Service speeds access to important Internet content and applications.

[Ottawa, Ontario | February 21, 2012] Universities and colleges connected to the CANARIE network can now have faster and less expensive access to content on the Internet, CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, announced today.

CANARIE’s new Content Delivery Service provides educational institutions with faster access to Internet-based content, like learning delivery systems and cloud computing services, which are taking an increasingly important role in education and research. The Content Delivery Service is enabled through settlement-free peering, in which organizations choose to make their Internet content available at no charge.

“This service gives our community faster access to the Internet- based resources and content they need, without increasing their Internet transit costs,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “Our community will save over $1 million per year through the use of CANARIE’s Content Delivery Service. It’s another way we are able to leverage Canada’s investment in the CANARIE network to deliver long-term value to the research and education community.”

CANARIE operates Canada’s ultra-high speed network, thousands of times faster than the Internet, which enables world-class research and discovery at universities, colleges, research hospitals, government labs and private sector research facilities across the country. CANARIE also funds the development of software to enable wider access to research data and tools.

The institutional benefits of the Content Delivery Service are immediate and meaningful. According to Graham Mowbray, Director of Computing and Communications, Memorial University of Newfoundland, “Our external network capacity has increased today by over 25% with no additional cost to Memorial, and there is more capacity available as our demand increases.”

CANARIE receives funding from the Government of Canada in five-year mandates. The Content Delivery Service, by offering an opportunity to reduce institutional network fees, aligns with CANARIE’s core mandate to deliver cost-effective advanced network services to the research and education community. There is currently no charge to institutions to connect to the CANARIE network or to access the Content Delivery Service.

More information on CANARIE’s Content Delivery Service is available on

CANARIE is working towards renewal of its mandate in the 2012 budget. The mandate renewal section ( of the CANARIE website provides more detailed information on CANARIE’s renewal proposal, as well as information and tools for stakeholders wishing to send messages of support to government decision-makers involved in the renewal process.

What is settlement-free peering?

Amazon, Google, and Limelight, among others, are providing in- kind services to the Canadian university community by participating in CANARIE’s Content Delivery Service via settlement-free peering. Settlement-free peering is an agreement between two entities that enables access to Internet content free of charge.

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For more information, please contact:
Wynn Anne Sibbald
Communications Manager CANARIE
(613) 943-5432


CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

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