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Extra network capacity for research and education collaboration between Asia and Europe

As of today, researchers in Europe, Asia and Australia can collaborate even faster and easier thanks to a new 100 Gbps link between Europe and the Asia Pacific region. This will provide additional capacity to meet the rapidly growing bandwidth needs of trans-national education and data-intensive science collaborations between Asia and Europe.

Collaboration in international consortium

An international consortium of 6 research and education (R&E) networks, including AARNet (Australia), GÉANT (Europe), NORDUnet (European Nordics), SingAREN (Singapore), SURF (The Netherlands) and TEIN*CC (Asia-Pacific), today announced the launch of Collaboration Asia Europe-1 (CAE-1), a new high performing 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) link between Singapore and London for research and education.

SURF gladly joins forces with R&E networks around the world, to improve network connectivity to Asia. Collaborations such as CAE-1 show the power and impact that we can have as a community. We are looking forward to technological accomplishments and scientific discoveries that will be possible through this dedicated connection for research and education.
Erwin Bleumink, Member Executive Board SURF

Shorter, faster, cheaper

By working together, the consortium of 6 R&E networks, operating across 11 time zones, was able to procure far beyond what a single R&E network could procure across such a vast 13,000 kilometre distance.  This is a significant step forward to closing the high-speed connectivity gap between Asia and Europe, providing shorter, faster and cheaper connectivity for research and education.  

Ondertekening van CAE-1, van links naar rechts René Buch (NORDUnet), Yong Hwan Chung (TEIN*CC), Lawrence Wong (SingAREN), Erik Huizer (GÉANT), Erwin Bleumink (SURF), Mary Fleming (AARnet)

V.l.n.r. René Buch (NORDUnet), Yong Hwan Chung (TEIN*CC), Lawrence Wong (SingAREN), Erik Huizer (GÉANT), Erwin Bleumink (SURF), Mary Fleming (AARnet)

Signing the CAE-1, from left to right: René Buch (NORDUnet), Yong Hwan Chung (TEIN*CC), Lawrence Wong (SingAREN), Erik Huizer (GÉANT), Erwin Bleumink (SURF), Mary Fleming (AARnet)