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16 January 2012
2011 TERENA Compendium of NRENs is available now
The 2011 TERENA Compendium is now available in print or downloadable format.

The eleventh annual TERENA Compendium of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Europe has been released. The 2011 edition assembles data from more than 50 organisations, mostly from Europe, but also from other regions. The online version of the Compendium provides basic information about the organisation, staffing, finances, user base, capacity, services and developments of these organisations. The printed publication, in addition, analyses trends over time.

The 2011 edition, the third to be published as part of the GN3 (GÉANT) project, has been enhanced with input from activity leaders working in that project. New for this year is that, in most cases, all GÉANT partner NRENs are grouped together.

New and advanced services

Because many NRENs have excellent technical expertise and maintain close contacts with their user community, they have been able to develop high-end services that are currently not available, or not affordably available, from commercial Internet service providers. Almost all GÉANT partner NRENs currently provide an Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI) or are planning to do so and, as a result, it is possible to offer a platform of bundled services for collaborative groups of users: nine GÉANT partner NRENs currently offer this and eight more are planning to introduce this.

New technologies and increased traffic

The continuing developments in services and technologies are closely related and interdependent. Many NRENs have made substantial progress towards deploying hybrid IP-optical networks and offering the associated end-to-end services. An example of this is that twenty of the GÉANT partner NRENs currently offer dedicated wavelengths (lambdas) to their customers.

Economic and organisational challenges

NRENs now support more users, a greater usage volume and a wider range of services than ever before. All this has been achieved even though, over the past five years, overall budgets have remained virtually unchanged. Staff levels have increased slightly as a result of the introduction of a new generation of networked services.

Further information

The TERENA Compendium provides an authoritative reference source for anyone with an interest in the development of research and education networking. Production of the TERENA Compendium of National Research and Education Networks in Europe is overseen by an international review panel and TERENA staff and is financially supported by the European Union through the GN3 (GÉANT) project.

To read up on the all of the findings and new statistics and developments in the 2011 Compendium, you can download a .pdf version (http://www.terena.org/publications), or access the full details of all NREN survey responses via TERENA’s Compendium webpage (http://www.terena.org/activities/compendium/).

Printed copies of the Compendium will be sent to participating organisations, TERENA members and policy makers. Additional copies are €25, excluding postage and can be ordered from the TERENA Secretariat.