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Ontario advanced network first to launch operational 100G network

ORION, Ontario's advanced research and education (R&E) network , has announced a major technology upg...

October 6, 2010  

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ORION, Ontario’s advanced research and education (R&E) network , has announced a major technology upgrade, which the organization says makes it the first to deploy an operational 100G fiber network in Canada and the first R&E network in the world to deploy a 100G production network to support research and education.


ORION made the announcement in Toronto with the selection of Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco Canada to provide the project’s optical transport and routing equipment.


“The upgrade means that Ontario is leapfrogging from a 10G backbone to 100G capacity in key parts of the network,” said Dr. Darin Graham, ORION president and CEO. 


“Moving to 100G is a generational leap in capabilities and a significant technological milestone. It helps move Ontario to the head of the pack in terms of having an extraordinary backbone in place to support new and innovative ways of enabling advanced research, innovation and scientific discovery.”


The $6.5 million project is made possible with a contribution of $4.8 million from CANARIE, Canada’s advanced research and innovation network, and a further $1.7 million investment from ORION.


For ORION, the project is a first phase of a major upgrade of the entire network infrastructure, which contains more than 5,800 kilometres of fiber.


The project involves changes to the network’s core architecture and the replacement of routing and optical transport equipment in most of ORION’s physical connections points. It also introduces new features, including enhanced support for IPv6, MPLS, QoS, and enhanced traffic engineering.


The project, now in the deployment phase, will be completed next spring.