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Asi@Connect Project

Asi@Connect provides a dedicated regional high capacity and high quality Internet network for research and education collaboration in the Asia region and leverage the e-infrastructure developed for public service projects. It connects Asian researchers to each other and with their counterparts in Europe via direct links to the pan-European GÉANT network. Operating at speeds of up to 10 Gbps it currently connects twenty countries/economies in the Asia region.

Asi@Connect is the successor of the TEIN project, which started in 2001 with direct link between Korea and France, and has developed as the leading Asian regional R&E network through its project phases (TEIN1, TEIN2, TEIN3 and TEIN4). Asi@Connect aims for fulfilling a number of Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) through improved access to education and research resources. The project focus is on assistance to Least Developed Countries(LDCs) whilst also providing products and services applications to network users and promoting research collaboration in line with the SDGs.

The main activities:

  • Network Procurement and Management
  • Capacity development of developing country NRENs
  • Research and Education Network Design & Operations and associated capacity development
  • Deployment of specialized network products, services and applications and associated capacity development
  • Promoting AsiaConnect-enabled research and education collaboration for societal benefit
  • Helping to bridge the digital divide in developing countries

The current project phase, Asi@Connect, is a 60-month project beginning 1 September 2016, which is jointly funded by the European Commission and participating Asian NRENs. Through a special contract with the EC, TEIN*CC manage the project. Korean Government, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, supports the project and TEIN*CC, and Seoul Metropolitan Government support TEIN*CC office providing the facilities and its management. Asi@Connect builds up on the example of regional research & education networks in other regions of the world:

  • GÉANT (Europe)
  • RedCLARA (Latin America)
  • EUMEDCONNECT (Mediterranean)
  • C@ribNET (Caribbean)
  • AfricaConnect2 / WACREN / UbuntuNet (Africa)
  • CAREN (Central Asia)
  • Internet2 / ESNET / CANARIE (North America)
  • ASREN(Middle East)

Key facts – AsiaConnect Project (Asi@Connect)

Start date: 1 Sep 2016
Duration: 60 months
Total Budget: € 36.5 M
EC contribution: € 20.0 M
NREN contribution: € 16.5 M
24 Countries/economies Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
Co-funded By the EU and participating Asian NRENs. The project receives funding from the European Unions under the grant contract ACA 2016/376-562(Asi@Connect)