PREGINET is the only REN in the Philippines, which interconnects and catalyzes research among academic, government, and research institutions. PREGINET has links to several overseas RENs including the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3), and Trans-Eurasia Information Network 3 (TEIN3).
Prior to PREGINET, no identifiable contiguous and wide coverage REN exists in the Philippines. The academic, government, and research institutions are connected through commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for the access of online information and references for their research and education activities. With this set-up, links to the Internet became congested and networks became vulnerable to line outages. To address some of the shortcomings of the situation and at the same time, focus on the requirements for a national research and education network as a strategy to develop the vision of a networked Philippines, PREGINET was conceptualized.
Compared with commercial ISPs, PREGINET provides value to academic, government, and research institutions in four (4) primary areas:
- direct connectivity to international RENs;
- enhanced communication through its value-added services which include videoconferencing, video streaming, and Voice over IP (VoIP);
- access to local and foreign content and applications via conduct of Research and Development (R&D); and
- facilitating formation of user-communities in areas of agriculture, bioinformatics, disaster mitigation, distance education, network technologies, telemedicine, among others.
Upon joining PREGINET, partners are provided the platform to pursue collaborative research and initiatives with leading universities and research institutions abroad.