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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 broadband network for research and education

The AARNet ultra high-speed network connects Australian universities, research organisations, vocational training providers, schools and other organisations involved in research and education to the Internet, the global research and education community, scientific instruments and online resources. Our network is specifically designed to deliver a high-quality experience for everyone, anytime.

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. 

AARNet Internet

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

Connections to the AARNet network are scalable, and are typically 1, 10 or 100 gigabits per second. We help you choose the right bandwidth for your needs.

AARNet peers with leading online content and service providers to enable a high quality experience for AARNet customers everyday, at any time.

Connectivity options

We offer customersa range of options for managing very large data transfers, global roaming, interconnecting campuses, data centres and cloud service providers, and other network 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 cyber security, data and collaboration services.
  • 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?

For pricing and more information, 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.