Brazilian experience of connecting at 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s universities and research institutions in the interior of the country
Simões Da Silva, Nelson
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The paper presents the Veredas Novas (New Paths) initiative of RNP, the Brazilian National Research and Education Network, to provide access to RNP’s national backbone network at 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s from university and research institutions campi in smaller cities throughout the country. The initiative is supported by the Ministries of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), of Education (MEC) and of Communications (MC), and involves partnerships with public and private companies, taking advantage of the current deployment of the National Broadband Plan of the Brazilian government. RNP has already interconnected nationally all the universities, university hospitals and research centres, but, in general, it is only in the 27 capital cities (26 state capitals and the national capital, Brasília) and in a handful of major non-capital cities that this is done with high-capacity connections – at 1 or 10 Gb/s. Veredas Novas, which began in February, 2012, aims to extend high-capacity connections – at 100 Mb/s or 1 Gb/s – to hundreds of campi in smaller non-capital cities. This will extend to these campi the use of advanced applications, databases, digital libraries, remote instruments and, most importantly, the opportunity for their researchers to participate in research groups and collaborative research with other institutions across the country and abroad, contributing to creating the same conditions of communication and collaboration that already exist in major centres.