Research and education networks create ring between Asia-Pacific, Europe

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Asia and Europe further strengthened their collaboration with an MoU that will see eight research and education networks agreeing to provide a backup path for each other in the event of any link failure. This collaboration enhances the 100Gbps CAE-1 system launched in June, and will benefit researchers in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Memorandum of understanding

The eight R&E network organisations that signed the MOU are AARNet (Australia), Geant (Europe), NICT (Japan), NII (Japan), NordUnet (European Nordics), SingAren (Singapore), Surf (The Netherlands) and TEIN*CC (Asia-Pacific). The MoU was signed on 22 July at the 6th Asi@Connect Project Meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The MoU’s initial term is for a period of three years.

The MoU is for the collaboration to run 100 Gbps networks between Asia and Europe. The MoU partners agreed to contribute their own 100Gbps links to create a resilient system, called Asiapacific-Europe Ring (AER). In the event that one link in the ring fails, traffic between Europe and Asia will be transported over one or more of the other links.