TERENA has published a study of the funding, management and operations
of research and education networks in Europe. The publication, written
by Dr. John Martin of Cardiff University and TERENA Project Development
Officer Baiba Kaskina, reports on the study that was carried out in the
spring of 2004 as a complement to the information collected in the
annual TERENA Compendium of National Research and Education Networks.
The study was funded by the European Commission through the COM-REN
project, an accompanying measure in the European Union's Fifth Framework Programme.
The objective of the focus study was to examine a selected number of
features of research networks in Europe in more depth. In particular,
the study was intended to look at the funding levels and trends in
funding, analysed across the levels of the network hierarchy.
The first part of the study gives an overview of funding, management and
operations of NRENs by network level.
The second part of the study looks at current trends, i.e., changes in
all of the funding, management and operations factors that have occurred
during the last year or are expected during the coming year.
The third part of the report is devoted to an inventory of
multiple-domain issues, such as performance bottlenecks, security
issues, and premium and end-to-end service.
Finally, two wider issues are discussed in the report. The first
concerns bottlenecks that are due to the high cost of
telecommunications. The second issue is related to bottlenecks that are
the result of a charging policy where connected institutions pay a fee
related to the bandwidth of their connection, which in some cases
results in institutions being unable, or unwilling, to fund an adequate
network for their researchers, teachers and students.
Printed copies of the report on the focus study may be obtained from the
TERENA Secretariat, as long as stocks last.
The report has also be made available from the TERENA Compendium website: