Server Certificate Service

SCS History

TERENA published a few press releases about SCS.

Call for Proposals

To assure transparency in the procurement, in September 2005 TERENA issued a Call for Proposal and it was decided to:
  • send this Call for Proposals to all established CA providers which are currently known to TERENA;
  • publish the Call for Proposals on the TERENA website;
  • publish the Call for Proposals on the Official Journal;
  • and apply the procedure as described in the call for proposal.
TERENA emphasis that the procedure does not classify as one of the award procedures laid down in the Services Directive and that such was expressly not the intention of TERENA.

Project Important Milestones

  • 15 September 2005: deadline to request clarification on the Call for Proposal
  • 24 September 2005 : deadline to provide answers to the questions.

    A document with all the questions received and with the related answers has been compiled and it is available for public information.

  • 30 September 2005 (11:00 hrs Dutch local time): Deadline to submit the proposal
  • 19 December 2005 : Preferred Suppliers appointed
  • 9 January 2006: Signed Contract with GlobalSign
  • 10 January - 15 March 2006: Delivering Phase
  • 16 March 2006: Service Operational
  • October 2006: The national networks from Belgium (BELNET), Norway (UNINETT) and the United Kingdom (JANET UK) join the service.
  • 9 January 2007: the Agreement with GlobalSign is renewed for a 3-year period.
  • January 2007: The national networks from Italy (GARR) and Sweden (SUNET) join the service.
  • April 2007: The national network from Slovenia (ARNES) joins the service.
  • December 2007: The national network from Portugal (FCCN) joins the service.
  • February 2008: The national network from Lithuania (LITNET) joins the service.
  • June 2008: The national networks from Hungary (HUNGARNET) and Poland(PSNC) join the service.

Initial motivation

There are also some slideshows available that can give you more information about the initial motivation for SCS.