The Central Asia Research and Education Network (CAREN) is a regional
research and education data-communications network interconnecting
research centres and educational institutions throughout Central Asia.
Operational since July 2010, CAREN currently links scientists and
students in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and
Kazakhstan with Uzbekistan also a candidate country. CAREN links over
half a million users in more than five hundred universities and research
institutes and provides access to the European and global research
communities via its interconnection to the pan-European GÉANT backbone.
CAREN builds on the achievements of the NATO-funded Silk project,
which pioneered research networking in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Originally deploying satellite technology, it more recently started
upgrading to fibre optics. Taking advantage of the developing
telecommunications market in the region, CAREN sets out to deliver
improved connectivity with more stable and higher capacity international