Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe
Abbreviation DANTE
Formation 5 July 1993
Purpose/focus Research and education network operation
Headquarters Cambridge,
United Kingdom
Region served Europe

Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) is a not-for-profit organisation that plans, builds and operates the international networks that interconnect the various national research and education networks in Europe and surrounding regions. It was established 5 July 1993 as a limited liability company owned by Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne (RARE).[1][2] Ownership was transferred to a number of NRENs in 1994[3] and government agencies, and is based in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The members are Consortium GARR (Italy) 14%, DFN e.V. (Germany) 14%, HEFCE (United Kingdom) 14%, RENATER (France) 14%, SURFnet (The Netherlands) 9%, SWITCH (Switzerland) 9%, NORDUnet (Scandinavia) 7%, CSIC (Spain) 5%, ARNES (Slovenia) 2%, CESNET (Czech Republic) 2%, FCCN (Portugal) 2%, HUNGARNET (Hungary) 2%, HEAnet (Ireland) 2%, Ariadnet (Greece) 2%, and RESTENA (Luxembourg) 2%.

DANTE currently operates the GÉANT2 pan-European backbone network,[4] and previously operated the earlier generation EuropaNET, TEN-34, and TEN-155 networks. It also provides connections to Abilene (United States), ESnet (United States), CA*net4 (Canada), APAN (Asia-Pacific), RedCLARA (Latin America), ERNET (India), TENET (South Africa), and a number of Mediterranean Region countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey).


  1. ^ "DANTE Presentation: RIPE meeting". 17 September 1993. ftp://ftp.ripe.net/ripe/presentations/ripe-m16-hd-DANTE.txt. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Byung-Keun Kim (2005). Internationalizing the Internet: the co-evolution of influence and technology. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 9781843764977. 
  3. ^ Nadreau, Jean-Paul; Oliver Blagoj Popov (2001). Networking developments in the Caucasus region. IOS Press. p. 46. ISBN 9781586031794. 
  4. ^ Pagani, Margherita (2005). Encyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking, Volume 1. Idea Group Inc. p. 53. ISBN 9781591405610. 

Further reading

  • Davies, Howard; Beatrice Bressan (2010). A History of International Research Networking: The People who Made it Happen. Wiley-VCH. ISBN 9783527327102. 

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