The pan-European research network TEN-155 expanded into a new geographic dimension when the first production traffic flowed between Israel and TEN-155 on May 21st 1999. The Israel Internet-2 network, which is an extension of the IUCC, the national university network of Israel, will mainly serve Research and Development projects. MACHBA/IUCC is the first Southern Mediterranean university network to join the 22 European national university networks connected to TEN-155.
Israel is connected to TEN-155 via a 34 Mbps link, provided by the Israeli carrier Golden Lines, to TEN-155 in London. This connection is the direct result of the Q-MED project, which is a complementary initiative to Quantum. The principle objective consists in connecting the Research and Development communities of Israel and Cyprus to TEN-155. In addition to a basic IP service, researchers in Israel and Europe will be able to benefit from guaranteed Quality of Service using a combination of IP and ATM technology.
There will be a close cooperation with Quantum with regard to the trials of protocols for real time multi-media services, as well as the Quality of Service management inherent in the ATM technology. The results will be utilized in order to develop real time multi-media services for the network. The Q-MED Consortium consists of the national university networks of Israel (MACHBA/ IUCC), Italy (INFN/GARR), Greece (GR-NET), and the University of Cyprus (CYNET) with Dante as the co-ordinating partner. The Q-MED Project is co-funded under the well-known Telematics Applications Programme from the European Commission.
The Inter University Computation Center (IUCC) constitutes a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Israeli government agencies to co-ordinate and enhance the Israeli Internet-2 network. As of 1998, IUCC is servicing eight universities and twenty academic colleges, which comprise about 100.000 students and 20.000 faculty members. In turn, Dante organizes advanced data networking services for the European research community. Please, find more details on the Q-MED project at the Web site of Dante.