“Digital revolution history between Asia and Europe”
At the ASEM8 Summit in Brussels in October 2010, the Leaders endorsed the next phase of TEIN (TEIN4) and the
establishment of the TEIN* Cooperation Center (TEIN*CC).
In September 2012, responsibility for the new phase, TEIN4 was transferred to the TEIN* Cooperation Center(TEIN*CC)
which was established in Korea with Korean government support. The TEIN4 project phase continued to receive funding support from the EU (€8m)). TEIN4 built up on the example of regional research & education networks in other regions of the world. Also during TEIN4 new Asia-Pacific members joined: Hong-Kong, Afghanistan, Mongolia and New Zealand.
The focus of TEIN4 was to increase the usage of the network by user communities through greater promotion of the network and include a broad range of sectors for research and other non-commercial applications, in fields such as food security, health, earth and ocean observation related to natural disasters, government, education and training, and cultural heritage, and with an emphasis on applications of broad societal benefit. The project was successfully completed in December 2016 with the next project phase, Asi@Connect, starting in September 2016 for a duration of 60 months.
Another milestone was achieved at the end of 2009, when the network was extended to South Asia, thus bringing the Asian community further together. The geographical footprint was extended to South Asia and the total number of Asian partners reached 18: Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, being joined by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. This achievement was celebrated at the ASEM Workshop 'Building an Inclusive Information Society' held 1-2 December 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.
With EU funding support, the TEIN2 and TEIN3 project phases were managed by GÉANT (formerly DANTE), a not-for-profit organisation that
operates regional network projects across the globe.
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 with European Union (EU) funding support the first large-scale regional data-communications network for research and education across the Asia-Pacific region. TEIN2 represented a dramatic leap in ambition and coverage, involving 9 Asian partners: Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) initiative was launched at the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM 3) in Seoul in 2000. It has been one of the most successful ASEM initiatives to connect ICT infrastructures between Asia and Europe, contributing to enhance and diversify research exchanges and cooperation through more effective, faster and powerful dedicated internet connections between two regions as well as among Asian countries. The first result was the installation of a bilateral France-Korea connection (TEIN1) in 2001 which was upgraded several times in the following years to meet increasing user demands.