|Faster connectivity between Asia and Europe for research and education|
Faster connectivity between Asia and Europe
for research and education
collaboration between Asia Pacific region and Europe with shorter,
faster, cheaper connectivity.
Tallinn, Estonia, 18 June 2019 – An international consortium of six research and education (R&E) networks, including
AARNet (Australia), GÉANT (Europe), NORDUnet (European Nordics), SingAREN (Singapore), SURF (The Netherlands)
and TEIN*CC (Asia-Pacific), today announced the launch of Collaboration Asia Europe-1 (CAE-1), a new high performing
100 gigabit per second (Gbps) link between Singapore and London for research and education.
This new link will provide additional capacity to meet the rapidly growing bandwidth needs of trans-national education
and data-intensive science collaborations between Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
By working together, the consortium of six R&E networks, operating across 11 time zones, was able to procure far
beyond what a single R&E network could procure across such a vast 13,000 kilometre distance.
Shorter, faster, cheaper
CAE-1 is a significant step forward to closing the high-speed connectivity gap between Asia and Europe, providing shorter,
faster and cheaper connectivity for research and education.
The new CAE-1 100 Gbps link is routed via the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. This path between the two continents is more
direct than the links routed via the North Atlantic Ocean, across North America and across the Pacific Ocean that have
carried much of the R&E traffic to date.
A more direct and shorter route between Asia and Europe secures lower latency and reduced costs, two important
factors in the race to meet customer demands due to increasing R&E traffic between the two continents.
Official launch at TNC19 – Europe’s largest R&E networking conference
During today’s official CAE-1 launch, the signing of the Consortium Agreement took place at the TNC19 Conference in
Tallinn, Estonia. After initial testing that began on 15 April, the link went into production in May 2019.
The Global Network Architecture
CAE-1 is closely connected to other intercontinental R&E network collaborations established recently, such as the ANA
(Advanced North Atlantic Collaboration, a collaboration across the North Atlantic Ocean) and the APR (AsiaPacific Ring,
a collaboration between Asia and the USA). These initiatives are all implementations of the GNA (Global Network
Architecture), an international effort to develop a set of global collaboration principles, on a technical level as well as
in regards to sharing costs and aligning investments. The GNA has defined a reference architecture and created a roadmap
for both national and regional R&E networks to seamlessly support bandwidth for research and education.
These collaborative implementations are referred to as the GREN, the Global R&E Network.
Chris Hancock (CEO, AARNet) said:
“AARNet is excited to be leading the CAE-1 collaboration and working with our NREN colleagues to provide
essential infrastructure for researchers and educators in our increasing globalised and data-intensive world.
When CAE-1 is combined with AARNet’s new high-speed Indigo link from Sydney to Singapore via Perth, the
extended path will provide powerful enabling connectivity between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
for advancing scientific research and world-leading bandwidth-intensive projects like the SKA Telescope.”
Erik Huizer (CEO, GÉANT) said:
“This is a novel collaboration between leading national and regional networking organisations in Europe and
Asia which will give economies of scale for high capacity direct connectivity between our regions and improve
the experience of researchers worldwide. GÉANT is proud to share in this initiative, and we know from our
many years of partnerships in the Asia Pacific region that it will have a significant impact.”
René Buch (CEO, NORDUnet) said:
“ The Collaboration Asia Europe-1 (CAE-1) Consortium achieved what no single NREN could accomplish.
For NORDUnet, CAE-1 is a ground breaking step forward in building the Global Research & Education Network (GREN)
Infrastructure, as it demonstrates the advantages of collaboration and the power of procuring together in consortia.
The CAE-1 Project has paved the way for future collaborations by providing significant connectivity for our
constituency at far less cost.”
Lawrence Wong (President, SingAREN) said:
“The CAE1 infrastructure represents a common vision and shared goal of national and regional R&E networks
from the Asia-Pacific and Europe in collaborating to meet the connectivity needs of their R&E communities,
facilitating collaboration across these countries and economies in a mutually beneficial and cost-effective manner.”
Erwin Bleumink (Member Executive Board SURF) said:
“SURF gladly joins forces with R&E networks around the world, to improve network connectivity to Asia.
Collaborations such as CAE-1 show the power and impact that we can have as a community. We are
looking forward to technological accomplishments and scientific discoveries that will be possible through
this dedicated connection for research and education”.
Yong Hwan Chung (President, TEIN*CC) said:
“On behalf of TEIN community, TEIN*CC is pleased to join CAE-1 collaborating with global NRENs.
CAE-1 is expected to strengthen the digital connectivity between Asia-Pacific and Europe, and to
provide extensive collaboration opportunities, especially for the developing countries and economies.
We also believe that the advanced technologies and researches through CAE-1 will contribute to
the prosperity of Asia-Pacific and Europe, and benefit all society.”
THE CAE-1 CONSORTIUM
AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) provides high capacity national and international
telecommunications infrastructure and collaboration services for the nation’s research and education
sector, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers
and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over two million end users who access the network for teaching,
learning and research. For more information, visit www.aarnet.edu.au .
GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit
of research and education, contributing to Europe's economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation
develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports
innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education
networking community. For more information, visit www.geant.org
NORDUnet operates a world-class network and e-infrastructure service for the Nordic R&E community.
NORDUnet is a collaboration between the National Research and Education Networks of the five Nordic
countries; Denmark (DeIC), Iceland (RHnet), Norway (Uninett), Sweden (SUNET), and Finland (Funet).
While the five NRENs develop and operate the national research network infrastructures, connecting
more than 400 research & education institutions with more than 1.2 million users, NORDUnet provides
global network connectivity, and is a key contributor to international partnerships such as GÉANT, GLIF,
and GLORIAD. For more information, visit www.nordu.net
SingAREN (Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network) is Singapore's national research and
education network. It is the sole provider of local and international networks and services dedicated
for serving the Research and Education community in Singapore. SingAREN’s members consist of the
Institutions of Higher Learning, Research Organizations, Government and network industry players.
SingAREN facilitates high-speed transfers of large datasets across international boundaries for scientific
research, and enables advanced network technology demonstrations through its resilient international
links and high-speed fiber network. SingAREN Open Exchange (SOE) interconnects Singapore’s research
and education community to the Research and Education Networks (RENs) in other countries in Asia,
Australia, Europe and the U.S.A. For more information, visit www.singaren.net.sg
SURF is a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institutions in which its members
join forces. Together with the institutions, SURF ensures that the education and research community
has access to the finest and newest ICT facilities for top research and talent development. SURF does
that by offering fast network connections and easy and secure access to ICT facilities. This allows
users in the fields of education and research to work (inter)nationally and collaborate easily and
reliably. For more information, visit www.surf.nl/en
TEIN*CC is a non-profit foundation for managing the Asi@Connect project, the EU’s and 24 Asia-Pacific
Partners’ co-funded project. Asi@Connect provides a dedicated regional high capacity and high quality
internet network, Trans-Eurasia Information Network(TEIN), for research and education(R&E) communities
across Asia-Pacific and Europe, and leverages e-infrastructures developed for public service project.
TEIN*CC actively collaborate with other regional R&E network organisations around the world to provide
better opportunities for research and education to the TEIN community.
For more information, visit www.tein.asia