The GÉANT network is a pan-European communications infrastructure that provides advanced services to Europe’s national research and education networks (NRENs).
Its two other main goals are:
• to be a platform for development and testing of new advanced services
• to connect with similar networks in other parts of the world.
The GÉANT network began its 3rd generation (GÉANT3) on April 1st 2009, co-founded by the European Commission’s Seventh Research and Development Framework Programme (FP7).
Being part of the GÉANT network is a key element of integration for the Portuguese research community with its worldwide counterparts, through services that meet the highest demands. Without GÉANT, the digital gap would be damaging to the main Portuguese innovators.
The GÉANT network is an extension of the research and education networks that are linked to it. As such, it is one of the leading destinations of communications made via the RCTS.