RNP has activated a new stretch of super high-speed of the national academic network, the Ipê network, between the states of Maranhão and Piauí. The link, which operates at a speed of 100 Gb/s, is one of the deliveries of the technical cooperation agreement signed with Telebras, in May, for infrastructure sharing.
The agreement establishes the sharing of Telebras infrastructure through investments by RNP in stretches of their interest. The expectation is that, in the coming months, new stretches of super high-speed will be activated between Maranhão and Distrito Federal, Pará and Tocantins, and Tocantins and the Federal District.
This agreement is one of the strategies adopted for the implementation of the New Generation of the Ipê network, which raises it to the same level as the most advanced networks in the world. The main changes are the availability of a proprietary infrastructure, i.e., having the right of use of its spectrum, or fraction, in the long term, usually up until the end of the useful life of the optical fiber, with almost limitless potential for growth, which makes the Ipê network a scalable infrastructure, based on the initial speed of 100 Gb/s.
To the Director of Engineering and Operations of RNP, Eduardo Grizendi, "in addition to being part of the new generation of the Ipê network, with all capacity and scalability expectations, it is the first step for the integration of the Northeast and North rings of this new generation".
The new land stretches of the Ipê network activated at high speed are also strategic and together meet the long-term interconnectivity needs of the research and education communities from Europe and Latin America as part of project BELLA (Building the Europe Link to Latin America).
The partnership between RNP and Telebras
The cooperation between RNP and Telebras, a state telecommunications company linked to the Ministry of Communications, has existed for a long time, with emphasis on the National Program for Broadband (PNBL), in 2013, which resulted in the high-speed connection of countryside localities and benefited federal institutes of education and research.