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New Zealand scientists and researchers can now become global players on a brand new scale, thanks to a ground-breaking trans-Tasman partnership that will provide them access to very high-speed global connectivity.

As published on Scoop.co.nz: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1407/S00056/nz-science-and-research-leaps-ahead.htm, 23 July 2014

The partnership negotiated in January by REANNZ, its Australian equivalent AARNet and the Southern Cross Cable Network, means New Zealand scientists and researchers will, for the first time, have capacity for ‘big data’ transport between New Zealand and the rest of the world.

“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” says REANNZ CEO Steve Cotter. He also points out, “this is a unique opportunity to strengthen ties between scientists and researchers in Australia and New Zealand.”

“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.”

Mr. Cotter adds that in association with AARNet, the Southern Cross sponsorship of SXtransPORT has been providing Australian science and research with international bandwidth for non-commercial use since 2003.

“SXtransPORT connects through AARNET to Advanced Research Networks in the US, Asia and Europe at 40 Gbps. New Zealand researchers can now access unique scientific instruments and can collaborate with international counterparts at veryhigh speeds.” 

“Until now REANNZ provided international access to its members through a small 1 Gbps connection, so this deal is a massive improvement for New Zealand’s science and research users,” he stresses.

AARNet CEO Chris Hancock adds 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 CEO Anthony Briscoe notes that Southern Cross is delighted to now be able to connect New Zealand’s scientific and research community to its exciting SXtransPORT sponsorship and was looking forward to assured success in New Zealand, just as it has been in Australia.

“SCCN 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” says Mr. Briscoe. As a example of this collaboration, SCCN and REANNZ are working together to bring a dedicated network connection to the GLIF 2014 Conference in Queenstown later this yearhttp://www.glif.is/meetings/2014/. The annual GLIF meeting is a gathering of the world's leading network engineers who consistently demonstrate unique, one-of-a-kind and first-ever technologies and capabilities.

 

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