The 2021 GÉANT Compendium of National Research and Education Networks in Europe Report has been published on Monday 13 June and the digital version released on the GÉANT website.
The annually published Compendium Report brings together and contextualises data collected from Europe’s NRENs each year about their network, equipment, and users. 40 NRENs generously gave their time to respond to the Compendium Survey, which forms the basis of the Report, with extra information included from the results of surveys and studies carried out by different teams within GÉANT and the NREN community.
Because the 2021 GÉANT Compendium Report is based on data collected in the Autumn/Winter of 2021, it quantifies some of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work of NRENs. The Report will show that the volume of external traffic dropped, which traffic within NREN networks was stable, or even increasing, and which reflects the reduced presence of students and researchers on site.
Unsurprisingly, there has also been an increase in the services NRENs provide their users to support remote teaching, including, but not limited to, video-conferencing services.
Long term trends continued, despite the pandemic, with budgets and staff numbers on the whole increasing. Very positively, the involvement of NRENs in European Commission projects continues to increase, as does the capacity of the NREN networks.
The Compendium Report is a great example of the GÉANT Community working together, with a team of 19 people from the GÉANT Association and eight different NRENs coming together to write and compile the Report. To ensure that the Compendium stays relevant and useful to NRENs, it is steered and supported by the work of the Compendium Advisory Board, with important contributions from János Mohácsi (KIFÜ), Hank Nussbacher (IUCC), and Nataša Glavor (CARNET) gratefully received throughout the year.