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Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:11

FX Networks picked for New Zealand's national research network

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Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ) has selected FX Networks to provide the national network for the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN) from December 2010.

According to REANNZ, The arrangement secures the continuation of KAREN's existing 10Gbps backbone connectivity and footprint around the country for an initial term of three years with two two-year renewal options. The contract also includes options to move KAREN to a dark fibre-based network.

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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