High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program


Delivered by the NRC's Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre, the High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program is developing innovative technologies to enable network operators and service providers to offer secure, affordable, and high-speed internet services in rural and remote communities across Canada. Going beyond the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's universal service objective of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload with unlimited data, the vision of this Challenge program is "1 Gb/s everywhere".

High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program (Transcript)

About the program

Areas of focus

The High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program works with stakeholders to develop technologies enabling the implementation of next-generation, and next-after-next-generation high-speed telecommunication networks. Through collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders, the program will develop disruptive solutions in:

Getting involved

We invite researchers at Canadian and international universities, government departments, colleges, and highly innovative firms with relevant expertise to collaborate with us on this Challenge program.

The High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program has strengths in materials growth and processing, and in device design and fabrication. Although collaborations in these areas are welcome, the program has a special need for collaboration with teams and organizations with expertise in system assembly and design in the application areas of relevance to the program mandate and research themes.

Through the program, we have a particular interest in integrating Gender-Based Analysis Plus in research and we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce.

Grant and contribution funding is available through the NRC's National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise.

Find out more about collaborating with us, and how to apply!

Express your interest

News and events


Dr. Pavel Cheben received Public Service Award of Excellence

Events and workshops

A number of workshops and other engagement activities to help scope research activities and define project plans will take place in 2020-21. Further details will be posted soon.

Program team

The NRC's High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program is made up of a highly-skilled and multi-disciplinary team possessing a broad range of expertise in photonics, business and advisory services, and program management.

  • Lynne Genik, Program Director
  • Dr. Sylvain Raymond, Deputy Director and Optical Satellite Communications Lead
  • Dr. Marina Gertsvolf, Network Metrology and Timing Lead
  • Dr. Aimee Gunther, Theme Lead for Quantum and Cybersecurity
  • Dr. Boris Lamontagne, Photonics for Fiber and Fixed Wireless Lead
  • Dr. Rebecca Trueman, Challenge Officer

Contact us

If you are interested in collaborating with us, making investments in this area, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Lynne Genik
Program Director, High-throughput and Secure Networks
Telephone: 343-550-4174
Email: NRC.HTSN-RHDS.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

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