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  1. AUSAID, AARNet and Pacific Island Connectivity Craig Keating, AUSAID Manager, Virtual Columbo Plan Mary O’Kane, Senior Advisor, Virtual Columbo Plan George McLaughlin, Director, International Developments, AARNet International Workshop with Aid and Development Agencies Arlington, 22 April 2004

  2. R&E Network Organisations working together with Aid/Development Agencies • Several Aid/Development agencies work with R&E Network organisations to assist developing countries to improve network infrastructure • EuropeAID/DANTE: ALICE, EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN2 • JICA/WIDE: Various • AUSAID/AARNet: University of South Pacific Connectivity • In other cases the footprint of the network efforts sponsored by Aid/Development agencies overlaps with the coverage of national and regional R&E networks • There are objectives in common between R&E network organisations and Aid/Development agencies in improving the lot of developing countries • Working together and sharing infrastructure can achieve these objectives and can lead to significant cost savings • An obvious example is by using video-over-IP over R&E networks compared to commercial ISDN – huge savings (simulation example)

  3. AUSAID’s Virtual Columbo Plan • Craig Keating (AUSAID) has researched the use of ICTs by countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and its use to support development • 'Virtual Colombo Plan' - a joint initiative between the World Bank and the Australian Government to promote the use of information and communication technologies for development. • Mary O’Kane – former Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, member of the Australian Research Council and former member of the AARNet Board • As Senior advisor to AUSAID Mary produced the report “An advanced network for the University of the South Pacific” which underpinned to development of the project • The report is available on the workshop website and could be a resource for similar developments elsewhere

  4. An advanced network for the University of the South Pacific • AARNet has a long-term (13 years remaining) lease on a 155Mbps circuit that currently goes between Sydney, Hawaii and Seattle (Pacific Wave) • This link interconnects with the Australian R&E networks in Sydney, with the North American networks in Seattle, and with a link to Japan at Hawaii • Suva, Fiji is an unactivated landing site on this circuit • By activating this landing at Suva, the Suva campus of the University of the South Pacific has access to the global R&E network infrastructure, facilites and services • Upgrade USPNet to the other Pacific Island campuses of USP using new satellite technology • JICA to build a new ICT centre at the Suva campus of USP

  5. AARNET’s Pacific Rim Network

  6. Current Status • Funding approved • Additional “drop point” ordered • Monopoly carrier issue to be resolved

  7. AARNET’s International Network