Chile’s national research and education network selects Coriant to modernise DWDM backbone

Created July 24, 2017
Applications and Research

Coriant, a developer of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale Internet operators, has announced that the National Research and Education Network in Chile (REUNA), has selected the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform equipped with CloudWave Optics to modernise its nationwide DWDM backbone network.

The solution, delivered in collaboration with Grupo Binário and local telecommunications systems integrator Raylex, will enable REUNA to scale transmission up to multiples of 200G optical channels to support the increasing capacity demands of research and education applications and ensure the efficient, low latency transfer of massive quantities of data between network locations.

As the National Research and Education Network in Chile, REUNA is dedicated to the research, education, and scientific communities throughout the country, and interconnecting them with its partners around the world. The REUNA backbone network today serves 35 institutions including, among others, universities, research centres of excellence, and international astronomical groups.

Observatory and telescope
REUNA’s strategic collaborations include connectivity projects for the AURA Observatory, with whom they have partnered to implement a photonic superhighway which will transport the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope data, one of the most advanced infrastructures for science and education in Chile that enables high-speed communications between research facilities located near La Serena and the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Sandra Jaque, Head of Technology, REUNA, commented, “We chose Coriant for the proven scalability and flexibility of the solution that will enable us to easily and cost-efficiently adapt to the evolving capacity demands of our end-users while delivering a superior customer experience.”

The new DWDM network upgrade will provide REUNA the ability to deliver more flexible and resilient high-speed services while optimizing its optical backbone network for best-in-class spectral efficiency, terabit-level scalability, and programmable and automated end-to-end service activation.

“The interconnection of NRENs is fundamental to boosting the quality and velocity of research from universities and scientific communities,” said Cleber Calegari, Director for Education Vertical, Grupo Binário. “REUNA is taking an important step toward interconnection of NRENs in Latin America through a scalable and high capacity optical network.”

“The big data applications driving cutting-edge advances in research and education are placing unprecedented demand on underlying high-speed infrastructure networks,” said Alberto Barriento, Managing Director, Caribbean and Latin America, Coriant. “We are pleased to partner with Raylex and Grupo Binário to take REUNA’s DWDM network to a new level of performance and scalability with best-in-class optical transmission technology optimised for robust computing, simulation, visualization, and other high-speed e-science applications.”

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.