How to Connect

Australian institutions and organisations involved in research and education can connect to AARNet's high-speed network and services via dedicated optical fibre provided by AARNet or one of our partner networks.

Australia’s dedicated national and international network for research and education

The AARNet ultra high-speed network provides Internet and other communications services to universities, research organisations, vocational training providers, schools and other organisations involved in research and education. These include service providers, health organisations and cultural institutions.

Connections to the AARNet network are scalable, and are typically 1 or 10 gigabits per second, up to 1,000 times faster than the average ADSL Internet connection.

Who can connect?

Generally, all institutions and organisations involved in research, education and training are eligible to connect. 

Please make an enquiry  to find out if your organisation qualifies.

If you are a Cloud Service provider you may also be eligible to connect via the AARNet Connect program. 

Connection options

AARNet Direct Circuits

Dedicated optical fibre provided by AARNet or one of our partner networks directly to your institution or organisation. 

We are a registered service provider for the National Broadband Network (NBN) which means that regional and remote schools and organisations involved in research and education can also connect to AARNet via NBN optical fibre, wireless or satellite networks.

Advanced Network Services

Our Advanced Network Services provide customers with a range of options for interconnecting campuses, data centres and service providers.

We work closely with you to determine the best bandwidth, performance and connection options for your needs.


Why connect?

  • Connecting to AARNet gives you access to the high capacity and high performance afforded by Australia’s only dedicated national and international network for research, education and training.
  • On a cost / performance basis, AARNet is the best value for money for research and education. We focus on creating long-term, sustainable, sector-owned Infrastructure and can provide our customers with high- bandwidth and quality services at low cost. 
  • You can also utilize AARNet’s range of services, including collaboration services such as video conferencing and video streaming, file transfer and storage services, mobility services, such as eduroam, and network services, such as virtual private networks. 
  • We are committed to advancing excellence in Australian research and education and support our customers by developing communities of practice around our services. 

How to get started?

Please contact us.

Methods of connecting your site to AARNet

We offer two main methods of connecting from your site to AARNet Network Access Point (NAP) sites or optical network: dark fibre and passive wavelengths.

These methods of connecting can also be used to interconnect your sites or campuses

Dark Fibre  

Fibre is the most common method of connecting into the network. Usually the most long-term cost-effective method is the installation of dark fibre. AARNet will co-ordinate the provision of this fibre. The installation of the fibre can be via any of the following methods:

  • Direct Burying (Ploughing) in rural areas
  • Trenching to install conduit
  • Boring to install conduit
  • Installing “Sub duct” in other carriers duct

Passive Wavelengths

To make better use of dark fibre, especially where there are limited pairs available, AARNet uses a variety of methods of multiplexing a number of services over a single fibre pair. AARNet will install and manage the wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) system over the fibres.  These WDM methods include:

  • Passive coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM)
  • Passive dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)
  • Amplified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)

Other Methods

AARNet will investigate and supply alternative methods for connection. These may include:

  • Radio or Laser connections
  • Leased Fibre
  • Managed Services
  • Infrastructure Maintenance 

Dial Before You Dig

To reduce the likelihood of the fibre infrastructure being damaged we register all AARNet fibre assets with Dial Before You Dig (DBYD). We respond to requests for information and managethe location and identification process with contractors.

In the unlikely event there is a fault with the fibre or WDM equipment, we manage the restoration of the AARNet service in a timely manner. Using “on call” contractors and holding spare parts helps with a speedy restoration.