25 years of Internet in South Africa

25 years of Internet in South Africa

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We celebrated 25 years of Internet in South Africa on the 12 November 2016! The Internet, a global platform that connects people across the globe, eventually became the basis of our communication and information exchange from this point.

The first Internet protocol (IP) connection was made between the computer centre at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape by Mike Lawrie and the home of early Internet pioneer Randy Bush in Oregon, North-western United States on the 12 November 1991.

Prior to this, Lawrie, who was the director of computing services at the university at the time, lead the Rhodes University team where they established the first Internet networking system in 1988. Although there were many others who played a vital role in the development of Internet in South Africa, all will agree that Lawrie was the founding architect of the Web in South Africa.

Take a step back in time and have a look at the archived ping to ZA’s initial connection on the NSRC website: http://goo.gl/tYEqqF

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.