iCAIR Press Releases
Industry Canada and Canarie Inc. Partner to Build CA*NET 4
OTTAWA, April 29, 2002 - The Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua,
Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development), on behalf of
Industry Minister Allan Rock, and CANARIE Inc. President and CEO,
Andrew Bjerring, today announced a $110 Million Funding Agreement to
design, develop and operate Canada's National Research and Innovation
Network, CA*net 4. This network will benefit the society, culture and
quality of life of Canadians while enhancing Canada's opportunities
in the global knowledge-based economy.
"CA*net 4 provides Canadian researchers with the network essential
for innovation in the 21st century," stated Secretary of State
Bevilacqua. "Our goal is to make Canada one of the top five countries
in the world for research and development performance by 2010 and the
network is fundamental to achieving this. It will allow Canadian
researchers to pursue world-class research in areas important to all
Canadians, such as health, education and the environment."
"CA*net 4 will help Canada and Canadian companies retain their
leadership position in the development of advanced research networks
and networking technology and applications," said Andrew Bjerring.
"With Industry Canada and our partners, we are changing how networks
are designed and used and how computing is done."
The development and implementation of CA*net 4 is vital to scientists
and researchers who conduct leading-edge research in this country.
CA*net 4 will be built in partnership with the private sector and
with participating provincial research networks. It will also create
domestic and international partnerships to accelerate the development
of sophisticated network tools and advanced research applications.
CA*net 4 will provide Canadian researchers with an innovative network
that will enable them to collaborate with their peers in Canada and
around the world to develop and test new applications and
technologies. Research grids, which are emerging as the global
standard for research initiatives, will now be possible in Canada.
The construction of CA*net 4 is starting immediately. Its launch is
scheduled for early fall 2002. For more information on CA*net 4,
please visit http://www.canarie.ca.