Through the Emerging NREN Fellowship programme we've succeeded in attracting delegates from 10 emerging NRENs. Below you can familiarize yourself with the emerging NRENs attending NORDUnet 2016:


Launched in March 2005, under the governance of the Ministry of Education and management of the Multimedia Development Corporation the Malaysian Research & Education Network (MYREN) enables high speed dedicated connectivity to the education sector while expanding research capability in Malaysia. A community managed network through its 7 regional Points of Presence (PoPs), it has linked to over 600 thousands researchers, academics and students in Malaysia enabling closer collaboration to underpin applications, education and research activities across the country. MYREN has thus far connected all public universities, private universities, all polytechnics and college communities, a few hospitals and a few research institutes in the country. MYREN continues to attract research institutes, private universities, colleges and hospitals in Malaysia. Since 2006 MYREN is linked to other National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) via the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN4).


The Bangladesh Research and Education Network is in its initial phase. BdREN aims to connect all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across the country and to support geographically dispersed academics, scientists and researchers with reliable access to high-end computing, simulation tools and datasets. BdREN currently connects six universities and research institutions throughout Bangladesh, via a nationwide IP backbone at 45Mbps capacity. With more bandwidth intensive applications and greater user demand, it is envisaged that BdREN will evolve from the current 45Mbps backbone to a larger scale network in the following phase.  BdREN is connected to several international research communities in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, via the Trans-Eurasia Information Network 3 (TEIN3) and Internet2.


Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas. The advantages of video conferencing are obvious in a country with a population of about 700.000 stretched out over 38.394 sq km of mountainous country. So, video conferencing will be one of the key services offered by new Bhutan research and education network DrukREN, when fully operational in September 2016. DrukREN will be connecting hospitals, colleges, and the country´s two universities, the Royal University and the University of Medical Sciences. Next in line to get high-grade connectivity are a number of research institutes, museums and schools. Along with video conferencing and e-learning, DrukREN management is also looking into making eduroam, the secure roaming access developed for the international research and education community, available across the DrukREN infrastructure. DrukREN is connected to the international research and education community through the Trans-Eurasia Information Network TEIN.







Launched in January 2009, the Central Asian Research and Education Network CAREN has replaced an originally satellite-based connectivity with terrestrial fibre. CAREN allows researchers, educators and students in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan  to collaborate among each other and to engage in joint projects with their peers in Europe and in other parts of the world. Among other things, CAREN has been vital in monitoring the effects of climate change in the region. Various monitoring initiatives involve glaciologists and geohazard experts across Central Asia and Europe. This international collaborative research generates large amounts of data that needs to be shared, often in short timescales from remote locations via high-speed research networks. Also, the region’s vulnerability to earthquakes is a constant threat, and international scientific research can help reduce their impact. For example, monitoring gives seismologists and civil authorities a clearer understanding of the specific vulnerabilities in an area, allowing them to devise effective risk management strategies. Fundamental to the success of this effort is the use of the CAREN and other networks to transmit large volumes of data speedily and accurately across national boundaries.

The American University of Beirut, Lebanon

In the spring of 2016, the American University of Beirut (AUB) signed a cooperation to link its ICT infrastructure to the Europen GEANT, the US Internet2, and other world advanced research and education networks. With support from GÉANT and ASREN, AUB has allocated 10 Mbps of its existing Internet bandwidth to a dedicated link to interconnect with GÉANT via ASREN PoP in London. The link allows AUB to integrate seamlessly with advanced computing facilities, resources, and repositories available in many advanced research institutions across the globe.

The AUB linkage has accelerated efforts to set up a Lebanese National Research and Education Network connecting all Lebanese universities through a dedicated network. Discussions are underway between AUB and 10 universities and research centers across Lebanon to formally establish LERN (Lebanese Education and Research Network). Value-added services like eduroam, the secure, worldwide roaming access service, have been a key in the benefit debate about LERN. To accelerate the process of formalizing LERN, AUB intends to open the current connection to other Lebanese institutions and to jointly take up additional services such as eduGAIN (interfederation). The current link capacity is therefore expected to be increased in the near future.

The Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) is a non-profit organization registered under the Nepalese Government and affiliated with its Social Welfare Council. NREN has built network infrastructure among research and education organizations and distributes its 45 Mbps TEIN3 (Trans-Eurasia Information Network) links for the research and education communities of Nepal. In this first phase of the Nepal NREN development, twelve research and education institutions including colleges and research institutions affiliated with Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University and Purbanchal University are connected to this high speed network.


Preginet, the Philippine Research Education and Government Information Network is managed by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) at the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  DOST-ASTI also manages the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PhOpenIx) as the only neutral IX in the country. Established in 2005, Preginet offers direct connectivity to international RENs enhanced communication through services like videoconferencing, video streaming, and Voice over IP, and access to local and foreign content and applications for Research and Development (R&D). Preginet also facilitates formation of user-communities in areas of agriculture, bioinformatics, disaster mitigation, distance education, network technologies, telemedicine, among others.

WACREN is the West and Central African research and education network, consisting of eight member states: Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroun, Mali and Chad. Founded in 2009, the WACREN organisation is working towards establishing infrastructure and services for research and education across the region, and connectivity out of the region. In addition to the eight member states the countries of Senegal, Gabon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Guinea are contributing to the project. Among recent WACREN initiatives is the effort to provide high-capacity connectivity is to establish a regional research and education network within West and Central Africa with onward connectivity to the GEANT network in Europe.

Zamren is the Zambia research and education network, dedicated to supporting the needs of the country’s research and education communities. Founded in 2007, Zamren is working to secure cost effective broadband connectivity to its member institutions and to connect them to the regional Southern, Western and Central African networks and to the rest of the world.  Among the services provided by Zamren is the secure, worldwide roaming access service eduroam. Also, Zamren offers High Performance Computing Resources to its member institutions.

The Ethiopian research and education network Ethernet was initiated in 2001 to build and deliver highly interconnected and high performance networks for Universities and other educational and research institutions in Ethiopia. Ethernet offers datacentre resources, video conferencing, e-library systems and technical support for the network’s member universities.  Ethernet is owned by the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and is located in Addis Ababa.