August 26th, 2016

Australasian researchers and educators can transfer their data around the world at even faster speeds now that the international network has been upgraded from 40 to 100 Gbps. The upgrade was planned after year-on-year growth in research and education traffic, driven by data-intensive science.

Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet), and Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) announced the upgrade to the Southern Cross Trans-Pacific Optical Research Testbed (SXTransPORT) dual submarine optical fibre links connecting Sydney to North America. 

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Since 2003, SCCN has provided the SXTransPORT in partnership with AARNet exclusively for not-for-profit research and education use.

"Southern Cross is proud to be a long-term supporter of scientific and research endeavours through its partnership with AARNet. By extending the network to connect to REANNZ and Pacific Island countries, the SXTransPORT project is an example of a truly exciting initiative in which all partners have worked together collaboratively to bring about great achievements for the region." says Anthony Briscoe, President and CEO, Southern Cross Cable Network. 

The partnership between AARNet and SCCN benefits many Pacific countries. The Southern Cross cable connects directly to Whenuapai and Takapuna in Auckland, so when Kiwi researchers send data around the world, it travels along that cable. The cable also connects one of the world's most important international astronomy sites, Mauna Kea (Hawaii Island), as well as the international observatories on Haleakala (Maui), operated by the University of Hawaii. It also provides broadband connectivity for the University of the South Pacific campuses in Fiji, Tonga and the Marshall Islands.

"We welcome this upgrade and would like to thank our partners at AARNet and SCCN for their continued commitment to providing world class network connectivity across the region. Here in New Zealand, we have also been upgrading our national network links as demand increases. Improvements like these to our research and education infrastructure mean that our members have the ability to drive toward a step change in the scale of their international collaborations." says Nicole Ferguson, CEO, REANNZ.