Jordan launches broadband university network

The University Learning and Research Network (ULRN) component of the National Broadband Network was officially launched today at Jordan University.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  September 19, 2004

The University Learning and Research Network (ULRN) component of the National Broadband Network was officially launched today at Jordan University. As part of the launch celebration, HM King Abdullah II inaugurated a videoconference held between the eight public university presidents, each from his campus, to showcase the capabilities and advantages of the network. The ULRN is the first component of Jordan’s proposed National Broadband Network, and involves connecting eight public universities through broadband links supporting high speed connectivity of up to 1 Gbyte/p/s. “The objective of the National Broadband Network is to connect approximately 1.5 million learners in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan within the next three years,” says HE Dr Fawaz Zu’bi. “This will be achieved via the development of an advanced infrastructure to connect all of Jordan’s public universities, schools, educational institutions and public access sites to one network,” he adds. The network utilises the existing infrastructure of the National Electricity Power Company’s (NEPCo) optical fibre network to minimise new infrastructure requirements for this network. Two optical fibre pairs with a total length of 855km from the existing NEPCo infrastructure have been used. In addition, 65km of civil works and optical fibre installation was built to connect the public University sites to the existing NEPCo fibre infrastructure. Non-profit company Unico, has been established to operate and maintain the network on behalf of all eight public universities. The Ministry of ICT is supporting Unico to establish connectivity with 3,000 universities in Europe though the Eumedconnect initiative.

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