Thursday, July 27, 2006

Internet2 Offers Members Dedicated Wavelengths

The Internet2 consortium began offering its members dedicated optical wavelengths in addition to dark fiber assets.

The new service, called WaveCo, will provide members with access to lightpaths beyond the Internet2 Network footprint using Level 3 Communications' network. Through Internet2's agreement with the carrier, the "off-net" service will have the advantage of aggregated rates which are especially beneficial for regional networks that wish to extend their reach to only a few sites with varying demands for circuit capacity or duration.

These services are being offered in advance of the completion of the recently announced new Internet2 Network infrastructure, which will be built on experience gained through Internet2's successful Hybrid Optical Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) testbed. The HOPI project examined hybrid packet and circuit switched optical infrastructures to understand next generation network architectures. When complete, the new Internet2 Network will provide advanced capabilities to support the work of computer scientists and researchers, including testing new network paradigms, protocols, and architectures that push the envelope of networking technology.


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