April 10, 2012
April 10 — Amity University is the newest member of the Ankabut network, which provides access to more than 75,000 students, researchers and educators in 54 UAE locations. The international network links to over 200 million advanced network users worldwide, over 70,000 research and educational institutions and nearly 100 international Advanced Network for Research and Education (NREN).
Chancellor Atul Chauhan of Amity University Dubai, said: "We are honoured to support Ankabut, the UAE Advanced Network for Research and Education. Amity is at the forefront of cutting edge technology and scientific research and the partnership will foster closer collaboration with a wide network of academic institutions, corporations and government agencies. A trickle-down effect, in turn, will ensure the benefit of enhanced learning and knowledge exchange opportunities for our student body."
"We welcome Amity University becoming a member of our growing community," said Fahem Al Nuaimi, chief executive officer of Ankabut. "By providing our high speed dedicated internet capacity and reliability, Amity University faculty and researchers can use the network to collaborate with their colleagues in the UAE and to their campuses in India and throughout the world. They will have access to our grid computing, and video conferencing services. We look forward to their commitment for the United Arab Emirates to be a global leader in Research and Education.
Amity will be connected to the network by the summer of 2012.
Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates' Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer QoS based networks with IPv4/IPv6, multicast and introduce advanced services on a "Closed Group Network" with "Public Interest Purposes". It enables a closed community network that allows the transfer of real-time services such as converged IM, voice and video communication, time-critical services such as grid computing interconnect (cloud computing), non-real time services such as e-learning, email, library interconnect, off-site disaster recovery, global federated single-sign-on and Wi-Fi networking. Ankabut is jointly funded by the TRA through the ICT Fund and by Khalifa University who also manages the project.
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