In 2016, with support from GÉANT and the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN), the American University of Beirut (AUB) secured access to the global R&E network fabric by allocating 10 Mbps of its existing internet bandwidth to an ASREN link terminating in London, from where it interconnected with GÉANT.
Since then, this link has been progressively upgraded to 1.4 Gbps, driven by increasing user demand and thanks to the support of the EU-funded EUMEDCONNECT3 project which aims to connect Eastern Mediterranean countries to GÉANT.
But that is not all. The link has also accelerated AUB’s efforts to set up an NREN in Lebanon adopting the following approach: focusing on the uptake of value-added services such as eduroam and eduGAIN and securing the commitment of a critical mass of leading institutions across Lebanon.
And the approach was a winning one: on 28th May five major Lebanese universities signed the Technology Cooperation Agreement for Research and Education (TechCARE), formally establishing Lebanon’s national research and education network. TechCARE will connect educational institutions within Lebanon and from Lebanon to the world, allowing for enhanced collaboration and improved e-services for the member universities and their communities of researchers and learners.