News Release

Cisco IP+Optical networking solution selected for GrangeNet project to build Australia's largest R&D network

Cisco to build 10Gbps network for high-speed data connectivity across Australia in $A14 million project to support research & development
Apr 09, 2002

SYDNEY - 8 April, 2002 - Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, has been selected as the networking equipment provider for the GrangeNet project, to create Australia's largest Research & Development network.

GrangeNet (GRid and Next GEneration Network) has been awarded a $14 million, 3-year grant by the Federal Government to develop and operate a very high-speed backbone network, linking universities and other public and private research facilities in Australia and overseas. GrangeNet will be integrated with other advanced research and education networking initiatives including Internet2 in the United States and CANARIE in Canada.

The new network, due to be operational by early 2003, will be based on solutions from the Cisco Complete Optical Multiservice Edge and Transport (COMET) optical portfolio and Cisco's industry leading Internet Routers. By providing gigabit per second (Gbps) bandwidth between research facilities, GrangeNet will enhance commercial and academic research fields as diverse as astronomy, supercomputing, telemedicine, bioinformatics, distance education, environmental modelling and media services such as video post-production.

Cisco is a joint member of GrangeNet, together with Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet), the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC), the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), and PowerTel.

"Cisco was invited to join the GrangeNet consortium because of the advanced IP+Optical networking technology it could supply and its commitment to the development of very advanced networks in Australia," said Mr John O'Callaghan, Interim Director of GrangeNet and Executive Director, APAC.

The GrangeNet network will consist of a backbone linking Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and initially eight network 'tails' connecting more than 20 organisations. The backbone will support data speeds up to 10Gbps enabling each organisation to utilise a gigabit Ethernet connection to the core network.

The GrangeNet backbone will run over PowerTel's East Coast fibre optic network using the Cisco ONS 15801 Long-Haul DWDM System and the Cisco Transport Manager integrated element management system. Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology will cost-effectively enhance transport capacity while Cisco Transport Manager will accelerate provisioning as part of the end-to-end management of the ONS 15801 network. The network will also include Cisco 12000 Series Internet Routers to carry IP backbone traffic between Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and Cisco 7600 Series Internet Routers for edge routing connections in the four centres.

The network will be connected to international networks and facilities using AARNet's STM-1 capacity on the Southern Cross cable under the Pacific Ocean. GrangeNet will form part of the international Access Grid linking over 70 sites around the world (see

"Cisco was keen to assist in the development of GrangeNet and to extend high-speed data connectivity across Australia through this important project," said Mr Terry Walsh, Cisco Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand.