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TelstraClear wins KAREN international contract, displacing Verizon

Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has selected TelstraClear to provide the international network for the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN) from November 2010.The contract was previously held by Verizon Wir

NBR staff
Tue, 29 Jun 2010

Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has selected TelstraClear to provide the international network for the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN) from November 2010.

The contract was previously held by Verizon Wireless (all contenders, of course, had to negotiate around the only way out of New Zealand: a wholesale connection to the 50% Telecom-owned Southern Cross Cable).

The win will be bittersweet for TelstraClear, which recently lost the KAREN domestic contract to FX Networks.

The new arrangements will increase KAREN’s international capacity to Australia and the USA to 1Gb/s, from which points our members can reach over 50 countries around the world via the international Research and Education Network community. The connectivity arrangements are for an initial term of more than three years.

In addition to this base capacity, TelstraClear will provide innovative options to increase the scale and reach of the service. “These options will be of great value to KAREN members, allowing the community to flexibly respond to emerging global research and education collaborations,” Donald Clark, REANNZ Chief Executive.

TelstraClear’s Head of Business & Government, Michael Boggs, said the company was delighted to be working with REANNZ and to build on its association with KAREN since the network was developed in 2005-2006.

NBR staff
Tue, 29 Jun 2010
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TelstraClear wins KAREN international contract, displacing Verizon
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