REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand) has gone live with 40Gbps connectivity on the SXtransPORT service, allowing its members to transmit more data capacity faster between NZ and the rest of the world.
The capacity has been enabled by a partnership between REANNZ, its Australian equivalent AARNet, and Southern Cross Cablet Network (SCCN), which was negotiated in January this year.
"This will allow New Zealand science and research to be at the leading edge of global research and have the same capabilities as their trans-Tasman peers" said REANNZ CEO Steve Cotter.
"Our members now have the basic tools they have been lacking to submit proposals to conduct global research projects. The scope of projects that will benefit is exciting, including climate research, radio astronomy, participation in the international Square Kilometre Array project, medicine, genomics, National Science Challenges, and more."
Southern Cross' SXtransPORT has been providing the Australian science and research community with international bandwidth for non-commercial use since 2003.
"SXtransPORT connects through AARNET to advanced research networks in the US, Asia and Europe at 40Gbps. New Zealand researchers can now access unique scientific instruments and can collaborate with international counterparts at very high speeds."
REANNZ had previously provided international access to its members through a 1Gbps connection.
AARNet CEO Chris Hancock said that, "strengthening the relationship between the science and research communities of New Zealand and Australia will be a tremendous benefit for both communities and both countries".
"Southern Cross and REANNZ will continue to work together to showcase New Zealand's networking capabilities. SCCN's support of researchers and academics is important in ensuring that New Zealand maintains a strong position internationally among network specialists and more widely, technologists" said Anthony Briscoe, CEO of Southern Cross Cable Network.
SCCN and REANNZ are working together to bring a dedicated network connection to the GLIF 2014 Conference in Queenstown later this year.