Network projects

​GÉANT manages research and education networking projects in partnership with the European Commission (EC), our European NREN members, global NRENs and other partners.


At the core of these projects is to interconnect national research and education networking (NREN) organisations in different regions, through the procurement, building and operation of large-scale, advanced international high-speed networks. Some of the projects also include development and delivery of services above the network, and research into networking technologies.


GÉ​ANT currently manages networking projects serving Europe (GÉANT Project), the Eastern Partnership countries (EaPConnect), the Mediterranean (EUMEDCONNECT3), Central Asia (CAREN2) and Africa (AfricaConnect2). We also participate in the Fed4FIRE testbed 'future internet' project and support GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility​. ​ An overview of these projects is shown below, with further information available on the respective project websites.

GÉANT​ Project (GN4​) ​​GEANT_logo_GN4_large.png
The GÉANT Project operates the pan-European GÉANT network, delivering advanced multi-domain services and facilitates joint-research activity that drives innovation. The overall objective is to provide a stable, though innovative environment for the growth of the GÉANT network as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area (ERA), providing the best possible infrastructure to ensure that Europe remains in the forefront of research.
The first phase of the GN4 project is GN4-1 which started 1 May 2015 and runs to 31 August 2016. The second phase is GN4-2 which started 1 May 2016 and runs to 31 December 2018.


To learn more, visit the GÉANT Project pages.


AC2_logo_large.png AfricaConnect2 supports the development of high-capacity internet networks for research and education across Africa. It builds on existing networks in Eastern and Southern Africa and North Africa and will extend connectivity into West and Central Africa. With links to the GÉANT network AfricaConnect2 will provide an African gateway for global collaborations.


To learn more, visit the AfricaConnect2website.            


caren_logo_large.pngLaunched in 2010, CAREN interconnects researchers, academics and students at over 500 institutions in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan also candidate countries.


To learn more, visit the CAREN website.


Teapconnect_logo_large.pnghe Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project sets out to create a regional high-speed internet network dedicated to research and education across Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The network will interconnect the NRENs in these six countries and integrate them with the pan-European GÉANT network.


To learn more, visit the EaPC​o​nnect website.


eumedconnect3_logo_large.pngEUMEDCONNECT3 provides a high-capacity dedicated internet network for the research and education communities across the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. The North African partners are to migrate to the AfricaConnect2 project during the course of 2015.


To learn more, visit the ​EUMEDCO​NNECT3 website.            


glif_logo_large.pngGLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, is an international consortium that promotes the paradigm of lambda networking. GLIF gathers lambda providers and GOLE (GLIF Open Lightpath Exchange) operators internationally as an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research, and supports network middleware development for global automated lambda networking.


GÉANT provides secretariat support for GLIF and participates in the Network Service Interface deployment and standardisation activities.


To learn more, visit the GLIF website.



In response to the H2020 call H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 Topic [b], GÉANT is undertaking the most significant refresh of the GÉANT network in a decade, with a major project designed to support the needs of Europe's research and education community for the next 15 years.

The GN4-3N project will involve restructuring the GÉANT backbone network through exploration and procurement of long-term Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRUs), leased lines and associated equipment, serving the GÉANT partner NRENs and providing interconnectivity to the global research and education community.

To learn more visit the project page