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31 August 2006
eduroam® Gains Ground in Asia

Operators of the eduroam server of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in SiChuan, ChengDu, China have announced that they now have one eduroam site connected and more are on the way. This follows news earlier this month that Hong Kong has set up an eduroam top-level server.

Current connections to eduroam in the Asia-Pacific realm are Australia, UESTC (China), Hong Kong and Taiwan. Other countries that have expressed interest in eduroam include Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan where a test site has just now been brought online.

TERENA Task-Force Mobility leader, Klaas Wierenga of SURFnet (Netherlands), expressed his excitement that eduroam is now rapidly gaining ground in Asia: "We owe a lot to Chris Myers of GrangeNet in Australia who, together with the people from AARNet, has done a great job in promoting eduroam through the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network organisation (APAN). The fact that PolyU in Hong Kong has set-up an eduroam top-level server (in addition to the existing ones in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia) goes to show that eduroam is becoming truly global." Chris Myers commented that the number of potential users in China alone will be greater than the entire population of the United States

eduroam (education roaming) was originally started by the TERENA Task Force TF-Mobility as a 'proof-of-concept' test of an inter-NREN roaming architecture. As early as 2002, Klaas Wierenga submitted a proposal for a roaming infrastructure based on RADIUS and 802.1X to the task-force discussion list - before the end of 2003 the pilot service was a reality. Being part of eduroam allows users visiting another institution that is connected to eduroam to log on to the wireless network of that institution using the same credentials (username and password) that they would use if they were at their home institution.

Meanwhile in Europe, within the GN2 (GÉANT2) project the Joint Research Activity on Roaming and Authorisation is working to develop a new-generation roaming infrastructure, taking the eduroam technology as a starting point, which will result in a full service with enhanced security and an agreed policy.

The URL of the UESTC eduroam website, which is now under construction, will be: http://eduroam.uestc.edu.cn

More information about APAN-eduroam can be found at: http://www.eduroam.edu.au/APAN-eduroam/news/index.html

The Web pages of the TERENA Task Force TF-Mobility are at: http://www.terena.nl/activities/tf-mobility/ with further links to eduroam: http://www.eduroam.org/

For more information please contact TERENA Secretariat: pr@terena.nl

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