DOST-ASTI launches high-capacity, Pan-Asian TEIN4 research network
By: Katherine Babaran, June 21, 2013

Director Denis F. Villorente of DOST-ASTI and Pres. TaeHee

Director Denis F. Villorente of DOST-ASTI and          President TaeHee of TEIN*CC

The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an attached research and development agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the Trans-Eurasia Information Network 4 (TEIN4) on 14 June 2013 at the National Computer Center.

The Philippines, via the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) managed by the DOST-ASTI, has a 155Mbps direct connectivity to TEIN4, enabling closer collaboration among academicians and researchers around the world.

TEIN4 and its benefits

The Filipino educationalists and researchers, together with researchers and citizens across Asia-Pacific, benefit from the TEIN4, a high-capacity research and education data-communications network.

This four (4)-year, 16M-euro investment of the European Union and the Asian project partners can support critical collaborations between research centers, educators and students across the region and the globe in fields of high societal benefit, such as telemedicine, e-Learning, disaster management and mitigation, and crop research. Network capacity is also provided by some project partners, making this the largest international research network in Asia.

TEIN4 in a nutshell

Following a highly successful tender process, TEIN4 entered the service in September 2012. It replaced the successful 3rd phase of TEIN network [TEIN3], with over 50 million users in 4,500 research and education institutions connected already, across the region, via direct links to the high-speed pan-European GÉANT network. In TEIN4, 19 partners — Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam — are participating in various fields of academia and researches. Studies are underway to extend Asian network coverage including Mongolia and Myanmar.

TEIN4 is an Asia-Europe Meeting’s initiative and builds on the achievements of its predecessor networks. The network aims to be the fastest, highest capacity and most extensive Asian research and education network. Its 16M-euro funding is provided by the European Union, continuing its support to the TEIN project, and by contributions from Asian partners. The TEIN project is co-ordinated by the TEIN*Cooperation Center (TEIN*CC), a non-profit organization, registered in Republic of Korea. A key aim of TEIN is to help create a long-term, sustainable future for regional research networking in the region.

“The launch of the 4th phase of TEIN program opened the new stage of co-prosperity of Asia and Europe. For the last decade, TEIN has extended with more participating countries and has become the leading R&E network in Asia and Europe. Through the TEIN network, researchers and educators in this region are connected with each other by the physical network link and social networking. Because of these, it has enabled TEIN users with expanded opportunities and experiences to share now and the future. The new network, the 4th phase of TEIN, will also provide much faster speed and stable connections via PREGINET to the TEIN user in the Philippines for research and collaborative work within the TEIN communities.” – Mr. Taehee Lee, President of TEIN*CC