Qatar National Research and Education Network (QNREN)

Connecting to QNREN

There are a number of requirements and conditions that applicants have to comply with before connecting to QNREN:

  1. Check that your organisation fit the requirements in the QNREN Connection Policy available at http://www.qnren.qa/policies/qnren-connection-policy/.
  2. Your router must support BGP and must be able to handle at least 20,000 IPv4 routes. This is assuming that you will only receive default IPv4 route from your commodity internet service provider and full research and education network routes from QNREN.
  3. Your network must have a valid public Autonomous System Number(ASN) – The applicant’s network must have its own ASN assigned by a Regional Internet Registry(RIR) such as RIPE-NCC or a Local Internet Registry(LIR) such as a local Internet Service Provider(ISP). If your ASN is assigned by an LIR, we may require a Letter of Authorization (LoA) from that LIR.
  4. Your network must have fixed IPv4 address space allocated or assigned by an RIR. If your IPv4 address space is assigned by an LIR, we may require an LoA from that LIR. You will advertise your IPv4 routes via BGP to QNREN. The maximum IPv4 prefix length that will be allowed on QNREN is /24.
  5. For IPv6 connectivity, your organisation must have a fixed IPv6 address space allocated or assigned by an RIR or an LIR. If your IPv6 address space is assigned by an LIR, we may require an LoA from that LIR. You will advertise your IPv6 routes via BGP to QNREN. The maximum IPv6 prefix length that will be allowed on QNREN is /48.
  6. To establish IPv6 BGP connection with QNREN, your router must be able to support at least 5000 IPv6 routes. This is assuming that you will only receive default IPv6 route from your commodity Internet service provider and full research and education network routes from QNREN.
  7. We recommend QNREN members to also be a member of a Regional Internet Registry (such as RIPE NCC) so that members will have their own public AS number and IPv4/IPv6 resources. Click here for RIPE NCC FAQ on becoming a member.

* Do note that QNREN provides high speed access to other research and education networks. Your organisation still need to have connection to commodity Internet service provider(s) such as Ooredoo or Vodafone in order to access the Internet.