FX Networks gets KAREN network contract

Network provider will supply connectivity for research network

Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has entered into a partnership with FX Networks to provide the national connectivity for KAREN, the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network.

This confirms Computerworld's report last month that a preferred supplier for the network had been selected.

The signing sees the incumbent provider, TelstraClear, displaced.

In a statement today, Reannz chief executive Donald Clark and FX Networks sales general manager Jamie Baddeley note: "Following a thorough and comprehensive evaluation process, REANNZ has selected FX Networks to provide the national network for KAREN from December 2010. The arrangement secures the continuation of KAREN’s existing 10Gb/s backbone connectivity and footprint around the country for an initial term of 3-years through to December 2013, with two 2-year renewal options.

"The contract also includes options to move KAREN to a dark fibre-based network. Moving KAREN to dark fibre-based infrastructure will be essential to ensure KAREN can continue to offer leading-edge network services within a constrained cost base.

Clark says: “This is the most exciting development for KAREN since the network was launched in 2006. We are confident that we have selected a progressive, long-term partner in FX Networks and have secured the best national connectivity options for our community and provided certainty to our members on cost and presence.

“Over the last 4 years, the demands of our members has driven innovation in network supply and services across the telecommunications industry. In earlier times our investments have helped other network suppliers extend their networks, now we’re helping FX Networks,” he says.

The statement continues: "On moving to the new network, REANNZ will put into effect a new Network Access Policy. This new policy will provide greater flexibility to REANNZ and KAREN members around access, and use of the network.

"Work has already begun on comprehensive transition plan to ensure a smooth cross-over from current national connectivity arrangements to the new arrangements in December.

"REANNZ is in late stage contract discussions with the preferred supplier for KAREN’s international network. An announcement on the selected provider will be made later this month.

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