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Internet2 Connection to Israel Completed

The physical connection between Israeli inter-university computation center Machba and the U.S.-based network center for Internet2 was completed this week, with official inauguration just around the bend.

The satellite connection is executed via Gilat to the backbone of Internet2 in Chicago and at a rate of 45 megabits per second. This type of satellite connection to Internet2 is the first in its field, and many are waiting to see if the optical fiber connection matches the network performance standards of on-land or underwater connections.

Israel is connecting to Internet2 as part of a four-year program, at an expense of $40 million. In the future, this connection will be expanded to 622 megabits per second.

Machba serves a total of approximately 200,000 students and an additional 35,000 personnel throughout the country, of whom 100,000 students and 20,000 personnel are located in the main eight Israeli universities. Other universities and colleges are connected to one of the main universities, usually via frame-relay.

During the last six months, Machba's connection bandwidth has increased 20-fold between the connection to Internet2 and the upgrading of internal lines to ATM. According to Avi Weiss, analyst, Machba's network performance will be the best amongst Israeli Internet providers.

The Israeli model, which was approved by Internet2's management, differs slightly from the American model, which designates the network for academic use only. In Israel it has been decided that research and development bodies will be able to join Machba.