|The network spans the
country with drop-off points in every province and soon in 2 out of the 3
territories will have relatively high-speed and always-on connections. In
each province and territory there is a provincial network (which shows up in
green on this map) that connect from the national network to actual
institutions in the province. Almost
all Canadian universities are connected and there’s a growing number of
community colleges, schools and research institutions that also have
excellent connectivity. Tyypically a large university is connected at at
least 1Gb/s but there are multi-gigabit connections to some sites..
|The national links are made
up of multiple 1Gigabit connections – with more added as required, but one of
the unique aspects of the CA*net4 network is that is can also be dynamically
configured to provide private-point-to-point links between points (where the
application justifies it). More on
Lightpaths a little later.