Global Connectivity: World Regions
Co-founded by the European Union and launched in 2010, CAREN interconnects researchers, academics and students at R&E institutions in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan also candidate countries.
The CAREN network became operational in the summer of 2010, and today connects the following NRENs:
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To learn more,
visit the CAREN website.
Connectivity between Afghanistan universities and GÉANT is provided by the
SILK-Afghanistan project with a 155Mbps link between Kabul and Vienna on terrestrial optic fibre. SILK-Afghanistan, which is jointly funded by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme and the U.S. Department of State, currently connects 18 Afghan universities, benefiting an estimated 70,000 students, teachers and researchers in the country, providing them with a gateway to GÉANT’s 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe.
A new organisation, AfgREN, is being set up to manage a dedicated national research and education network (NREN) for the country, a model successfully proven around the world. Looking to the future, Afghanistan has also joined the pan-Asian TEIN research and education networking project, and a new high-speed network connection to the TEIN network backbone is planned for 2015.
Provision for Internet access for Kabul University by NATO commenced in 2006 and was subsequently expanded to include 14 provincial universities with the launch of the SILK-Afghanistan project in 2010. In spring 2013, the project was extended to June 2015 with continuing funding from both donors. [back to top]