With little fanfare and minimal downtime, IUCC completed the migration of all international links to Tamares Telecom.
GÉANT, the pan-European Academic Network carries out regular tenders throughout to acquire the most effective pricing for links to interconnect all academic networks. Tamares Telecom was recently awarded the contract in the latest tender. But due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, implementation was delayed from April 2020. The entire migration of the two circuits of 3x10Gb/sec links (one to London and one to Frankfurt) was completed on August 3, 2020.
As a member of GÉANT, and as part of the tender agreement, IUCC had to ensure that undersea cable connectivity must provide two paths via different cable systems. This is to avoid situations where there is a single point of failure. As it did in 2017, this tender stipulated that the Israel-Frankfurt path would run via Med-Nautilus, alongside the Israel-London path running via Tamares Telecom. This is what enables Israel’s National Research & Education Network, operated by IUCC, to meet volatile capacity demands and with the GÉANT network behind it, deliver essential connectivity for academic research.
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