Trans-European Network at 155Mbps
December 1998 - October 2001
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- Providing the next generation pan-European research network in order to facilitate co-operative development activities in Europe increasingly based on the use of multi-media services.
- Offering a 'best efforts' IP service, as well as a Managed Bandwidth Service through an ATM overlay for specific groups of users and for the temporary setup of virtual paths, with guaranteed bandwidth between national research networks.
- Execution of Quantum Test Programme (QTP): experimentation and validation of new IP and ATM technology using a wide-area and international test network.
- Acquisition by DANTE of bandwidth at prices that bore some practical relationship to underlying costs, through procurement conducted at a time when liberalisation of the European telecoms market had begun to make an impact.
- Delivery of a core transmission network of 155Mbps circuits.
- Choice of ATM or SDH-over-IP access to the TEN-155 network.
- December 1997: positive evaluation by the EC of Quantum outline proposal; specification of TEN-155 service agreed; TEN-155 Consortium created.
- February 1998: 16 responses received by DANTE to Invitation to Tender issued in December 1997.
- August 1998: Unisource chosen as main supplier: supply contract for the bulk of the capacity signed.
- November 1998: working items of QTP Task Force defined.
- December 1998: TEN-155 operational.
- November 2000: TEN-155 upgraded to speeds of up to 622Mbps with completion of migration to new central ring connecting Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
- October 2001: migration from TEN-155 to GÉANT started.
- 1 December 2001: TEN-155 closed down.
||Co-funded under a joint initiative by DGXIII (Telematics for Applications and ACTS) and DGIII (Esprit) of the European Commission.
||DANTE - Coordinating Partner
CESnet (Czech Republic
NORDUnet (Nordic countries)
Telebit Communications A/S