Server Certificate Service (SCS)

This activity finished on Jan 7, 2010.
As a consequence, these pages are no longer actively maintained.

The Server Certificate Service (SCS) provides low-cost ‘pop-up free’ server certificates for the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and their constituencies.

The ‘pop-up’ problem (which results in a message saying “the issuer of this certificate is not trusted”) occurs when the server certificates are issued by a CA whose root is not listed among those recognised as a trusted one by popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

On January 2006, TERENA on behalf of the NRENs involved in the project and after a tender process contracted GlobalSign as CA provider to issue server certificates.

This service will continue alongside the new TERENA Certificate Services until summer 2010.

Running period: January 2006 - January 2010

News & Features

On 23 September 2008, TERENA published a new Call for Proposals for the Server Certificate Service. After careful analysis of the proposals received, TERENA announced on 23 March 2009 that it had selected COMODO CA Limited of Manchester, England as the preferred supplier of this service. The proposal received from this company meets all mandatory requirements specified in the Call for Proposals, fulfils the optional requirements to the largest extent, and is the most economically advantageous proposal received: the cost of the proposed service is lower than in the other proposals, the contractual terms are very favourable and the quality of the proposed service is excellent. Other bidders that have objections to the decision to reject their proposal should submit their objections to TERENA in writing and commence interlocutory proceedings by submitting a writ of summons, all this before 8 April 2009.