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Advanced network project

RNP fosters research on networks and advanced network technology in Brazil through its own initiatives, partnerships and support to external projects. In the realm of partnerships, Giga Project is being organized, together with CPqD (Research Center for Telecommunications Development), universities, research centers, governmental organizations and telecommunications companies. Regarding external initiatives, RNP helps in bids calling for projects aimed at prospecting and developing new services and applications and at implanting high performance networks.

Giga Project

Giga Project consists of the development of optical network technologies, applications and telecommunication services associated with IP technology and broadband. It will also permit qualifying Brazilian companies in competitive technology. This project will result in the creation of an experimental network, with transmission capacity of up to Gbps and the generation of products and services in the form of prototypes. The initial topology of the network will include the cities of Campinas, São Paulo, São José dos Campos, Cachoeira Paulista, Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis and Niterói.

Giga Project will comprise four areas of theme coordination: optical networks, network protocols and services, experimental telecommunications services and scientific services and applications. Each area will be further divided into research and development subprojects. RNP, together with the Research and Development Center on Telecommunications (Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações - CPqD), is in charge of its executive management. The partnership signed with Finep in December 2002 predicts and investment of R$ 55 million in 3 years. This money comes from Funttel – the Fund for Technological Development of Telecommunications from the Ministry of Communications.

Advanced network bid

In October 2001, RNP and CNPq launched the "Information and Communication Technology, Products and Services, Applied to Advanced Networks" bid. Its aim was financing projects of technology application, development and research on advanced networks so as to support the development in the country of products, applications, knowledge and professional qualification in high performance computer networks, with ensured quality of service.

Eight proposals were approved and count on RNP's support. RNP offers connectivity through RNP2 backbone and gives support regarding quality of service (QoS). Through its Innovation Management, RNP follows the progress of the projects.

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Artigos de P&D

Advanced network articles