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Global network hub for education and research sets new standard with 400 Gbit/s connections

From now on, the Dutch education and research sector can establish 400 Gbit/s connections from the NetherLight node in Amsterdam to research and education networks around the world. NetherLight is the world's first Global eXchange Point to offer 400 Gbit/s. With this quadrupling of bandwidth, SURF is enabling data-intensive research for the future.

Rising demand for broad bandwidth and high network speeds 

The future demand for high network speeds for international scientific research exceeds the currently common 100 Gbit/s bandwidth. Examples of current projects generating huge data streams include; the Large Hadron Collider, Square Kilometre Array and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. New research projects are expected to demand even higher bandwidth and network speeds.

To support these projects with network infrastructure capable of handling these large data flows, it is important that Global eXchange Points switch to higher connection capacity. NetherLight is now the first node to enable a 400 Gbit/s connection. An important step because only with the right network connectivity the education and research sector can be groundbreaking.

International exchange of education and research data 

The NetherLight Global eXchange Point in Amsterdam is operated by SURF. This hub is specifically designed and realised for the international exchange of education and research data. 

Together with NREN (National Research & Education Networks) partners, NetherLight researches and tests new and cutting-edge networking technologies for the global network of network hubs. With the aim of connecting to the exponential growth of data flows resulting from international scientific projects. In doing so, NetherLight plays an essential and innovative role in connectivity for the Dutch and global education and research sectors.


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