Foundation Projects

Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3)

Keio University

The Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3) project is an international research consortium linking universities and research institutes in Asia with researchers working to develop and deploy leading-edge technologies for the Internet such as IPv6, WWW caching and replication, and multimedia communication mechanisms, as well as applications for the advanced use of the Internet.


The project aims to continue the development and the eventual full implementation of resilient satellite connectivity to support research and education infrastructure and collaboration in the Asia Pacific. At the same time, it aims to provide connectivity in the wake of disasters and emergencies. These objectives are pursued in collaboration with the Arterial Research and Educational Network in Asia-Pacific (ARENA-PAC). To achieve this objective, this proposal pursues three initiatives:

  • The development of the non-terrestrial network (NTN) in the Asia Pacific.
  • The development of inclusive, emergency-ready disaster-response networks.
  • Support for technology development and collaboration to create a research and education network (REN) with community-based research on dynamic networks, network measurement and security, the internet of things, and research data platforms.

Benefits to the Community

  • Research and education institutions in Asia, including at remote or poorly connected sites, have alternative or main connectivity for their activities, including network-based experiments.
  • Communities in disaster and other emergency locations in Asia will be able to rapidly recover connectivity to the Internet using NTNs.
  • Partner institutions have concrete global collaborations in various network-based research, generating program visibility among REN communities and other strategic partners.

For funding information, see the relevant annual reports.