Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/asia : Eu-Asia Research Network Attracts New Members

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/asia : Eu-Asia Research Network Attracts New Members

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Thanks to the high speed Trans-Eurasia Information Network, TEIN2, citizens across Asia and Europe are now benefiting from possibilities for closer research collaboration. TEIN2 was formally launched on 9 September prior to the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Helsinki. The first large-scale research and education network for the Asia-Pacific region, it links ten countries and more than 30 million users, enabling them to work together on vital research, including disaster warning systems and telemedicine. The network has attracted potential new members across Asia, including Brunei, Hong Kong, Laos and Cambodia. The European Commission has funded the development of TEIN2 to the tune of 10 million (see Europolitics 3144).

In a press conference on 9 September in Helsinki, Dai Davies, General Manager of DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe), as well as operator and coordinator of TEIN2, explained that one benefit of the network will be to ensure that all children have an equal access to world class healthcare. He welcomed the success of the initiative and pointed to the fact that other countries are showing an interest in joining as "a concrete sign of success". According to Davies, the main problem with cooperation in Asia lies in the different levels of telecommunications on the continent. The solution to this is to import a European cooperative model to Asia, which combines EU Funding and DANTE know-how, "so as to create a pan-Asian network".

TEIN2 is also being heralded as a success by the Commission, with Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, referring to it as "a global network of the best minds", while Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner considers it "a real demonstration of the power of collaboration in action". …

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