Asi@Connect to help bridge the digital divide across the Asia-Pacific region

In order to raise awareness and encourage participation by researchers, scholars and students in the research and education (R&E) networking - Asi@Connect, co-funded by the EU with up to EUR 20 million, a national launching ceremony was held on Aug 15 in Hanoi.

Asi@Connect supports capacity building and network-enabled applications with high societal impact, particularly in the least developed countries in the region.

Asi@Connect to help bridge the digital divide across the Asia-Pacific region

Speaking at the event, Deputy Head of Mission of the EU Delegation in Vietnam, Axelle Nicaise said "The EU has long recognized the potential of promoting people-to-people connectivity. Asi@Connect is an excellent example of regional integration, with the R&E communities of 23 Asia-Pacific countries inter-connected by powerful high-capacity, high quality Internet links. Asi@Connect is a vehicle for promoting a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative ICT environment between Asia and Europe, and benefit society as a whole".

Asi@Connect is the successor project to TEIN4, the most recent phase of the TEIN initiative. It currently supports 24 countries/economies by providing a regional high-capacity internet backbone for R&E collaboration within the Asia-Pacific region and, its interconnection with the pan-European GÉANT network, and with other parts of the world.

Asi@Connect is the continuation of a strong partnership between the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development and the Korea-based regional networking organisation TEIN*CC./.

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