GÉANT2 reaches over 3,500 research and education institutions in over 34 countries through 30 national and regional research and education networks. GÉANT2 provides the highest capacity and offers the greatest geographic coverage of any network of its kind in the world. It allows more data to be stored, transmitted and analysed than ever before. With GÉANT2, researchers can make use of advanced network applications and perform cutting-edge projects.
The European Union supports a broader policy to ensure the global reach of research and education networks. It includes also the launching of concrete initiatives to support developing regions in the world, in particular the Mediterranean rim, Latin America and Asia via the projects EUMEDconnect, ALICE and TEIN2, respectively. These initiatives receive a financial contribution of 80% from the Cooperation funds managed by the European Commission (through DG AIDCO Programmes) to ensure the deployment of regional backbones and their interconnection with GÉANT. The establishment of a regional backbone is a key to foster cohesion and collaboration within the region, bridge the digital divide, prevent brain drain and facilitate long term sustainability.
Building and operating a multi-gigabit pan-European backbone research network interconnecting Europe's national research and education networks (NRENs), conducting joint research into the development of networking technologies and services, pursuing initiatives targeted at closing the 'digital divide', through both in-depth analysis of the picture of research networking in developing areas and the provision of direct support.
This project has been submitted to the Golden Book database.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Related MDGs: MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Ongoing: - 2008
GÉANT2 connects European researchers with colleagues in North America, Japan, Latin-America, Asia-Pacific rim, North Africa and the Middle East, South Africa, Caucasus, and Central Asia to support European scientists in their global communication and collaboration needs.