The Internet was started as a research networking tool to assist researchers and educators to get access to current data and collaborate on programs to collect data from disparate locations and still have the ability to share the information in near real-time.  As such, the Internet continues to be a highly valuable tool for a wide-variety of research firms and educational instituations.   One of today’s greatest examples of how research networks use the Internet is through the Internet2 initiative.  Internet2 is a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium comprising more than 200 U.S. universities in cooperation with 70 leading corporations, 45 government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning as well as over 50 international partner organizations. Our organization is governed by an executive Board of Trustees and strategic councils consisting of leaders who represent our broad membership.

With Tinet’s announcement that it has been selected by NORDUnet, a joint collaboration by the five Nordic National Research and Educational Networks, the significance of this announcement is put into perspective.  Tinet’s network will be used to interconnect Nordic and Global Research and Educational Networks – providing an important link for research and education within the Nordic region.  

What makes Tinet an idea partner for Nordic is their ability to deliver both IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity.  Tinet is one of the leading global IPv6 backbone providers, consistently ranked among the top 10 most well-connected global carriers by third party research institutions such as Fixed Orbit and Renesys. 

The announcement, in its entirety is below for further review.  It provides more detail on the Nordic research and education groups that rely on this new connection:

NORDUNET SELECTS TINET’S ROBUST IPV6 IP TRANSIT SERVICES

TO FURTHER INTERCONNECT NORDIC AND GLOBAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL NETWORKS

MILAN, ITALY – May 24, 2010Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group, the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, and NORDUnet, a joint collaboration by the five Nordic National Research and Education Networks, announce today, NORDUnet’s selection of Tinet’s IP-Flow IP Transit service in Copenhagen, Denmark for high speed IP Transit service. 

The multi year deal provides NORDUnet additional capacity for its Nordic research and educational networks interconnecting the regional and global networks. The service delivers both IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity to NORDUnet, continuing Tinet’s strong presence in the Research and Education vertical as well as in the Nordic Region.

NORDUnet is the Nordic infrastructure for research and education and includes the Forskningsnettet network in Denmark, the Funet network in Finland, the RHnet network in Iceland, the Uninett network in Norway and the SUNET network in Sweden.  NORDUnet offers world-class, high- speed Internet access and high bandwidth connectivity throughout this region. Its IPv4 and Ipv6 production networks interconnect the Nordic research community to the rest of the world.

“Maintaining an innovative role in global communications is important to NORDUnet as we strive to collaborate with the world’s research and economic communities,” states Jørgen Qvist, Chief Network Operating Officer of NORDUnet.  “We chose to deploy Tinet’s IP Transit service to help us further deliver highly available network services, supporting our global efforts.”  NORDUnet requires secure and robust network connections to peer effectively with all regions of the globe.

“Tinet has been rated the top IPv6 network globally by an independent analyst firm,” continues Paolo Gambini, Chief Marketing Officer of Tinet. “We see the ability to serve the NORDUnet research network as another testament of our strategy of exclusively delivering high capacity IP and Ethernet services over an ever expanding geographic reach that reflects the fast changing Internet footprint. We look forward to further enhancing NORDUnet’s robust connectivity with Tinet’s highly available and scalable IP services.”

For more information about Tinet, please visit www.tinet.net.