Network

As the manager of the national network infrastructure interconnecting Luxembourg institutions in the sectors of research and education, both among themselves, and with their European counterparts, the Restena Foundation offers its users a high-performance infrastructure able to serve demanding research projects.

A powerful research and education infrastructure

Designing and operating the national network infrastructure dedicated to players in research and education in Luxembourg not only forms the cornerstone of our skills, but above all that of our mission. We are a National Research and Education Network (NREN) as they exist in various parts of the world.

We provide a flexible and secure network with a very high state-of-the-art connection capacity. We maintain this physical infrastructure, but beyond that, we develop it according to the needs of our users. Thanks to this, we contribute to the influence and efficiency of research and education beyond the borders of Luxembourg. 

A national infrastructure connected internationally

Infographic showing the national infrastructure connected internationally

National network

Thanks to our PoPs (Point of Presence) distributed throughout the country, we optimise the resources of our network infrastructure and provide all our connected institutions with a minimum access capacity of 1Gbit/s.

To carry traffic, we essentially use dark fibre which we have combined for optimal efficiency with Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology.

This technology, which allows us to send multiple signals in the same optical fibre, allows us to set up point-to-point links at the request of our users from 10 to 100Gbit/s for research projects, a major asset for Luxembourg innovation requiring such performance levels.

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Cross-border and international connections

We have integrated the National Research and Education infrastructure network in Luxembourg within the GÉANT pan-European research network. As a result of this, we work with our counterparts in more than 40 countries and have access to research networks in the United States, Latin America, Russia and Asia. The bandwidth of this connection, and our national infrastructure reaches 100Gbit/s, allowing us to not only guarantee the optimal efficiency of our infrastructure but also to fully meet the national requirements in terms of performance and network access. 

Closer to home, with our counterparts in Wallonia (Belgium) and Lorraine (France) we have set up a very high-speed telecommunications infrastructure that is complementary to the GÉANT European network. This dark fibre cross-border network provides additional direct connectivity to neighbouring research networks through links to Arlon, Longwy, Luxembourg and Nancy, whose central interconnection node is located at one of our points of presence in the south of Luxembourg.

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Services

Our service offering

In addition to connection to the National Research and Education Network, we offer connected institutions many additional services. Available on request, they allow such institutions to benefit from and exploit our network optimally. 

A network serving a community

The use of resources and services of the National Research and Education Network is open to institutions based in Luxembourg operating in the sectors of education, research, culture, health and administration, namely:

  • public and private schools offering primary, secondary and post-secondary education;
  • public and private research centres;
  • libraries and museums;
  • hospitals; 
  • government bodies;
  • international organisations; 
  • start-ups located on technology transfer campuses.

Organisations connected to the RESTENA network

The organisations listed below are beneficiaries of the resources and services of the Luxembourg Research and Education Network managed by the Restena Foundation.

All connected organisations are governed by the general terms and conditions of use of the Restena Foundation’s services.