European Commission funds GEANT 2.5 Gbit/s network with 80 million euro

Brussels 04 August 2000The European Commission has decided to fund the GEANT network, the TEN-155 successor, proposed by DANTE and the 25 national and regional European research and education networks (NRENs). The GEANT proposal is now in the final stages of contract negotiation with the European Commission, which should lead to a financial contribution to the project of 80 million euro over four years by the EC.

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Over ninety organisations responded to a Call for Expressions of Interest, the first stage in the tendering process for the supply of service components which will be integrated to form the GEANT service. An Invitation to Tender (ITT) was issued on July 7, 2000 to 86 potential suppliers with a deadline for responses of September 29, 2000.

The principal requirement in the ITT is for data transmission capacity at 2.5 Gbit/s between a number of European countries, the initial target being 8, with the possibility of increasing the number of countries connected at this speed and of upgrading circuits to 10 Gbit/s and then several tens of Gbit/s over a four year period.

Other sections of the ITT deal with lower speed circuits include those required to connect six countries which have no connection to TEN-155, with housing of GEANT Points of Presence and with network management services. You can check in at the Dante Web site for more information. Please, also read the VMW July 2000 article GEANT to supersede TEN-155 research network.


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