Druk Research & Education Network (DrukREN) started as national project funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2014 to provide high speed network access to colleges under Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) in Bhutan.
The project is implemented by the Department of Information Technology & Telecom, Ministry of Information & Communications to complement development philosophy of country – “To promote a green and self reliant economy sustained by an IT enabled knowledge society guided by the philosophy of Gross National Happiness”.
Druk Research & Education Network (DrukREN) is dedicated high speed National Research & Education Network (NREN) for research & education community in Bhutan with its Point of Presence in 11 out of 20 districts.
DrukREN interconnects 25 research institutes including higher educational institutes and hospital with its plan to further extend high speed connectivity to all other research & education institutes in the country. DrukREN is operated and managed by DITT, MoIC.
DITT, MoIC is representing DrukREN as a participating member of Asi@Connect Project which is supported by the European Union to connect NRENs in the Asia since 2009. DrukREN maintains close relationship with global research & education community such as NKN, NSRC and TEIN Members.
DrukREN also provides International Commercial Transit for its members by purchasing transit from local Internet Service Provider. The international connection to global research & education network via NKN has been operationalized since February 2019.
DrukREN connects research and education establishments to one common network thus replacing their existing commercial Internet access with dedicated higher speed links.
DITT, MoIC is planning to institutionalize Steering Committee exclusively to govern DrukREN. Steering Committee will have members from all the colleges and institutes that would be connected to DrukREN. The network will be run as a cooperative, effectively forming a buyer’s club in the future: Operated by the national R&E community for the R&E community.