Central Asian Research and Education Network (CAREN)
Launched in January 2009, the Central Asian Research and Education Network (CAREN) is a high-capacity regional research and education network which will provide high speed internet for universities and research centers.
CAREN will help decreasing the digital divide and will directly contribute to the development of the education and research sector in the region by enabling access to modern ICT technologies and support distant collaboration through online applications such as telemedicine, distance education, applications in energy and water resources management, seismology and environmental studies.
The official launch of CAREN took place in Kyrgyzstan on 21 September 2010. With the Commission's €5 million contribution, the ancient Silk Road has been upgraded to a 21 century high-speed internet highway for research and education. Press release
What is CAREN?
CAREN will establish a high-capacity regional Research & Education network in Central Asia based on broadband Internet (with minimum link capacities of 34 Mbps) for public use of education and research institutions (commercial traffic is excluded). To set up this network, CAREN will replace the existing satellite connections established by the Virtual Silk Highway, a project funded by NATO, with bigger capacity terrestrial fiber.
Regional Research & Education networks already exist in other regions of the world: GÉANT is the European network, TEIN covers the Asian network, Alice in Latin America, EUROMEDCONNECT in the Mediterranean and BIS in the Caucasus.
With its direct connection to GÉANT, CAREN will allow researchers, educators and students in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan not only to collaborate among each other but also to engage in joint projects with their peers in Europe and in other parts of the world.
Who are the CAREN Partners?
The CAREN project is coordinated by DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Technologies to Europe) and partnered by the national research and education networks (NRENs) in the five participating Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
How is it funded?
The European Commission is contributing to 80% of the costs. The remaining funds are provided by the partners on the basis of a cost-sharing model.
The EC will fund the first phase of CAREN for 5 million in the period 2009-2011 and additional funding is foreseen for a second phase
Where can I get further information?
More information can be obtained on the website of the CAREN project