TEIN - a gateway for global collaboration
With more than 55 million users and representing over 60% of the world's population, the TEIN network currently interconnects universities and research centres in 23 countries across Asia-Pacific.
Between 2006 and 2012 the TEIN regional network was established and managed by DANTE (now GÉANT). In September 2012, responsibility for the successor phase, TEIN4, was transferred to the TEIN* Cooperation Center (TEIN*CC) with the backing of the Korean government. The current project phase Asia@Connect (2016-2021) receives €20m funding support from the European Union.
TEIN has multiple connections to GÉANT:
- at 10Gbps from Madrid to Mumbai;
- a 10Gbps circuit between Singapore and London;
- a 10Gbps Beijing-London link.
The following NRENs are currently connected to TEIN:
Visit the Asi@Connect website.
Jointly funded and managed by GÉANT and CERNET, a 10Gbps link between Beijing and London provides direct high-capacity EU-China connectivity and seamlessly continues the EC-funded ORIENTplus circuit that was established between 2011 and 2014. The main applications running over the link include genome projects, LHC collaborations, radio-astronomy, severe-weather forecasting, agriculture, astrophysics; the ITER fusion project will also benefit.
In September 2015 GÉANT and CERNET (China Education and Research Network) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce their long-term partnership and to further strengthen ICT collaboration between the European and Chinese research and education networking communities. The partnership will ensure coordinated operation of the EU/China connectivity and will plan for capacity upgrades in the future. In addition, the parties committed to supporting the deployment of advanced network services (e.g. eduroam and perfSONAR) and Future Internet testbeds, and to jointly undertaking outreach and user support activities within their research and education communities.
At TNC16 in Prague,
representatives of the European and Chinese NREN communities came together with the clear
intention to build on the strong ORIENTplus brand and thus to effectively promote the link, raise awareness of its
benefits among existing and prospective users and cooperate on technical
To find out more, please visit the ORIENTplus website.
Additional connections to Japan and Taiwan
In addition to its connection to the TEIN network in the Asia-Pacific region, the Japanese network, SINET, also peers with GÉANT at 10Gbps in New York and at 10Gbps in Washington DC.
In April 2016 NII (Japanese National Institute of Informatics) provided 20Gbps connectivity directly between Japan and GÉANT in London as part of its next phase network, SINET5.
The Taiwanese network, TWAREN, also connects to New York where it peers with GÉANT, enabling Taiwanese academics and scientists to collaborate with their partners in Europe.
The Academia Sinica Grid Computing (ASGC) network of Taiwan also peers with GÉANT via a 10Gbps link to the GÉANT point-of-presence in Amsterdam.
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