AARNet - Australia's Academic and Research Network
For more than 30 years AARNet has provided reliable telecommunications services, along with an expanding range of cyber security, data and collaboration services. Our network and services are designed to meet the specialised needs of Australia's research and education sector.
Connecting with a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP) gives you access to the internet. Connecting with AARNet gives you so much more. Such as access to reliable high-speed internet and connectivity, cyber security, data and collaboration services that are fit for the purpose of research and education.
We provide metropolitan, regional, national and global connectivity. AARNet owns and has access to fibre optic links across the country, through major metropolitan cities and into remote locations. We also connect the research and education sector to the rest of the world.
Our purpose is to provide transformational and secure connectivity and collaboration services for Australian universities, CSIRO, and other organisations that champion research and education. Think research institutes, hospitals, government agencies, vocational training providers, schools and cultural organisations.
We provide the access and services that enable collaboration, discovery and innovation. It’s the seamless access and movement of data between researchers, instruments, tools and resources that leads to life-changing discoveries. Our frictionless network also empowers teachers to use digital technologies.
AARNet’s advanced research network infrastructure is purpose-built for research and education. Widely regarded as the founder of the internet in Australia, we are renowned as the architect, builder and operator of world-class high-speed low-latency national and international network infrastructure.
Australia’s academic and research network was established in 1989 by a group of Australian universities. Our trailblazing tale from pioneers of the internet through the rollout of AARNet’s many iterations, continues today with our ongoing exploration of digital technologies for advancing research and education.
Learn about our governance structure and the strategy that guides our activities.
The In The Field blog showcases inspiring stories about the people and projects around the world enabled by the global network of national research and education networks. These stories highlight how AARNet and the other networks help to facilitate the advancement of academia.