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Telus joins McGill-based photonics research initiative

McGill University, Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC), and the Agile All-Photonic Networks (AAPN) rese...


October 14, 2004  


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McGill University, Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC), and the Agile All-Photonic Networks (AAPN) research network have signed up Telus Communications Inc. as a network partner.

Headquartered at McGill, AAPN is Canada’s largest optical networking research consortium.

Six companies and two government laboratories are supporting the work of AAPN’s 14 professors at five universities in Quebec and Ontario, where they are exploring network architectures, protocols and enabling technologies for future all-optical telecommunications networks.

“Our fundamental technology strategy is to converge to Internet Protocol (IP) based networks to reduce the cost and complexity of our networks while enabling a new generation of advanced services,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, Telus’ chief technology officer. notes.

“The AAPN team is looking beyond the current generation of networking technologies, and their insights about the technologies of 2012 will help TELUS evolve its networks to continually provide the best solutions for Canadians.”

The AAPN technology vision aims to bring optical network connectivity as close as possible to the end-user. The goal is to develop an agile photonic network that supports high-bandwidth interactive services.

The AAPN’s core funding is a $7-million Research Network Grant over five years from NSERC, one of the largest grants of its kind.