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Internet2 Connectivity

Drexel, in partnership with the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) of Carnegie Mellon University, provides access to Internet2, a revolutionary-class IP and optical network, created by, led by, and designed for the U.S. research and education community.

Internet2 member network traffic is exchanged or routed over a 100 Gbps high performance, low-latency national backbone. This superior connectivity allows for the transfer of massively large data sets, communications using high-definition, real-time multimedia data streams, and other advanced networking technologies that could not be sustained over the commodity Internet. Using Internet2 requires no end-user or application reconfiguration.

3ROX/Drexel connect to the national network via two 5 Gbps links that can be expanded to 10 Gbps as demand warrants. Drexel provides Internet2 service from Philadelphia to the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the School District of Philadelphia, and the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Bandwidth Price Schedule

Internet2 bandwidth is priced on a sliding scale with discounts increasing exponentially with larger commitments. The table below shows several price points; parties interested in other speeds should contact Drexel to learn more.

Mbps $/Mbps/Mo $/Month $/Year
10 $76.21 $762 $9,145
20 $55.40 $1,108 $13,297
50 $36.35 $1,817 $21,809
100 $26.42 $2,642 $31,709
200 $19.21 $3,842 $46,105
500 $12.60 $6,302 $75,619
1,000 $9.16 $9,162 $109,948

Available Port Locations

Drexel can provide Internet2 port access to other institutions at any of three locations in Philadelphia or can deliver Internet2 Service using KINBER/PennREN's Member-to-Member Exchange or other Premium PennREN service. In all locations the transport speed of the Internet2 port will be 1Gbps.

  • Any KINEBER PENNRENN Network Location
  • 401 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, Telcom Carrier Hotel
  • 3701 Market St, Philadelphia, Univ City Sci Ctr Telcom Carrier Hotel
  • 15 S. 33rd St, Philadelphia, Drexel University Primary Data Center For More Information

Drexel will be glad to help you identify the most effective means of providing transport services. Call to arrange a consultation to review connection fees, transport options, and to review configuration requirements and feasibility.

Contact Ken Blackney (, 215-895-1505), Associate Vice President for Technology, for more information.