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Belnet Logo
Motto dedicated connectivity
Formation 1993
Legal status Public service with separate management within the Federal Public Service for Science Policy Programming (since 2000)
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Region served
Chairman of the Management Committee
Pierre Bruyère
Main organ
Management Committee

Belnet (or the Belgian National research and education network) is a Belgian internet provider for educational institutions, research centres, scientific institutes and government services.[1] Since 1993, BELNET provides web services to higher education, federal departments and ministries, and international organisations.

Belnet also operates the Belgian Computer Emergency Response Team (, and the Belgian National Internet eXchange (BNIX).[2] Belnet is connected to Internet2 (a not-for-profit United States networking consortium), GÉANT (a high speed pan-European data network) and to several European internet exchanges, and is active in grid computing.[3]

Since 2001, Belnet provides IPv6 connectivity and multicast access to its customers.

One of Belnet's FTP servers is a mirror for holding several files related to the FOSS and GNU communities, as well as Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo, and Fedora.

Since 2004, Belnet is the operator of BEgrid, the Belgian research grid infrastructure,[4] and since 2009 it is also the operator of the BEgrid Portal (based on P-GRADE Portal technology).


  1. ^ "Who are we?". Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  2. ^ "History". Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Separately-managed State department - Research and applications - Belgian Science Policy". Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Announcement - Belgian research grid connects to world-wide grid". 22 November 2005. 

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