Frequently Asked Questions
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What is PREGINET?
PREGINET stands for the Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network. It is the country’s only National Research and Education Network (NREN) that interconnects academic, research and government institutions. PREGINET has links to international Research and Education Networks (RENs) which include Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), the Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3), and the Trans-Eurasia Information Network 3 (TEIN3).
For more information, go the About Us Page.
Why was PREGINET established?
Prior to PREGINET, no identifiable contiguous and wide coverage Research and Education Network (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 (NREN) as a strategy to develop the vision of a networked Philippines, PREGINET was conceptualized.
If you want to know more about PREGINET, go the About Us Page.
Who can connect to PREGINET?
The PREGINET connection is open to government, academic and research institutions.
Who are PREGINET’s current members?
See our PREGINET Partners Page for a full list.
If we connect to PREGINET, what are the services that our institution can avail of?
Connectivity to PREGINET consists of two aspects: Commodity Internet and connectivity to international Research and Education Networks (RENs) in which PREGINET is connected to. Other value-added services that PREGINET partners are automatically entitled to are videoconferencing, video streaming, voice over IP (VoIP), web hosting and server co-location.
For more information, go to the Services Page.
What are the benefits of connecting to PREGINET?
Aside from the services mentioned above, PREGINET has distinct advantages which include reduced cost compared to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), decreased latency and high bandwidth since it is solely used by institutions that are part of the network. These advantages help PREGINET in facilitating enhanced knowledge sharing and research collaboration within the Research and Education (R&E) community worldwide.
What is allowed over the network?
Since PREGINET is an NREN, only research-related or other collaborative activities are allowed over the network. Collaborative activities may include content sharing, experimentation and test-beds and consultations over advanced networks.
What are the collaborative activities or projects that PREGINET is participating in?
PREGINET is involved in different levels of collaboration, both with local and international organizations. Its international collaborations include mirror site for Bio-mirror, S*Star, and MIT Open Course Ware. PREGINET also participates in distance lectures of the School-on-the-Internet Asia (SOI-Asia) project which is initiated by Japan’s WIDE/AI3 Projects.
Its local project collaborations include K-Agrinet with PhilRice and Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), PAGASA Interactive Climate and Weather Information (PICWIN), Philippine eLib Project which includes the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine National ENUM Trial with the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Grid Computing and eDOST.
Who manages PREGINET?
PREGINET is being managed by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), one of the Research and Development (R&D) agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
What are the cost/s of services offered by PREGINET?
For PREGINET partners, a Monthly Recurring Cost (MRC) for PREGINET connectivity will be determined upon the completion of the bidding process for the institution’s last-mile connection whereby a telecommunication provider will be determined based on the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bid (LCRB). Upon becoming a partner, you can avail PREGINET services for free or at a minimum cost. Other types of partnership not involving PREGINET connectivity but only its particular services like web hosting and server co-location are also accommodated but are subjected to the PREGINET team’s evaluation.
For more information about the cost of PREGINET’s services, please use the Contact Form.
How much would it cost to connect to PREGINET?
Connection rates vary depending on the technology used (DSL, DFR, DLL, IPVPN) and the location. For more information about the connectivity cost, you may send us an Email by using the Contact Form.
Can we still avail of PREGINET services even if our institution is not connected to it?
We extend our services to institutions that are not part of the PREGINET network but have research-related activities or collaborative component in a particular activity that they want to undertake. However, our accommodation of such request is still subjected to our team’s evaluation, based on: (1) technical feasibility of the requesting institution’s requirements; and (2) availability of technical support.
For more information about this, you may reach us through our Contact Form.
How do we join PREGINET?