KISTI deploys 600G nationwide research network in South Korea

April 18, 2024
KISTI employed technology from Ciena when building the high-speed network.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) announced on April 18 that it has leveraged Ciena’s 6500 powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) programmable 800Gb/s coherent technology to successfully launch South Korea’s first 600G nationwide research network.

The network will reportedly support over 200 research and educational institutions, industrial research organizations, and laboratories across the country. 

BuSeung Cho, director of KISTI’s KREONET Center, said in a press release, “With the recent increase in data-intensive science based on petascale or exascale data, many of the research tasks performed by our member institutions are driven by large-scale big data. Therefore, we have built KREONET, a high-speed national science and research network between member institutions. This collaborative research environment enables cutting-edge scientific and technological research and requires a high-speed network. The 600G research network can support the capacity and high bandwidth demands required by domestic and foreign member institutions.”

Henry Kim, president of Ciena North Asia, said in the same press release, “South Korea is a leader in digital innovation, being the world’s first country to launch commercial 5G service, for example, and much of this progress is a result of the priority South Korea places on research and development. To help these researchers further innovate and collaborate better with their peers, KISTI is leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent technology to empower its advanced network infrastructure.”

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