Asi@Connect provides dedicated high-capacity internet connectivity for research and education communities across Asia-Pacific; operating at speeds of up to 10 Gbps, it currently interconnects universities and research centres in 21 countries/economies across the region. It also connects to the 50 million European researchers and academics served by the GÉANT network and supports collaborative programmes in areas such as Earth observation, disaster warning, climate research, food security, delivery of e-health and e-learning.
Asi@Connect marks the 4th phase of EU funding to the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN)programme which was launched as an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) initiative in 2001; it successfully established a regional research and education internet network (TEIN) from scratch in 2004 and progressively expanded its geographical footprint over the years. During this new phase, greater emphasis will be placed on delivering the project with increased involvement of additional partners within the Asia-Pacific R&E community.
Asi@Connect aims to fulfill 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 advanced services to network users and promoting R&E collaborations. Main activities:
|Start date||1 Sep 2016||EU contribution||€ 20.0 M|
|Duration||60 months||NREN contribution||€ 16.5 M|
|Total Budget||€ 36.5 M|
|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)|