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The Internet was born and grown up by the massive efforts of researchers, with the fiscal support of government agencies. Commercial Internet providers now enjoy the business success, but it is well known that new technologies are required to meet tomorrow's demands of the customers.

Researchers are faced with the tomorrow's demands at first, and can make efforts to overcome the difficulties. Thus the necessity for high-end Internet for researchers in Asia Pacific region was recognized at APEC Symposium in Tsukuba, Japan in March 1996, and then Asia Pacific Advanced(APAN) was proposed at APII Test-bed Forum in Seoul, Korea in June 1996. Energetic meetings were held with the attendance of the delegates from North America or Europe for one year, and APAN Consortium was formed under a Memorandum of Understanding in Jun 1997 to promote advanced research in networking technologies and the development of high-performance broadband applications.

APAN (Asia-Pacific Advanced Network ) is a non-profit international consortium established on 3 June 1997. APAN is designed to be a high-performance network for research and development on advanced next generation applications and services. APAN provides an advanced networking environment for the research and education community in the Asia-Pacific region, and promotes global collaboration.

Its objectives are:

  1. to coordinate and promote network technology developments and advances in network-based applications and services.
  2. to coordinate the development of an advanced networking environment for research and education communities in the Asia-Pacific region.
  3. to encourage and promote global cooperation to help achieve the above.
In furtherance of the above objectives, the Organization may carry out the following activities, though not necessarily limited to these:
  1. holding meetings, workshops and conferences.
  2. exchanging technical information among its community and beyond.
  3. arranging and organizing education and training workshops.
  4. promoting and encouraging regional connectivity.
In furtherance of the above objectives, the Organization may work closely with interested individuals and organizations to further the cause of adoption and research into advance network applications and technologies.

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