The Information and Communications Technology Ministry of Thailand has established a high-speed international Internet network to support the research and development and education sectors and enhance the skills of Thai researchers and students at universities.
The network will link up with TEIN2 (Trans-Eurasia Information Network), which is the backbone infrastructure behind building Asian and Euro-Asian Internet connectivity. Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE), a European non-profit organisation constructs and operates pan-European research networks. TEIN2 provides a continuous and consistent environment for electronic collaboration for research and education between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Ajin Jirachiefpattana, head of the ICT Ministry's Infrastructure Management Group, said the link to the TEIN2 network aimed to support local students and researchers when they work on R&D related to the social, technology and economic spheres. Ajin said the ministry planned to spend Bt20 million to provide international bandwidth at speeds of up to 155 megabits per second to link with TEIN2. After that, DANTE plans to upgrade the network to TEIN3, which will run from 2008 to 2012.