eduroam celebrates a decade of providing secure roaming Internet access for users

28. 5. 2012.

eduroam, the ground-breaking secure roaming connectivity service has passed a major milestone: since its inception 10 years ago eduroam has now spread to over 50 countries globally, with more than 5,000 locations in Europe alone where researchers, students and teachers with eduroam credentials can securely access the Internet while away from their home institution.

A celebration of eduroam’s ten-year anniversary took place during the 2012 TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2012), with special recognition for the role of Klaas Wierenga who had the original idea for eduroam while employed at SURFnet, the Dutch National Research and Education Network (NREN) organisation. The anniversary is 30 May 2012.

Miroslav Milinović works at Srce, University Computing Centre, University of Zagreb in Croatia, which took part in the first eduroam developments ten years ago along with SURFnet, the University of Southampton and the Portuguese NREN, FCCN. He leads the Operational Team that coordinates the European eduroam confederation as part of the pan-European GÉANT project, and also chairs the Global eduroam Governance Committee (GeGC), which was established to ensure the uniform deployment of eduroam across existing and new territories. “Ten years ago wireless networks and mobile working were in their infancy, but as demand has increased from the global research community, eduroam has expanded its reach to meet changing working needs,” he says. “The service and the technology behind it are continuing to develop and improve, with the research and education networking community still contributing their time and expertise through TERENA task forces and GÉANT project research and service activities.”


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