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  • From: Greg Wood <>
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  • Subject: NEWS: RNP2 from Brazil is connected to Internet2
  • Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 16:39:03 -0400


RNP2 from Brazil is connected to Internet2
45 Mbps link permits doing research with other academic networks
in the world

Aug. 29, 2001

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As of today, August 29th 2001, RNP is
exchanging data with the North American Internet2 (I2). The
implanted line, of 45 Mbps, permits the interaction with the
international scientific community through a high performance

The 45 Mbps link was offered to RNP for free for a period of
three years, as part of the project Americas Path Network
(AMPATH). This link must be used only for interconnection and
cooperation among academic networks for the development of new
applications and protocols. The AMPATH project is a joint
initiative of Florida International University (FIU) and the
telecommunications operator Global Crossing in order to
interconnect research and educational networks in Latin America
and the Caribbean to the Internet2. Brazil is the third Latin
American country to have access to the Internet2 through the
AMPATH. Other countries connected to it are Chile and Puerto

The new 45 Mbps link was installed on August 21st between RNP's
Point of Presence in Rio de Janeiro (PoP-RJ) and the AMPATH PoP
in Miami, Florida. From the AMPATH PoP, RNP2 is connected to
Abilene, the major Internet2 backbone, through which RNP's
clients have access to the over 180 participants in the Internet2
in the United States, as well as to other international academic
networks also connected to the I2 project.

The AMPATH PoP is currently located in Global Crossing
collocation space in the Miami Telehouse. The PoP which utilizes
donations from Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies and Juniper
Networks, will soon move to the Terremark Worldwide NAP of the
Americas, the fifth tier-1 NAP in the US.

RNP will have a second access to the Internet2 starting from the
STAR TAP in Chicago. The connection will be made using the 155
Mbps link which joins the PoP-RJ to New York. The STAR TAP -
Science, Technology, And Research Transit Access Point - was
created by the National Science Foundation to work as a
convergence point to the advanced international networks.

This 155 Mbps channel has been operating since February 16th.
Besides being a second door to enter the I2, it is used for the
flow of production traffic, that is to say, the traffic which is
not associated to the experimentation and development of new
protocols and network applications.

RNP is studying the possibility of activating a third
international connection by means of a Cooperation Agreement on
Science and Technology between Brazil and Germany. This new line
would connect RNP2 directly to GEANT, the Pan-European backbone.


AMPATH to connect RNP of Brazil

RNP News

Information Center

phone: 55 21 2274-7445
fax: 55 21 2259-7796
RNP General Coordination
Estrada Dona Castorina, 110
Rio de Janeiro RJ 22460-320

Heidi Alvarez
Assistant Director
AMPATH / Network Engineering & Telecommunications
Florida International University

(305) 348-2006

about RNP - National Research and Education Network
RNP was founded in September, 1989 as a priority program of MCT -
Ministry of Science and Technology. The major role of RNP is to
run an Internet backbone service for the academic and research
community in Brazil. Since March 2000 RNP is an Internet2
international partner.

about RNP2 project
RNP2 project started in 1997 with the launching of the edital of
High Performance Metropolitan Networks (Redes Metropolitanas de
Alta Velocidade) (ReMAVs), which enabled the development of
regional initiatives on advanced networks. In May 2000, when the
optical fiber infrastructure was better spread in the country,
the first lines of RNP2 backbone were inaugurated. Today it
already reaches all the 27 Brazilian states with a speed of up to
155 Mbps. The third and last step of the present phase of RNP2
project consisted of connecting the network to the Internet2.

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