NET NEWS: Latin American Connection

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Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 1999
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.1999d

Chilean scientists gathered in Santiago last week to mark the first high-speed research Internet links between the United States and a Latin American country. The Internet2 tie is one of several high-performance links for research and education paving the way for applications such as distance education and astronomy collaborations.

The new satellite link will give Chilean universities a 32-megabits-per-second (Mbps) link to the U.S. research network Internet2, which is about 20 times faster than a T1 line. By next March, a link to the Chilean telescopes should enable remote control of the new Gemini South from the United States—as well as faster image transmission from other observatories. Also opening this month is a 155-Mbps link between Internet2 and Mexican universities. And later this fall, Internet2 is expected to reach Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina—where it will ship northward the first data from a new U.S.-supported cosmic ray observatory.

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