OTEGlobe is appointed to undertake a major project, coordinated by ΕΔΕΤ – GRNET and funded by the Information Society Technologies (IST) European Union Fund to interconnect all National Research & Educational Network (NREN) - participants of the SEEREN Program
The project with a value of 1 million euros and a one-year duration has been assigned to OTEGlobe, since the company is in the unique position to be able to deliver a complete, integrated and state-of-the art solution for the project implementation.
SEEREN aims to interconnect all National Research and Educational Networks (NRENs) of the Southeastern European countries with GEANT, the Pan European high speed research network. The participating countries are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, F.Y.R.O.M., Greece, Romania and Serbia & Montenegro. The interconnection will be based on GEANT’s node in Athens, while OTEGlobe’s international node in Bucharest will serve as back up.
The network solution offered by OTEGlobe will be implemented over OTE’s international data network, called MSP (Multi-Service Platform). OTEGlobe has full responsibility for the design, implementation and management of the platform, which is the first network with an extensive coverage in the Balkan region. Based on advanced technologies such as MPLS and ATM the MSP ensures a common platform for the delivery of end-to-end, fully managed, guaranteed and high quality telecommunication services (Data, Voice & Video).
The interconnection of all Research & Educational Networks participated at the program will be implemented through the MPLS Service, which not only provides data transport reliability but also the most advanced solution for enabling a direct communication of the NRENs, without the need of implementing additional circuits. It is important to mention that OTEGlobe is a pioneer in this task, as it is for the first time that the MPLS technology will be utilized for the connection to the Pan European Network GEANT.
SEEREN aims to bridge the digital gab and to integrate the Academic and Research Communities of the Southeastern European countries into the European reality of the new Internet generation. This project will also enforce the co-operation between the Scientific-Academic Communities of the EU Member States with their counterparts in the Southeastern European Non-Member States and will be used as the main platform for promoting and expanding new Internet generation technologies within the potential EU candidate countries.