Asia - The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN)

Asia - The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN)


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.


What is TEIN4 ?

Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN4) 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 GÉANT network, providing the Asia-Pacific countries with a gateway for global research collaboration. Operating at speeds of up to 10 Gbps it currently connects eighteen countries in the Asian and South Asia region.

TEIN4 is the fourth generation of TEIN network. The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) was launched at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) 3 Summit in Seoul in October 2000. The project began in December 2001 with the installation of a France-Korea dedicated high-capacity internet connection (TEIN1). The TEIN project has been co-funded under the EU Development Cooperation Instrument since 2004. The EU contribution has been about €21 million under TEIN2 and TEIN3.

TEIN4 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, C@ribNET the Caribbean countries, AfricaConnect is in place in Southern and Eastern Africa and a network named CAREN in Central Asia.

How is TEIN funded?

TEIN4 is supported by the EC with a contribution of €8 million covering 50% 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.

TEIN4’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. TEIN success stories are presented within the following video [TEIN 4 video] and within this case study [TEIN4 OpenFlow].

Where can I get further information?

More information can be obtained on the TEIN website.