TENET: The Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa

TENET's main purpose is to secure, for the benefit of South African universities and associated research and support institutions, Internet and Information Technology services. TENET is a service organisation and is committed to service excellence and to services that are strongly aligned and consistent with the organisational requirements of the user community. TENET operates the SANReN Network under the terms of a Collaboration Agreement with the CSIR.

The network operated by TENET includes a 10 Gbps circuit to London on the SEACOM cable system, 20 Gbps on the WACS cable system, redundant backhaul circuits from the SEACOM landing station in Mtunzini, the SANReN 10 Gbps backbone, SANReN fibre rings in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, the GEN3 MPLS network and Metro-E circuits provided by Neotel, IP Connect bandwidth into the ADSL cloud, and various optical fibre and wireless access circuits. TENET operates transit and peering links in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and Amsterdam, including a connection to the European research and education network, GÉANT. TENET also operates UbuntuNet gateways in Mtunzini, London and Amsterdam under contract to the UbuntuNet Alliance

Service Support

TENET is an honorary member of the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) and upholds ISPA's Code of Conduct


Partnerships and Affiliations


SANReN is TENET's principal partner in the South African NREN landscape. 
Universities South Africa, formally known as Higher Education South Africa(HESA), is a membership organisation representing South Africa’s universities. 
ASAUDIT is a key partner and collaborator in service strategy and design. ASAUDIT facilitates IT collaboration between higher education institutions in South Africa.
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TENET is a founder member of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking. The Alliance serves the regional REN needs of eastern and southern Africa.
WAPA LogoTENET is an Associate (NPO) member of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa.