High-Speed intl connectivity for Indian scientists

Mumbai: In a step to engage scientific community directly with global counterparts for research in advanced big-data sciences, India`s first public 1 Gbps international link has begun supporting large flows of scientific data between US and the country from June 9.

The 1 Gbps international link is one of two such links donated by Tata Communications Ltd for use, free of cost for one year, to the US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded GLORIAD/Taj programme, a release here said.

One of the key goals of the `Taj` extension of GLORIAD was to connect Egypt and India to Singapore and to Amsterdam. The Egypt link was inaugurated in May this year.

The connectivity to GLORIAD (http://www.gloriad.org), a special science and education internet with multiple 10 Gbps links connecting 15 partner countries, is meant exclusively for research and education (R&E) purposes.

Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai has played a key enabling role in the project. The project will also create India`s first community owned and operated `Open Exchange` in Bangalore for advanced R&E communication services, ORF senior fellow Dr Leena Chandran-Wadia said.