Next Generation Network Implementation

Monday, October 13, 2008

Over the last several years, growth of bandwidth demand for MOREnet has been significant. Indeed, in fiscal year 2008 alone, bandwidth demand grew by more than 40 percent. In an effort to combat this significant and accelerating growth, we began planning the Next Generation Network (NGN). NGN is a cooperative project between the University of Missouri and MOREnet that will stabilize network backbone costs over the next 20 years while preserving our ability to increase bandwidth at a minimal cost.

The planning phase of the NGN project is complete, and implementation has begun. The implementation will be complex. In the next four to six months, MOREnet technicians will install equipment in 26 locations throughout the state, increasing backbone capacity from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps.

During this same period, we will relocate the Kansas City and St. Louis hub facilities to carrier-neutral sites that will allow us to take advantage of direct network to network connectivity with content providers. These direct peering relationships will slow the growth on the Internet circuits and lower our cost per megabit.

Our goal during the transition is to minimize impact to MOREnet members. We have taken great care in developing the strategies and operational plans to minimize outage risks. We will do our best to minimize disruptions during the transition.

NGN provides a tremendous opportunity for MOREnet members and will solidify the network infrastructure for years to come.

Hank Niederhelm
Director of Infrastructure