Network Projects

GÉANT manages research and education networking projects in partnership with the European Commission (EC), our European NREN members, global NRENs and other partners.

At the core of these projects is to interconnect national research and education networking (NREN) organisations in different regions, through the procurement, building and operation of large-scale, advanced international high-speed networks. Some of the projects also include development and delivery of services above the network, and research into networking technologies.


GN5-1 and its sister project GN5-IC1 are the first two projects under GN5-FPA, the 7-year strategic framework under Horizon Europe – the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. The 24-month GN5-1 project is the latest phase of the long-running and highly successful GÉANT Project that, in close collaboration with the European Commission, has supported Europe’s research and education communities for over 20 years. The project’s mission is to provide scientists, researchers, and students secure access to the world’s most advanced connectivity and...

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AfricaConnect3 supports the development of high-capacity internet networks for research and education across Africa. It builds on existing networks in Eastern and Southern Africa and North Africa and will extend connectivity into West and Central Africa. With links to the GÉANT network AfricaConnect3 will provide an African gateway for global collaborations.

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EUMEDCONNECT3 sets out to create a high-capacity dedicated internet network for the research and education communities across the eastern Mediterranean region, enabling scientists and academics to collaborate and engage in innovative, data-intensive international projects.
With direct links to the pan-European GÉANT network, EUMEDCONNECT3 provides access to over 50 million users at over 10,000 research and education establishments across Europe.

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In response to the H2020 call H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 Topic [b], GÉANT is undertaking the most significant refresh of the GÉANT network in a decade, with a major project designed to support the needs of Europe’s research and education community for the next 15 years. The GN4-3N project will involve restructuring the GÉANT backbone network through exploration and procurement of long-term Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRUs), leased lines and associated equipment, serving the GÉANT partner NRENs and providing interconnectivity to the global research and...

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The EU-funded ‘EU4Digital: Connecting Research and Education Communities (EaPConnect)’ project is creating a regional high-speed Internet network dedicated to research and education across Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The network integrates the NRENs in these six countries with the pan-European GÉANT network.

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