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High speed network for Qatar academic and science communities

Qatar Foundation deploying high speed optical network to link academic and scientific communities in Doha

High speed network for Qatar academic and science communities
The QFREN will connect academic and research establishments around Doha.

The Qatar Foundation, Qatar's human capital development agency, is set to roll out a high speed fibre optic network to serve academic and scientific centres in Doha.

The Qatar Foundation Research Education Network (QFREN) will link the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Education City, and the Qatar Foundation's headquarters, and will be able to handle large volumes of research data and computing processes, to enable collaboration on projects and sharing of resources within the community.

Cisco and managed services provider MEEZA are also involved in the project, which is due for an initial launch in January.

The QFREN has been compared to the advanced network which serves CERN, the European Nuclear Research Agency, which has a state of the art network used to handle data generated by its Large Hadron Collider project.

The network has a dual ring dual ring configuration for reliability, with 99.99% reliability, and a current speed of 40 Gbps, scaling to 100 Gbps in future. The core of the network is due to fully operational by January next year, with two more sites, which were not disclosed, connected during 2010.

Qatar Education City is home to the Qatar campuses of several US universities, including Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M University and Carnegie Mellon University, along with local educational establishments. QSTP is also located within Education City, and acts as an incubator for technology based-start ups and R&D organizations, and has a presence from several leading companies including EADS, ExxonMobil, GE, Microsoft, Shell and Total.

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