Major boost for EU-Algerian science collaborations through first AfricaConnect2 connection
International connectivity available to Algeria’s scientists, academics and students has recently been upgraded from 622Mbps to 2.5Gbps by networking organisation GÉANT and its regional partner ASREN (Arab States Research and Education Network). The fourfold capacity increase is an early result of AfricaConnect2, the EU-funded pan-African connectivity project which supports the establishment of research and education (R&E) internet networks across Africa.
“Algeria has been connected continuously to Europe since 2004 - the longest of any partner country in the regional networking projects GÉANT manages”, commented Steve Cotter, CEO GÉANT. “The capacity boost clearly reflects the long-term commitment to facilitating collaborations between Algeria and the global R&E community.”
CERIST (Research Centre on Scientific and Technical Information), the organisation that manages Algeria’s national R&E network, ARN, has been at the forefront of meeting the networking needs of its growing user base since its inception in 1994.