The GÉANT network builds on the interconnection of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), operates at speeds of up to 500Gbps and connects over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe. It offers the highest levels of capacity and security that Research and Education (R&E) users need, across scientific disciplines, where and when they need it.
Innovative services to empower international research and education
The GÉANT EU-funded project, GN4-3, offers a comprehensive portfolio of e-Infrastructure services to support open science and enhance the connectivity options available. These services address the following areas: connectivity and network management, trust identity and security, storage and cloud services, real-time communications, and professional services, for instance:
- eduroam (education roaming) provides seamless Wi-Fi access for R&E around the world through a single and secure login facility - making international collaboration much easier.
- eduGAIN interconnects research and education identity federations around the world simplifying access to content, services and resources for the global R&E community through a secure single-sign-on access for students and researchers.
At the heart of global research and education networking
GÉANT reaches more than 100 countries worldwide via extensive global partnerships to ensure high performance connectivity and make a range of services available to user groups across the world, enhancing their ability to work together.
Under this collaboration with global R&E network partners, GÉANT is involved in the BELLA project (Building the Europe Link with Latin America), as member of its consortium. Under this project, a new data highway is built between Europe and Latin America to provide high broadband connectivity and boost business, scientific and cultural exchanges.
In collaboration with regional partners, GÉANT also manages international networking projects to support the development of high-capacity internet networks for R&E and boost global collaborations, such as:
- AfricaConnect3 across Africa,
- The Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) across six countries of the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
GÉANT and EOSC
Additionally, GÉANT is collaborating with major European e-Infrastructures to develop the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
GÉANT can essentially serve as the access provider for the EOSC and provide seamless high-speed networking to deliver appropriate access to cloud services, data, research infrastructures and the many other resources and services of the EOSC.
GÉANT also supports the adoption of federated access under authentication and authorisation framework, as the one developed by the EU-funded and GÉANT- coordinated project AARC, to guarantee a secure and interoperable access to EOSC resources.
GÉANT is a trusted partner of the European Commission for many years. As the coordinator of projects co-funded by the EU, GÉANT receives EU funding to build, develop and operate networks in Europe and beyond, and lead collaborative innovation, federated service delivery, and support for knowledge-sharing, to the research and education community.