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Virtual Silk Highway

A computer networking project for the Caucasus and Central Asia

05/02/2007 - NATO
Enhanced service for the Virtual Silk Highway
09/04/2006 - NATO
STS projects in Turkmenistan
10/10/2004 - NATO
Afghanistan links to the Virtual Silk Highway
26/08/2003 - NATO
Final step on the Virtual Silk Highway
11/06/2003 - NATO
NATO Secretary General inaugurates Georgia link in Virtual Silk Highway
14-15/05/2003 - NATO
Lord Robertson visits Caucasus
17/01/2003 - NATO
New link on the Virtual Silk Highway
20-29/08/2002 - Budapest
Report on the Advanced Networking Workshop "Engineering the Virtual Silk Highway"
19/08/2002 - NATO
Historic first Link on the Virtual Silk Highway
20/06/2002 - NATO
Computer networking panel meeting in Kazakhstan
20-22/06/2002 - NATO
Meeting of Computer Networking Panel in Kazakhstan
Glossary of used terms
17/01/2003 - NATO
The Silk Road in the Dimension of the XXI Century - Speech by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Spring 2002 - NATO Review
Article: Building the virtual silk highway
Video conference with President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze
PDF Library
Key links
Virtual Silk Highway
Related projects
Virtual Silk Highway - NATO Science Program - Satellite Dish

The ancient Silk Road was not only a trade route but also an all-important road for the transfer of information and knowledge between major regions of the world. A new multi-year NATO computer networking project plans to bring highly cost effective, global Internet connectivity to the Caucasus and Central Asia through state-of-the-art satellite technology, thus creating a modern information network.

Concept of the Project
The academic and educational communities in the eight countries concerned will be connected to the Internet by way of a common satellite beam. New technology makes it possible for each of the countries to have its own minimum bandwidth capacity and at the same time make use of unused bandwidth of other participating countries. In addition, the use of modern data caching techniques, enabled by the choice of satellite technology, should allow further improvement in the effective bandwidth achieved.
Progress of the Virtual Silk Highway
Since the first delivery of Silk Project satellite equipment and the successful link-up to Uzbekistan in August, work has been underway to establish links in four more countries.
Final step on the Virtual Silk Highway

Good news from Ashgabat, We have installed satellite dish and have established connection to Gamburg today. Photos will be ready on Monday.
Best regards, . . . .

28 August 2003 - With these short words from the Virtual Silk Highway team, sent by e-mail from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 22 August 2003, a major endeavour by the NATO Science Programme came to a successful conclusion.