History

Creation of the ´information technologies´ Impulse programme by the Science Policy Office. The main objective of this multi-year programme (1989-1996) was to promote the use of supercomputers by Belgian researchers. A second part of this programme also focused on research into the installation of a network that would make it possible for researchers to remotely connect to powerful computers.

Creation of Belnet as a research program within the Belgian Science Policy.

Number of employees: 3

Number of connected institutions: 27

Network capacity: 64 kbits/s

Belnet is a founding member of ISPA, the Belgian Internet Service Providers Association.

Connection to EuropaNET, the predecessor of the pan-European research and education network.

Belnet sets up and manages BNIX (Belgian National Internet eXchange), the Belgian point of interconnection that makes data exchange possible between Internet service providers (ISP´s) in Belgium.

Network capacity: 2 Mbits/s

Belnet offers experimental IPv6 on its network and sets up its first redundant backbone.

Network capacity: 34 Mbits/s (155 Mbits/s ATM for the core)

Belnet participates in BELSURF, an international collaboration project with the Dutch NREN Surfnet in the context of TEN-34, the Trans-European Network Interconnect at 34 Mbits/s.

Participation in the European TEN-155 project, whose goal was linking the European research networks at 155 Mbit/s.

Network capacity: 622 Mbits/s ATM (1Gbits/s Ethernet for the core)

A law defines Belnet as a public service under separate management within the Federal Science Policy.

Its official name is the Belgian Telematics research network, BELNET.

Belnet becomes a DNS.be agent for the registration of domain names.

Number of employees: 12

Connection to Géant, the pan-European research and education network which links the European research networks at 2,5 Gbit/s.

Belnet PoP in New York: a direct transatlantic connection at 155 Mbit/s between the Belnet infrastructure and the United States.

Development and management of the first FedMAN network (Federal Metropolitan Area Network) for Fedict. This network connects all central administrative departments from the federal government in the Brussels region with each other at 1 Gbit/s and to the Internet at 100 Mbits/s.

The Belnet network is now IPV6 native and IPv6 is offered to the connected institutions in production mode.

Network capacity: 2,5 Gbits/s (10 Gbits/s for the core)

Belnet celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Number of employees: 22

Number of connected institutions: 136

The capacity of the BNIX network is expanded to 10 Gbits/s.

Creation of the Belnet CERT, the ‘Computer Emergency Response Team’ which provides information and help for the Belnet community.

Creation of BEgrid, the Belnet GRID initiative that provides researchers with a platform to stimulate GRID initiatives in Belgium.

 

Participation of Belnet in the eduroam (Educational Roaming) initiative. The eduroam service offers users a simple and secure access to their own institution's network and that those of other institutions affiliated with Belnet that offer eduroam.

Signing of a cooperation agreement with the Flemish and Walloon governments to provide colleges of higher education with a cheaper and improved high-bandwidth connection to the Belnet network.

Start-up of the second generation FedMAN network. FedMAN 2 connects 24 institutions with each other at a speed of 1Gbit/s and serves almost 80.000 civil servants.
 

Belnet hosts the yearly TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) in Bruges, the most important European conference about advanced network technologies.

A 24/24 and 7/7 helpdesk is available for all connected institutions.

From now on Belnet manages its own fiber.

Network capacity:  n*10 Gbits/s (Ethernet and Lambda)

The mission of Belnet is enlarged by a law; besides the management of the Belgian research network, Belnet is officially in charge of the development, exploitation and management of activities and telematical networks for and in favor of public authorities, administrations and federal organisations.

Belnet participates in the IOT@ project for the installation of cross border fiber between Germany, France, Luxemburg and Belgium. A direct connection between Hasselt and Maastricht also connects the Netherlands and Belgium with fiber.

Launch of FedMAN 3. This third generation FedMAN network is from now on integrated in the Belnet network.

Creation of CERT.be: Fedict, in collaboration with BIPT, asks Belnet to operate CERT.be, the first national contact point for cyber security.

Launch of the IPv6 website in the context of 'World IPv6 Day', with the purpose of promoting the new Internet protocol worldwide. Belnet is an IPv6 pioneer in Belgium. With its 10 years of experience, Belnet offers IPv6 connectivity to all organisations connected to the Belnet network.

Belnet moves to brand new offices at Avenue Louise 231, where the Belgian Science Policy Office is located.

Creation of the Belnet R&E Federation uniting educational and research institutions connected to the Belnet network in a common infrastructure.

Belnet celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Implementation of an ITSM-system (IT Service Management). From now on all connected organisations have access to a single point of contact via a 24/7-service desk.

Implementation of govroam. Belnet creates govroam, the first wireless/Wi-Fi roaming service for public services and governmental administrations connected to the Belnet network, based on the eduroam model. Govroam is adopted in the Netherlands.

First Belgian Internet Security Conference. As a public administration and operator of CERT.be, Belnet plays an important role in strategic issues about cybersecurity and offers an alternative for commercial conferences.

Number of employees: 57

Number of connected organisations: 200

Belnet renews its optical network. Connections of 100 Gbit/s and multiples are now possible.
Launch of Belnet Storage.

Launch of Belnet Cloud Computing and renewal of the Digital Certificates Service.

Start of the WANLAN-FIN project. Belnet will manage both the WAN and LAN-networks of the federal public service Finance.

BNIX celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Belnet launches my.belnet.be, the portal website for its clients.

Belnet obtains the EMAS certification, a reward for its environmental efforts.

Number of employees: 72

By renewing its IP network, Belnet offers its clients an even faster, more reliable and flexible network.