SURF completes first phase of the network of the future

06 NOV 2018

SURF is working on the ongoing development of the SURFnet network as part of its SURFnet8 project. The migration of the new optical layer is now complete. The migration of the service layer is due to commence at the start of 2019. This will mark the second phase of the project. We expect this migration to be completed in 2021.

The network of the future 

SURFnet8 is our attempt to respond to (future) issues raised by users by providing an open, programmable network. In addition to high reliability and continuity, the network of the future will offer a great deal of flexibility, thereby allowing new features and services to be developed.

Implementation of optical layer complete

The SURFnet8 network consists of two layers: the optical layer and the service layer. The optical layer is responsible for illuminating the glass fibres and thus constitutes the stable basis of the SURFnet network.

The implementation of the new optical layer will allow for a standard transport capacity of 100 Gbit/s per wavelength, with the direct possibility of expanding the capacity to 400 Gbit/s.

Start of migration process for service layer

At SURF, we have spent some time now making preparations for the migration of the service layer.

The migration of the core network (40 locations) will begin in early 2019. In the second half of 2019 we will move the NetherLight platform and start the migration of the 220 non-core locations. The schedule for the non-core locations will take shape in the coming months. We will be able to provide more details about this in the first half of 2019. We expect the implementation of the service layer to be completed in 2021.

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