​Scientific communities in Europe and China to benefit from 

additional high-speed intercontinental link

Cambridge, UK, Amsterdam, NL, Beijing, China | 04 February 2019


Collaborative scientific research between Europe and China is set to be further boosted by an additional 10G of inter-regional connectivity which has just entered service.

CSTNET logo 2.jpgJointly tendered and contracted by GÉANT and CSTNET, the Chinese science network, the new circuit directly links CSTNET’s national network and GÉANT’s pan-European research and education backbone over a low latency terrestrial fibre optic cable. Funding is shared between Europe and China: the European share is provided by the GÉANT project which is co-funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme whilst the Chinese part is contributed by the Chinese government.

The capacity boost comes in response to the increasing data transfer requirements of collaborative research between Europe and China on projects such as the ITER energy fusion reactor, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, the meteorological TIGGE ensemble forecasts, EUMETSAT, the EBI-BGI genomics collaboration and the worldwide e-VLBI radio-astronomy network, to name but a few. 

The new circuit complements the existing 10G London-Beijing link jointly contracted by GÉANT and the Chinese NREN CERNET since 2015 following the successful completion of the ORIENTplus project which had established the first direct connection between Europe and China with CERNET and CSTNET.

“The growing number of research programmes and academic collaborations between Europe and China showed an increase in data exchanged and clearly highlighted the need for additional and resilient high-capacity connectivity”, commented Erik Huizer, GEANT CEO. “For many applications with significant economic impact in the long term, such as the ITER global energy fusion programme and the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) experiment, good connectivity will be the only viable solution. We are pleased to be able to provide this solution jointly with our Chinese partners and we welcome this new link which will give an additional boost to scientific collaborations between our regions.”

Fangyu Liao, General Director, Computer Network Information Center (CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, CSTNET added: “We are very proud of this result which will meet the needs of Chinese researchers for a low-latency connectivity solution not only for increased capacity but also time-critical data traffic, such as for meteorological applications. And we have agreed with our colleagues at CERNET mutual back-up for the two EU-China links to optimize resilience so that we can give our users the best service possible.” 


GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe's economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.

For more information, visit www.geant.org


A Department of the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), CSTNET (China Science and Technology Network) originated in 1989 from the  National Computing and Networking Facility of China (NCFC) and developed from the network of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Today, CSTNET covers 30 provinces, cities and autonomous regions across China via 13 regional sub-centers, connecting over 1 million researchers and scholars at more than 370 institutions in CAS as well as other national organisations such as China Meteorological Administration, China Academy of Forestry, China Earthquake Administration, China Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

For more information, visit http://english.cnic.cas.cn