Bhutan will be connected to the global research and education network community through Asi@Connect project, which was launched on August 20.
The launch highlighted DrukREN connectivity to Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) initiative (TEIN) and Global R&E Network.
Druk Research and Education Network (DrukREN) is a national research and education network. It facilitates the participation of researchers in projects such as radio astronomy, telemedicine, and crop research both within and outside Bhutan.
It is expected to support cost-effective and time-efficient e-learning initiatives, making education more flexible and accessible.
Minister of Information and Communications Karma Donnen Wangdi said that such a platform would make education more flexible and accessible. He said, with the support from Asi@Connect, DrukREN would support countries to develop and deploy new network services, facilitate human capacity building, knowledge exchange and improve public internet access in the least developed countries.
The high-speed (10 Gigabit per second) fiber optics backbone network began operating last year. Initially, DrukREN started as a national project in 2014. It interconnects 25 research and education institutes in the country.
DrukREN has 11 points-of-presence (PoP), which are in Thimphu, Paro, Gedu, Phuentsholing, Wangdue Phodrang, Gelephu, Trongsa, Bumthang, Pemagatshel, Mongar and Kanglung.
During the launch, specialist from Kyushu University Hospital in Japan demonstrated live streaming of Endoscopy with Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC).
DITT plans to expand DrukREN to cover all 20 dzongkhags and connect more than 160 research and large educational institutes including hospitals and schools in the 12th FYP under Digital Drukyul Flagship Project.
A technical workshop on network management and application was also conducted. It concluded yesterday.