An investment of $43 million to establish a super high-speed internet link between universities and research organizations in New Zealand and overseas has been announced by the country’s Research, Science and Technology Minister, Steve Maharey.
The ‘Advanced Network’ will connect New Zealand universities and research institutes through a fibre-optics network that is 400 times faster than domestic broadband. The network will also provide a connection to international networks in New Zealand, Australia and the US.
An investment in infrastructure like the Advanced Network is crucial to ensuring New Zealand is able to attract and retain the best scientists and researchers, Mr Maharey said.
The Network is expected to be up and running by the second half of this year.