TEN-34Project reference: 20957
Funded under: FP4-ESPRIT 4
Trans-European network interconnect at 34-155 mbps
Total cost:EUR 24 603 213
EU contribution:EUR 10 650 258
Coordinated in:United Kingdom
Funding scheme:CSC - Cost-sharing contracts
This project is jointly financed by the joint research networking initiative of Esprit and the Telematics Applications Programme.
The aim is to deploy trans-European networking facilities which will provide complementary international capacity to allow the national research network investments to be exploited on a global basis and maintain the competitiveness of European research. The implementation will address both the requirements for greater capacity and for support of the emerging multi-media applications. Implementation will be phased, both in terms of geographic and functional roll out consisting of:
- The immediate introduction of a high speed international service based on 34 Mbps access using an ATM Virtual Path based interconnect and the existing Internet Protocol (IP), to those countries which can already exploit a service at this speed, with expansion to other countries as they become ready. The ATM based service will evolve to exploit directly the advanced features that ATM can offer.
- In view of the immaturity of ATM technology, the use of an ATM test bed is also required to validate new developments and features in advance of their introduction in pilot services. Collaboration with the JAMES project has been agreed to use their experimental ATM network for this purpose.
In order to maintain connectivity between all European research networking facilities, a continuing interconnection between the new high speednetwork and the existing network services via gateway services will be provided.
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