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CA*net 3

In February 1998, CA*net 3 was announced. This fibre optic network was the first of its kind in the world, as it was developped first and foremost as a fibre optic/data based network. It could deliver up to 40-gigabit capability (that is 250 times faster than CA*net 2). Imagine: the 2.5 hour movie Titanic downloaded in .5 seconds.

CA*net 3 was the world's first national optical network. Instead of using 1 light within a strand of the fibre optic cable, it uses 32 lights of different colours, thus providing for a much larger bandwidth. This is known as Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexed (DWDM) technology.

CA*net 3, as was the case when CA*net 2 was first developed, was only available to researchers at universities, and government laboratories engaged in research and applications development relating to high-performance networks.

The March 1999 CA*net 3 (proposed) topology is presented in 1.5.

Figure 1.5: Topology of CA*net 3

Access points to CA*net 3 are shown in 1.3.


Table 1.3: CA*net 3 Connectivity.
Province gigaPOP location backbone node
British Columbia BCnet Vancouver
Alberta WURCnet Calgary
Saskatchewan SRnet Regina
Manitoba MRnet Winnipeg
Ontario ONet Toronto
Ontario ARDNOC Ottawa
Ontario NRC Ottawa
Ontario CRC Ottawa
Québec RISQ Montreal
New Brunswick UNB Fredericton
Nova Scotia DAL Halifax
Nova Scotia UPEI Halifax
Nova Scotia Memorial Halifax
US Chicago  


More up to date information may be accessed at

http://www.canarie.ca
http://www.canet3.net (this will bring you to the CA*net 4 page!)


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Claude Cantin 2010-10-24