The Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN) has launched an Accredited Network Aggregator service standard.
Having an Accredited Aggregator service will allow a wider group of users to access KAREN by reducing the last mile connection barriers, says REANNZ, the Crown company that runs the network.
Allowing multiple smaller organisations to gain access to KAREN through an Accredited Network Aggregator connection will also reduce both administration and connection costs while maintaining a high quality experience, says Donald Clark, chief executive of REANNZ.
“The challenges of managing the complex router configurations required for a core KAREN connection can be overwhelming for some of our members. Accredited Network Aggregator services will allow more people the chance to experience KAREN as an essential enabler of their research, education and innovation activities”, he says.
The first Accredited Network Aggregator is FX Networks.
“We're excited about being able to complement our high performance internet service with access to KAREN and the 20,000 research and education networks worldwide. We think the total package makes advanced networking simpler for our customers. It's important to us also to work in such a collaborative fashion with the folks at KAREN, and we look forward to building on this important first step to further advance real next generation network services in this country together” says Jamie Baddeley, FX Networks’ general manager of internet services.