“It’s exciting to see this partnership grow and continue for a further three years. Diversity and resilience in our global network of research and education networks is vital for enabling life-changing research and education globally,” said Steve Maddocks, Director International, AARNet.
“At GÉANT we see an increase in collaborative research between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. To facilitate this, we are pleased that we are now increasing the 100G paths between Europe and Asia-Pacific from two to four through the extension of this collaborative back-up agreement,” said Erik Huizer, CEO, GÉANT.
“HARNET is pleased to join this partnership and be part of the robust and resilient network across Europe and Asia. We are sure this collaboration will further contribute to the academic and research advancement and excellence,” said Dr John Hui, Director, JUCC. “Global collaborative research is at the heart of the KAUST mission and the exponential growth in scientific data means that reliable and resilient high-capacity connectivity is a fundamental requirement for leading-edge research in today’s world. With the Arabian Peninsula being well-positioned geographically between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, we are well placed to contribute to the AER, and we are excited to be part of the global community of high performance networks enabling science and education at global scale,” Jason Roos, CIO, KAUST.
"NICT has been enhancing its high-speed network testbed for research and development on advanced information and communication technology towards the Beyond 5G era. As we expand and enrich our collaboration across ten networks in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, we look forward to conducting further collaborative experiments and research activities with the partner institutions around the world," said Dr. IBARAKI Hisashi, Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors, NICT.
“I expect that this enhanced partnership for a highly robust and resilient network ring will foster more collaboration in various research and education activities, as well as in advanced networking technologies among the regions,” said Prof. Shigeo Urushidani, Deputy Director General, NII.
“The expanded collaboration, building on the previous work of the AER Partners, is proof that collaboration in the Global R&E Network brings benefits. I welcome our new partners KAUST and HARNET to AER. This next step in AER's development will strengthen the network interconnect with the Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Peninsula from Europe, for the joint benefit of users in science, research, and higher education,” said Valter Nordh, CEO, NORDUnet.
“The continuation and expansion of the AER arrangement underscores the strong cooperation among the MOU partners in fostering cutting-edge research and education collaboration made possible with a highly resilient network coupled with cooperative network performance management, “said Lawrence Wong, President, SingAREN. "Working with institutes in the Asia-Pacific region is extremely important for SURF's members. We are excited that this group of world leading R&E network organisations is showing the power of collaboration by making another step in bringing the two continents digitally closer" said Jet de Ranitz, CEO, SURF.
“This MOU contains a lot of efforts and will of the partners. We sincerely welcome our new partners, JUCC and KAUST. I’m confident that this Asia-Pacific Ring will ensure the R&E Networks’ sustainability, and tie-up the R&E communities more closely,” said Mr. Louis Hyunho Choi, Executive officer of TEIN*CC.