Q 1 : What is APAN (the Organisation)?
  A 1 :
APAN is the not-for-profit Association that is the legal entity (formal name APAN Ltd) created to undertake the activities of APAN members. APAN members are the entities representing research and education network interests in the countries/economies of Asia and Oceania. APAN exists for the benefit of its members. It does not undertake any commercial activities and relies on Membership fees to fund its activities.

APAN coordinates developments and interactions among its members, and with peer international organisations, in both network technology and applications, and is a key driver in promoting and facilitating network-enabled research collaboration; knowledge discovery; telehealth; and natural disaster mitigation.

APAN was first established as a non-profit international consortium on 3 June 1997. On 8th August 2009, in order to better meet the challenges associated with the changing environment, APAN was incorporated in Hong Kong as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (also known as an association). A brief history of APAN can be found at: http://www.apan.net/about/APAN.php

  Q 2: What is APAN's Charter ?
  A 2 : The Principal Objects of APAN (APAN's Charter) are set out at: http://www.apan.net/about/objects.pdf

  Q 3 : When and where does APAN hold its Meetings ?
  A 3 :
APAN organizes two meeting each year where its members and other interested participants come together in working groups, BoFs, committees, plenary sessions, and in other meetings to review progress, demonstrate advances in technology and applications, and make plans for the future activities.

The venue for each meeting is selected by the APAN Events Committee from proposals to host an APAN meeting. Generally the meetings rotate among APAN members, but once every few years a meeting is held together with the US Joint Techs in Hawaii or jointly with other organisations. More information on APAN meetings can be found under the "Meetings" tab at http://www.apan.net

  Q 4 : What is the APAN Network ?
  A 4 :
The APAN Backbone network is the mesh of circuits that connect the research and education networks of APAN member countries/economies to each other and to other research networks around the world.

A schematic diagram of the APAN Backbone network is maintained by APAN-JP NOC and the current version is available at: http://www.apan.net/NetworkMap.php

The circuits, connections and peering policies are, in general, managed by the countries or programs responsible for funding the circuits. Status reports and strategic planning of the APAN Backbone network are considered and reviewed at Backbone Committee meetings. Operational and technical issues are considered and reviewed at the Network Engineering Workshops. These are held at each APAN meeting.

  Q 5 : What types of traffic can be carried across the APAN backbone ?
  A 5 :
In general, traffic related to the activities of APAN member communities, which are non-commercial not-for profit entities, may be carried across the APAN backbone. Specific conditions of transit are determined by the APAN members or programs that own the circuits.

  Q 6 : What are the Membership Categories of APAN ?
  A 6 :
There are two principal categories of APAN Ltd membership. These are Voting Members and Non-Voting Members. There can only be one Voting (also known as Primary) Member for each country/economy. There are four sub-categories of Non-voting Members (Associate, Affiliate, Liaison and Industry Members). The attributes of each sub-category are shown at: http://www.apan.net/membership/memberCategories.php

Primary, Associate or Affiliate Membership of APAN is open to entities, organizations or consortia in the Asia-Pacific supporting the objectives and role of APAN. Liaison and Industry Members may be based in other regions but must have an interest in supporting the objectives and role of APAN.

For those who are interested in becoming a member of APAN, please contact sec AT apan.net

  Q 7 : Who are the current Members of APAN ?
  A 7 :
A current list of the Voting (Primary) Members and Non-Voting (Associate, Affiliate, Liaison and Industry Members is shown at: http://www.apan.net/membership/members.php .

  Q 8 : What is APAN's source of income ?
  A 8 : APAN relies on Membership fees to fund its activities.

  Q 9 : What are APAN's Membership Fees ?
  A 9 : APAN Membership fees are set out at: http://www.apan.net/membership/membershipFees.php .

  Q 10 : What are the voting entitlements of APAN Members ?
  A 10 : The voting entitlements of APAN Members are set out at: http://www.apan.net/membership/membershipFees.php .

  Q 11 : What is the Governance and Organisational Structure of APAN ?
  A 11 : The Governance and Organisational Structure of APAN is shown at: http://www.apan.net/about/organization.php .

  Q 12 : What is the Business Philosophy of APAN ?
  A 12 : APAN is a not-for-profit Association that exists for the benefits of the communities of its member countries, especially in the areas of education, health, societal benefit and research.

  Q 13 : Does APAN undertake any commercial activities ?
  A 13 : No. APAN does not undertake any commercial activities.

  Q 14 : What activities in technology and applications are supported by APAN ?
  A 14 :
APAN has a number of working groups in the e-research area and in the network technology area that support a wide range of activities in technology and applications, see: http://www.apan.net/wg/wg.php

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2014

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