The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) provides a large-scale research and education data-communications network for the Asia-Pacific region. It connects Asian researchers to each other and with their counterparts in Europe via direct links to the pan-European GÉANT network, providing the Asia-Pacific countries with a gateway for global research collaboration. Operating at speeds of up to 10 Gbps it currently connects twenty countries in the Asian and South Asia region.
The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) initiative was launched at the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM 3) in Seoul in 2000 to improve Euro-Asian research networking. The first result was the installation of a France-Korea connection (TEIN1) in 2001 which was upgraded several times in the following years to meet the increasing user demands. ASEM 6 in Helsinki in September 2006 marked the official inauguration of TEIN2, which extended the bilateral success of TEIN1 to the regional level by creating the first large-scale regional data-communications network for research and education across the Asia-Pacific region.
Another milestone was achieved at the end of 2009, when the network was extended to South Asia, thus bringing the Asian community further together. This achievement was celebrated at the ASEM Workshop 'Building an Inclusive Information Society' held 1-2 December in Kuala Lumpur.
The TEIN regional network has been managed since 2006 by GÉANT (formerly DANTE), a not-for-profit organisation that operates regional network projects across the globe. In September 2012, responsibility for the new phase, TEIN4 was transferred to the TEIN* Cooperation Center (TEIN*CC) which was established by the Korean government to continue to develop the network until the end of 2016. TEIN continues to receive funding support from the European Commission which is contributing €8 million for TEIN4. TEIN4 builds up on the example of regional research & education networks in other regions of the world: