The RISQ network is ubiquitous in Quebec's educational environment. Province-wide, it gives the universities that have deployed it access to a vast array of services and expertise. This stable, efficient and high-performance broadband network also serves every public college and a large segment of the research community.
The RISQ network is the Quebec portal for the Canada-wide CA*net network. Through this network, it is linked to every major research and education network worldwide. Finally, it of course includes a gateway to the Internet and its billions of files and Web pages and tens of thousands of Usenet newsgroups.
The most noteworthy features of the network's architecture are its optical transport infrastructure, its three-level routing hierarchy, the main protocols it uses and, especially, QIX: an Internet traffic-routing hub for every major telecommunications carrier in Quebec.