NORDUnet is the consulting partner of BdREN.
NORDUnet is a collaboration between the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) of the five Nordic countries; Denmark (DeIC), Iceland (RHnet), Norway (UNINETT), Sweden (SUNET), and Finland (Funet). The Nordic region (five countries and three autonomous areas) has a population of 25 million, 9 official languages, and a strong tradition of collaboration. Together, the countries form the world’s 7th largest economy.
NORDUnet was founded in 1985 as a result of the NORDUNET programme and is jointly owned by the five Nordic countries. Each of the Nordic NRENs has a seat on the board and share the base costs according to the country GDP.
It is the Vision of NORDUnet to be the NORDIC Infrastructure for Research and Education,by providing a common world-class network infrastructure, services, support and collaboration platform for the Nordic NRENs and research and education communities and by facilitating other common e-Infrastructures as requested by the Nordic national e-Infrastructure stakeholders.
Bangladesh NREN visits NORDUnet
In continuation of the emerging NREN programme NORDUnet has hosted a visit from the management of the Bangladesh NREN together with members of the Bangladesh University Grant Committee, the Ministry of Education, and the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). The agenda covered all high-level aspects of establishing and running an NREN, including financing, staffing, and customer relations combined with technically oriented challenges.
Part of the programme offered a site visit to DeiC and DTU which provided the Bangladesh visitors with ample opportunity to discuss actual NREN/customer challenges with in particular DeiC CEO Steen Pedersen and CTO Martin Bech. Additional to the lively discussions about services, finance models, equipment, fiber connections, and network, the visit took the guests of a tour round campus and the data centers.
The official visit concluded by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NORDUnet and BdREN to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing. Member of the Bangladesh University Grant Committee Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain and CEO René Buch penned the agreement on behalf of BdREN and NORDUnet, respectively.
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