TENET (network)

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Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa
Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa Logo.svg
Abbreviation TENET
Predecessor UNINET Project
Formation August 2000; 18 years ago (2000-08)
Registration no. 2000/020780/08
Legal status non profit company
Purpose National Research and Education Network
Headquarters Wynberg, Cape Town
Region served
South Africa
Affiliations UbuntuNet Alliance, ISPA, USAf, ASAUDIT, WAPA
Website www.tenet.ac.za

The Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) is the de facto national research and education network in South Africa.


TENET is a membership-based, non profit company incorporated in South Africa. Its members are the public universities and statutory research councils it serves.[1] Its board of directors is appointed by the members at an annual general meeting.


TENET acts as a comprehensive Internet service provider as well as a research and education network: it operates the South African National Research Network (SANReN), a large-scale government infrastructure project that provides network connectivity between higher educational and research organisations. In addition, it maintains private peering links with a number of large ISPs in South Africa and peers at both the JINX (in Johannesburg) and CINX (in Cape Town) Internet exchange points. International connectivity at 10Gbit/s is provided from points of presence in London and Amsterdam via the SEACOM cable. A second 20Gbit/s route on the WACS cable up the West Coast provides redundant access and was obtained as an IRU by South Africa's Department of Science and Technology as part of the broader aims of SANReN and in support of bandwidth-hungry applications such as the Square Kilometer Array and MeerKAT radio telescope.


TENET operates a growing bundle of services in support of research & education in South Africa. These include:

  • Video conferencing
  • the eduroam national roaming operator for South Africa
  • South African Identity Federation (SAFIRE), which is a member of the global eduGAIN inter-federation.
  • a sector CSIRT (in conjunction with SANReN)

Relationships to other research networks[edit]

As a founder member of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, an African confederation of research and education networks,[2] TENET is committed to improving regional connections.

TENET was connected to GÉANT in October 2004,[3] a relationship that was subsequently subsumed by the UbuntuNet Alliance.


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