CANARIE deploys ROADM-based optical network from Nortel

JULY 24, 2007 -- The CANARIE network in British Columbia and Alberta and in Ontario and Québec has been enhanced with ROADM technology from Nortel, which provides CANARIE and its affiliated provincial networks with operational simplicity and network agility for the easy addition of new services, say Nortel representatives.

JULY 24, 2007 -- CANARIE (search for CANARIE), Canada's advanced Research and Education network, has deployed a new optical network from Nortel (search for Nortel) to provide scientists and researchers with enough bandwidth to deliver the network capacity required for major science and research projects as well as education and training.

Nortel says its Metro Ethernet optical portfolio has more than quadrupled CANARIE's previous network capacity. This allows more information sharing and provides additional bandwidth for multimedia, detailed simulation and modeling, and other compute-intensive applications.

"Today's researchers are heavily dependent on collaboration and access to high-bandwidth data, which require very high speed, high capacity, and reliable networks," explains Andrew Bjerring, president and CEO of CANARIE. "Nortel has been instrumental in providing the technology and the expertise that enable CANARIE's ability to provide one of the world's highest performance, largest capacity, and most sophisticated networks for research and education."

"CANARIE has taken a highly aggressive approach to ensuring that Canada remains a center of excellence for industries that require an ultra high-performance research and education network," adds Philippe Morin, president of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks Division. "The CANARIE network is a prime example of the tremendous potential the future holds for research and education initiatives. Continued expansion of networks carrying everything from multimedia and video conferencing to data will be instrumental in answering the world's most challenging scientific research questions."

CANARIE says its advanced optical network forms a national backbone that is helping address increased bandwidth demand from scientists, researchers, and universities. CANARIE also is an important international network that provides the highest possible connectivity and collaboration between Canadian and international research organizations. Similar to gains made with deployment of CAnet 4, in which provincial networks and universities, schools, research facilities, government entities, and international partners were connected via an optical network, CANARIE expects this latest network upgrade to provide Canada with significant competitive advantage in innovation. It is planned to help in attracting and retaining investment and talent from regional research network operators, government laboratories, and researchers requiring pooled resources for compute-intensive and high-performance applications.

The CANARIE network in British Columbia and Alberta and in Ontario and Québec has been enhanced with reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (search for ROADM) technology from Nortel. This provides CANARIE and the affiliated provincial networks with operational simplicity and network agility for easy addition of new services, resulting in a more cost-effective, reliable infrastructure, say Nortel representatives. CANARIE also deployed Nortel's electronic Dynamically Compensating Optics (eDCO), which Nortel says simplifies networking by extending wavelengths over 2,000 km without requiring dispersion compensation modules or their associated amplifiers.

With capacity of up to 72 optical wavelengths operating at 10 Gbits/sec at its core and future enhancements to 40 Gbits/sec/wavelength, the CANARIE network will give Canadian scientists and researchers the most advanced tools possible, assert Nortel representatives. It is based on Nortel's Common Photonic Layer (CPL), a key building block in migrating to more agile, adaptive, all optical intelligent networking. The network also includes Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge 6500, an optical convergence platform that manages and transports converged TDM, data, and wavelength services.

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