- 1997.10.1 written by Kazunori Konishi/Director
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.
The Committee was formed to accomplish the objectives of the Consortium, and coordinates the activities for APAN Network and Applications with the help of the Secretariat.
Some of the APAN links have been installed, and the Network is being expanded gradually. The research on the next generation Internet technologies has begun in collaboration with advanced institutions in other regions. Application researchers have held workshops and symposiums, and the collaborations are being promoted in the region.