The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) uses the ICT technologies to increase regional cooperation with Asian countries and to bridge the digital divide of less developed regions. It connects universities and research institutions with high capacity Internet network to increase the exchanges of knowledge among them and make big international research projects real.
The extension of TEIN3 to South Asia will be celebrated at the next ASEM workshop “Building an Inclusive Information Society” which will take place on 1-2 Decembre 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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What is TEIN3 ?
Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN3) provides a large-scale research and education data-communications network for the Asia-Pacific region. It connects Asian researchers to each other and with their counterparts in Europe via direct links to Europe’s GÉANT2 network, providing the Asia-Pacific countries with a gateway for global research collaboration. Operating at speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps it currently connects thirteen countries in the Asian region and is soon expanding to South Asia.
TEIN3 is the third generation of TEIN network. The initial intention to create TEIN was a bilateral activity between France and Korea. The EC funded the expansion of TEIN2 to other ASEM countries with a budget of €10 million in the years 2004-2008. At the end of 2008 the network had 11 partners covering China, Indonesia, Hong-Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia, some of them funding their own share of project costs. In the course of 2009 Laos and Cambodia joined the network and by the end of 2009 additional 6 countries from South Asia will be connected: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
TEIN3 builds up on the example of regional research & education networks in other regions of the world: GÉANT is the European network, Alice covers Latin America, EUROMEDCONNECT the Mediterranean countries, BIS the Caucasus, and a network named CAREN is starting in Central Asia.
How is TEIN funded?
TEIN3 is supported by the EC with a contribution of €11,4 million covering 63% of the project costs. The remaining funds are provided by the partners on the basis of a cost-sharing model.
Which are TEIN success stories?
Thanks to TEIN, students are benefiting from better internet access, researchers from increased speed and capacity, which enables exchanging big amounts of data and makes international research collaboration possible.
TEIN3’s applications include supporting disaster-warning systems, tele-medicine, e-learning, crop research, earth-observation and radio astronomy, to name but a few. Thus doctors in Vietnam are able to provide surgery with the remote consultation of Australian experts (telemedecine), the Philippines meteorologists to predict the typhoons with the help of German scientists (meteorology predictions) and a number of students to receive international knowledge using e-learning. These TEIN success stories are presented within the following memo [95 KB] and within these two case studies (TEIN 2 telemedicine ; TEIN 2 INWA grid )
Where can I get further information?
More information can be obtained on the TEIN website.
Please do not hesitate to consult the memo [95 KB] to know more on TEIN success stories.