CENGN and ORION partner to enhance Canada’s innovation economy

Published: August 15th, 2017

ORION and CENGN are proud to announce a new 10Gbps private peering connection that will open more opportunities and services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to test and validate their innovations.

This new collaboration builds on a history of partnership between ORION and CENGN, both dedicated to serving the innovation economy through digital infrastructure. CENGN strives to uplift Canada as a leader in the global ICT community by collaborating with SMEs and industry leaders like ORION. Currently, CENGN and ORION are working together on an Ontario expansion project that will bring CENGN’s services across the province.

Prior to this collaboration with ORION, CENGN provided peering connections for their projects through its members, Rogers and TELUS. By connecting to ORION, not only does CENGN increase its network redundancy, making it more reliable, but it also results in a quicker 10Gbps low latency network. ORION’s research, education, and innovation community from across Ontario will now be able to leverage this network connection.

To complete the 10Gbps Broader Gateway Protocol (BGP) Peering connection, CENGN is using linked-fibre from their headquarters in Kanata to ORION’s Point of Presence (PoP) in Ottawa. A 10GE port connects each location using long-reach optics over dark fibre provided by CENGN member, Zayo.

Not only will CENGN Cloud users benefit from greater network reliability through redundancy, they will also enjoy five times the bandwidth. Through ORION, CENGN projects will have access to shared resources, cloud-based peering partners, and Canadian content providers that support innovation, plus Canada’s National Research and Education Network and global R&E networks, all of which will open up more partnership opportunities for Canadian organizations and businesses.

“We know that today’s complex problems can only be solved when diverse minds can collaborate on solutions,” said Alfonso Licata, President and CEO of ORION. “Our partnership with CENGN means that we are one step closer to the innovation ecosystem we were born to empower.”

This partnership brings together all the collaborators necessary to bring innovation to fruition, connecting academia, industry, researchers and educators.


Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN’s internationally recognized testing centre employs interoperability between multiple software and hardware products, providing a unique environment to commercialize advanced products, applications and services. Our fully operational data centre is running a production OpenStack environment with multiple connections to a real-world WAN. CENGN services include: Proof of Concept (PoC) validation and hosting, interoperability/performance/ certification testing, technical training (SDN, NFV, IPv6, ODL, OpenStack), innovation for hire and commercialization acceleration. CENGN members include: Bell, Cisco, EXFO, Fujitsu, Ribbon Communications, Invest Ottawa, Juniper, Mitel, Nokia, Rogers, TELUS, Wind River, and Zayo Canada.


ORION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ontario researchers, educators and innovators. The organization fosters a community of more than two million users at more than a hundred universities, colleges, hospitals and research institutions, as well as the majority of Ontario’s school boards. ORION enables ground-breaking discoveries and cutting-edge education by connecting institutions and regions through our network, facilitating collaboration, and providing its community with the digital tools and expert support they need to make the world a better place.

To learn more about ORION, check out their website at www.orion.on.ca/ .

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CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, drives technology innovation and industry growth through our testbed, technical expertise, talent development, and partner ecosystem. Through our projects, CENGN enables small and medium Canadian Enterprises to test and validate promising technologies, removing barriers to product commercialization and accelerating market growth.

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