South Korea deploys Asia’s first 600G nationwide research network

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) in South Korea has launched what is considered as the first 600G nationwide research network in Asia. 

Running on Ciena’s 6500 powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) programmable 800 Gbps coherent technology, KISTI’s network is seen as instrumental in building South Korea’s reputation as a leader in research and development and digital innovation.

BuSeung Cho, director of KISTI’s KREONET Center, said that with the recent increase in data-intensive science based on petascale or exascale data, many of the research tasks performed by their member institutions are driven by large-scale big data. 

Thus, they have built KREONET, a high-speed national science and research network between member institutions. 

“This collaborative research environment enables cutting-edge scientific and technological research and requires a high-speed network,” said Cho. “The 600G research network can support the capacity and high bandwidth demands required by domestic and foreign member institutions.”

The network, touted as the first research network to provide long distance 600G capabilities in Asia, leverages Ciena’s 6500 which enables KISTI to stay ahead of unpredictable network demands required for the cutting-edge research by KREONET member institutions. 

Additionally, Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent technology promises to improve optical network performance and to optimise power utilisation in KISTI’s network.

“South Korea is a leader in digital innovation, being the world’s first country to launch commercial 5G service for example, and much of this progress is a result of the priority (that the country) places on research and development,” said Henry Kim, president of Ciena North Asia.  

“To help these researchers further innovate and collaborate better with their peers, KISTI is leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent technology to empower its advanced network infrastructure,” said Kim.