The AARNet 2021 Annual Report is now online. Inside you’ll find an overview of who we are and what we do, along with information about our operational and engagement achievements and activities during 2021.
2021 was another challenging year. Like all businesses, AARNet operated in a changing and uncertain environment due to the persistence of the pandemic. Despite this, we successfully delivered for our shareholders and the company remains in a strong financial position.
View the financial statements and read about activities, such as expanding our footprint in both capital cities and regional areas to connect more campuses, facilities and instruments. Our focus in regional areas is on improving access to high-speed networking for the broader research and education communities. Internationally, we built on our investments in subsea cable systems, collaborating with our consortium partners to add capacity and diversity to the Asiapacific-Europe Ring (AER) and signing a new consortium agreement for connectivity between Guam and Singapore. We joined forces with other NRENs in in the Asia Pacific Oceania region to form APOnet, a collaboration to improve high-speed networking in the region, and we added capacity across the Pacific Ocean by deploying high-capacity connectivity between Sydney and Seattle on the Hawaiki cable system. Despite expansion in the use of other collaboration tools, Zoom usage continued to grow in 2021. AARNet Zoom customers conducted over 6.8 billion Zoom meeting minutes, a 17% increase on the previous year.
We also highlight some of the interesting projects, partnerships and discoveries enabled by AARNet’s powerful network infrastructure and services. Read about mysteries in our cosmos, teaching and learning in challenging times, digital preservation for museums, and connecting Australia’s fastest supercomputers.