REANNZ CEO, Donald Clark, said: "This is the most exciting development for KAREN since the network was launched in 2006. We are confident that we have selected a progressive, long-term partner in FX Networks and have secured the best national connectivity options for our community and provided certainty to our members on cost and presence."
When KAREN moves to the new network, REANNZ says it will put into effect a new network access policy that will "provide greater flexibility to REANNZ and KAREN members around access, and use of the network." However, no details have yet been revealed.
REANNZ says it is also in late stage contract discussions with the preferred supplier for KAREN's international network and expects to make an announcement before the end of June.
FX Networks is the privately owned operator of an optical fibre network throughout the North Island and with links to Christchurch and Blenheim. The company commenced operation in 2006 and now has PoPs around New Zealand (including Gisborne, Queenstown, Dunedin). Network capacity is 40Gbps, but the company says it will go to 100-300Gbps within two years.
FX Networks claims to have more than 20 PoPs in the North Island and says: "through our partners, we can access points of presence just about anywhere else in the country."
It adds: "Our network is powered by Cisco. The network itself consists of a collapsed ring architecture coupled with an institutionally and route diverse redundant path through the North Island."
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