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Belnet

Belnet, which has been operational since 1993, grew through our department’s wish to play a part in developing the knowledge and information society in Belgium.

Belnet is the Belgian National Research and Education Network (NREN) providing high-bandwidth connectivity and associated services to meet the specific needs of higher education, research and administrations in Belgium. The Belnet network has a direct link to research networks worldwide, including Internet 2 (United States) and GÉANT (Europe).

Belnet has more than 200 connected organizations representing  around 800,000 end users including university and non-university educational institutions, research centres, hospitals, scientific and cultural institutes and government services.

Thanks to the development of Belnet (one of the top 5 European networks) we can embark on the challenges set by Federal Science Policy in the areas of communication and information technology. With Belnet’s coming of age as a network it is possible to organise video conferences, as well as digitalise the collections of our FSI and distance learning institutions, observe the universe, carry out weather simulations and forecasts, and study the effects of nuclear accidents.

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