Affiliations & Representation
DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education. It is owned by European NRENs (national research and education networks), and works in partnership with them and in cooperation with the European Commission. DANTE provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the development of the global research community.
GÉANT is the pan-European data network dedicated to the research and education community. Together with Europe's national research networks, GÉANT connects 40 million users in over 8,000 institutions across 40 countries.
The IBEC Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF) is the representative body for leading industry and associated interest groups in the field of electronica communications. TIF represents companies involved in fixed, mobile, wireless, fixed wireless, satellite and cable based service provisions, outsourcing and internet service provision.
INEX, The Internet Neutral Exchange is a neutral, industry-owned Association, founded in 1996, that provides IP peering facilities for its members. INEX membership is open to all organisations that can benefit from peering their IP traffic. There are currently 64 members. INEX provide high-speed, reliable and resilient IP traffic exchange facilities for Irish and International organisations, allowing them to route IP traffic efficiently thereby providing faster, more reliable and lower-latency internet access for their customers.
HEAnet is a founder member of INEX and has been connected to the neutral exchange point in Dublin since it began operating in 1997.
Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government, the Internet2 community is developing breakthrough technologies that support the most exacting applications of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow.
The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland was formed in January 1998 by the leading Irish Internet Service Providers operating at that time. It has since been supported by both indigenous and multinational ISPs entering the Irish market. Today there are 22 members comprising of Internet access and hosting providers.
JANET is the network dedicated to the needs of education and research in the UK. It connects the UK’s education and research organisations to each other, as well as to the rest of the world through links to the global Internet. In addition, JANET includes a separate network that is available to the community for experimental activities in network development. JANET UK manages the operation and development of JANET on behalf of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee for the UK Further and Higher Education Funding Councils. JISC manages research and innovation programmes in the use of ICT in teaching, learning and research to build knowledge; develop services, infrastructure or applications; and provide guidance and leadership.
The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. RIPE NCC performs activities primarily for the benefit of the membership in Europe and the surrounding areas; mainly activities that its members need to organise as a group, even though they may compete in other areas.
The Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association offers a forum to collaborate, innovate and share knowledge in order to foster the development of Internet technology, infrastructure and services to be used by the research and education community.