NgREN maintains and manages a robust network infrastructure to support connectivity and services in the first phase. The MPLS core is riding on 4no. Cisco ASR 9001 routers used as the P routers and 4no. Cisco ASR 1002 routers used as PE routers. The connected institutions are provided Cisco ISR 1947 routers and Gigabit capacity radios in addition to HiDef Video Conferencing using Cisco SX20 endpoints.
The design of the second phase will incorporate an increase in the numbers and capacities of the routers to allow for future-proofing of network assets. It is envisaged that the network will grow in leaps and bounds from this phase so much higher capacity routers and links will be provisioned to accommodate the hundreds of institutions and additional services.