Providing a dedicated internet network for research and education for the Mediterranean since 2004, the EUMEDCONNECT programme, coordinated by GÉANT and now in its 3rd phase,connects universities and research centres across the southern and eastern Mediterranean to over 50 million users at more than 10,000 research and education establishments across Europe and further afield.
The beneficiary countries of
EUMEDCONNECT3 are Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Up to 2015, the partners in North African countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt) were also beneficiaries of EUMEDCONNECT3 but have now become part of AfricaConnect2, the pan-African connectivity project.
ASREN (the Arab States Research and Education Network) is a regional partner operating a dedicated PoP in London and also connecting Jordan. The PoP is available for direct interconnection by other EUMEDCONNECT3 partners and Middle Eastern NRENs requiring connections to other NRENs within the region and to the GÉANT network.
The table below shows the current status of the network:
To learn more, please visit the EUMEDCONNECT3 website: www.eumedconnect3.net
Connecting to other Middle East countries
United Arab Emirates
ANKABUT is the research and education network for the United Arab Emirates. ANKABUT interconnects federal universities in the UAE and provides for international connectivity with research and education networking peers. Via an ANKABUT link to Internet2 in the United States, academics and researchers in Europe and the UAE are able to collaborate with one another.
Ankabut is currently implementing the Arabian Global Education Open Exchange (AGE-OX) in Fujairah, UAE to broaden the global reach in the Gulf.
The Qatar Research and Education Network (QNREN) interconnects with the GÉANT network in Amsterdam. The peering, initially at 1Gbps, extends GÉANT network international connectivity and allows researchers in Qatar to collaborate with peers in Europe and other world regions. QNREN has been established with government endorsement by Qatar University, which is Qatar’s main public university.
SARInet is the Saudi Academic Research and Innovation Network which is formed by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). SARInet is administered and operated by KACST. A 1Gbps link from SARInet to the GÉANT network has been implemented by KAUST and has been operational since early 2011.