research sector’s increasing demand for capacity to Asia.”

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