GÉANT and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan (NICT) reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen network research cooperation between Europe and Japan by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

"In the framework of Horizon 2020, NICT has built a sound partnership with European players through participation in various EU-Japanese network research projects. We welcome extending the MoU to continue our collaboration with GÉANT and to jointly support our many researchers across Europe and Japan” Dr. Makoto Imase, Vice President of NICT.

The primary areas of cooperation agreed upon in the memorandum include testbed interconnection and interoperability and research in the field of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Further areas of mutual interest are expected to be identified during the term of the MoU.

NICT is Japan’s principal ICT research organisation and provides advanced, new-generation research testbed facilities for the development of cutting-edge internet technologies and applications at national and international levels.

For its part, the GÉANT Testbed Service (GTS) delivers integrated virtual environments to test novel networking and telecommunications concepts, at scale, and across a geographically dispersed footprint.

Steve Cotter, CEO GÉANT, also welcomed the new cooperation opportunities: “The relationship between the GÉANT community and Japan is longstanding. NICT has been a major partner in the TEIN programme from its outset in 2004 and this has helped foster the good relations between us. We look forward to joining forces with NICT to continue shaping Future Internet research and are happy to be the bridge between NICT and the European NRENs and their users for better collaborations and improved research outcomes in the future.”

Co-funded by the European Commission and Europe’s National Research and Education Centers, GÉANT is Europe's leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education.