EUMEDCONNECT3 provides a high-capacity dedicated Internet for
research and education (R&E) communities across the southern and
eastern Mediterranean region. By accessing the network through their
respective national research and education networks (NRENs), that are
partners in the programme, scientists and academics are able to
collaborate among each other and engage in innovative, data-intensive
international projects. With its direct links to GÉANT, the pan-European
R&E network, EUMEDCONNECT3 provides access to over 40 million users
at over 8000 research and education establishments across Europe. Via
GÉANT’s connections to networks in other world regions, EUMEDCONNECT3 is
a gateway for Mediterranean researchers to be truly global players.
Building on the success of its predecessor network, EUMEDCONNECT3
directly connects researchers in southern and eastern Mediterranean
partner countries, initially Algeria, Egypt and Palestine. Further
countries are expected to join including those that have participated in
The success of the EUMEDCONNECT2 project led to the establishment of
ASREN, the Arab States Research and Education Network, a Consortium that
will take over network management and pro-actively pursue the extension
of the backbone to other Arab states.
The European Commission is contributing over €3m towards the costs of
EUMEDCONNECT3 from its regional European Neighbourhood and Partnership
Instrument (ENPI South) budget towards EUMEDCONNECT3, with the remaining
funds being provided by the Mediterranean partners. The project will
run until 2014.