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Hans Frese

Like many of my colleagues, I came to computer networking in the 1980s and 1990s in the context of my work in high energy physics, both with experiments and accelerator control systems.  This grew from laboratory wide networking to national and international networks and from physics specific networking to Research and Educational Networks both nationally and internationally.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, satellite links became the tool of choice to establish connections with our colleagues in Russia and the newly independent states. During the 2000s, this led to the Virtual Silk Highway NATO project establishing NRENs and their international links in the Caucasus and Central Asian states as a stepping stone to their fiber connections available now.

Currently my work in this area is concentrating on the Afghanistan Research and Education Network.

In 1997, my satellite experiences brought me into contact with the establishment of the Global Communications Infrastructure of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty where I have been active since as task leader for communications.