RedCLARA is the advanced network established in Latin America for the regional interconnection. On September 1, 2004, RedCLARA began to provide direct connectivity at 155 Mbps through the link that interconnected the advanced networks of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Panama and Mexico, and connected them with the pan-European network GÉANT at 622 Mbps through the connection between São Paulo (Brazil) and Madrid (Spain). This infrastructure was officially launched on November 17, 2004, at the Ministerial Forum on Information Society, held in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2005, the advanced networks of Uruguay, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador were connected to RedCLARA, increasing the number of networks connected to twelve. In 2006, Colombia, Venezuela and Nicaragua established their connection to the RedCLARA backbone. However, the same year, Costa Rica decided to switch off for economic reasons, a fact that was reversed in late 2009. In 2007 the connection of Bolivia started to be studied, but Nicaragua decided to terminate its connection to RedCLARA and its participation in the Latin-American institution due to economic reasons.RedCLARA is based upon telecommunications capacities that have been contracted to various telecom operators, over which an IP network is displayed, both IPv4 (4 version of the Internet Protocol) and high quality IPv6 (version 6 of the Internet Protocol). Thus RedCLARA grows as the next-generation technology platform that enables advanced network connectivity with high bandwidth speeds not available in commercial networks, which delivers to the scientists, academics and researchers from Latin America, an infrastructure that allows to collaborate effectively with the global scientific community
Strengthen communication and collaboration for the development of research, innovation and education in Latin America, through the implementation, management and operation of a next generation telecommunications network infrastructure that interconnects the National Research and Education Networks.
The RedCLARA next-generation infrastructure, interconnects the National Research and Education Networks (NREN) of Latin America and links them directly with the advanced academic networks in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Oceania, strengthening communication and collaboration for the development of research, innovation and education.
The RedCLARA members are the following Latin American networks:
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