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National Research and Education Network

A National Research and Education Network (NREN) is a specialised internet service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within a country.

It is usually distinguished by support for a high-speed backbone network, often offering dedicated channels for individual research projects.

NRENs are usually the places where new Internet protocols and architectures are introduced before deployment within the Public Internet. Two examples of these protocols are IPv6 and IP multicast. Two examples of architecture are client/server and Cloud computing.

List of NRENs by geographic area

East and Southern Africa

North Africa

West and Central Africa

  • WACREN - West and Central African Research and Education Network
  • GARNET - Ghanaian NREN
  • MaliREN - Mali NREN
  • NigerREN - Nigerien NREN
  • RITER - Côte d'Ivoire NREN
  • SenRER - Senegalese NREN
  • NgREN - Nigerian NREN

Asia Pacific

North America

Latin America


  • C@ribNET - Caribbean NREN
  • TTRENT - Trinidad and Tobago NREN
  • JREN - Jamaica NREN
  • RADEI - NREN of the Dominican Republic



Middle East



External links

  • Overview of Uzbekistan NREN (UZSCINet) in CEENGINE newsletter [2]
  • Overview of Ukrainian NRENs (URAN & UARNET) in CEENGINE newsletter [3]
  • Overview of Albanian NREN (ANA-AL) in CEENGINE newsletter [4]
  • Overview of Bulgarian NREN (BREN) in CEENGINE newsletter [5]
  • Signing of Trinidad and Tobago NREN (TTRENT) in Trinidad Guardian newspaper
  • [6]

Annual Compendiums

  • Terena Compendium

Further reading and case studies

  • Research and Education Networking FAQ
  • India - High Performance Computing Networks & NRENS.pdf
  • Digital Divide & REN, Case of Bangladesh
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