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The research and education sector’s eduroam global roaming service is celebrating two amazing milestones: on 17 May, 2016, eduroam clocked one billion roaming authentications (either in-country or international) since the beginning of the year and the one billionth international authentication (when users are connecting from outside their home country) since the service was launched.
Since its launch on 1 September 2008 as a GÉANT (the pan-European research and education network) service, the aim of eduroam has been to help the Research and Education community collaborate both nationally and internationally. From its early beginnings with a handful of European universities, the service has grown to cover over 70 countries and tens of thousands of wifi hotspots on every continent around the globe. Now researchers can travel to each other’s university and can instantly and securely connect to eduroam without the need for guest identities, sharing passwords or insecure webpage logins.
What is most amazing about eduroam is its seamless and virtually invisible operation – truly the mark of a successful service. Put simply, it just works!
eduroam stands as an example of the success of international collaboration. Experts from around the world have all contributed time, effort and expertise to ensure that Research and Education can benefit from advanced technology.
AARNet congratulates the originators and developers at GÉANT on this milestone!
Closer to home, AARNet is currently clocking over 20,000 unique users authenticated per day in Australia alone. We are extending eduroam beyond the university campus, to hospitals, buses, ferries and other venues and are also leading a project to extend eduroam in the Asia Pacific region.
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Image: Map depicts eduroam usage around the globe. Source: monitor.eduroam.org