Who may use our network?

Under our operating charter, we are able to provide access to organisations across the education, research and innovation sectors, including schools, TAFE colleges, universities, research organisations and innovation precincts that establish a presence in South Australia. Education and research conducted in the private sector may also be considered subject to the operating charter of SABRENet and the conditions of its funding.

SABRENet was established with the purpose of supporting the provision of education and training, the conduct or coordination of research and the administration and support of those activities in Australia.

Read about our Eligibility Criteria here.

Where is our Network?

SABRENet spans much of the Adelaide metropolitan area, from Roseworthy in the north to Seaford in the south.
This map shows the approximate route of the SABRENet backbones.

Does SABRENet provide internet access?

SABRENet provides very high speed communication between sites connected directly to the network but SABRENet itself does not provide an internet service.  Instead, SABRENet enables access to connection points (called Points of Presence – POPs) from which other organisations can deliver internet services. You may choose your preferred Internet Service Provider (ISP). Partners we work with that provide ISP and other services include AARNet, Escapenet and Vocus. Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has three POPs which allows AARNet members (the universities and CSIRO), schools and other eligible AARNet customers to access the internet via AARNet. SABRENet also connects to several commercial data centres from which commercial internet service providers can deliver internet access directly to sites on the SABRENet network.

Does SABRENet offer broadband for my business or home?

SABRENet is not intended for residential or general business use. SABRENet’s primary purpose is to satisfy the network requirements of organisations in the research and education sector. General businesses located within a GigCity Precinct can access high speed internet services via GigCity.

How is SABRENet maintained?

SABRENet is maintained on behalf of SABRENet Ltd by licensed telecommunications carrier Vocus (previously managed by Amcom Pty Ltd.) Under a long term agreement with SABRENet Ltd, Vocus is responsible for:

  • Maintaining the SABRENet infrastructure, including fault response and repair
  • Responding to Dial before You Dig enquiries relating to the SABRENet infrastructure
  • Providing a Nominated Carrier Declaration over the network.

Eligibility

Where an organisations’ eligibility to connect to SABRENet is not clear cut it will be required to make a formal application describing in detail how the business meets one or more of the following definitions. The application, and any requested supporting documentation will be considered by the SABRENet Board. Suitability assessment and a final decision will be made on the applications merit, and at the sole discretion of SABRENet.

Eligibility for an Education connection

SABRENet is dedicated to transforming the productivity of educators, and the entire education sector. SABRENet does this by focussing on improving the user experience and providing the best-possible WAN and connectivity solutions to organisations that are involved in the education of students. Connections to the SABRENet network for Education purposes can occur for the following;

  1. A public, private or independent school, university, registered training organisation, technical or higher education provider that has students, and teaches them either via classroom, correspondence, video or on-line delivery. There is no upper or lower limit to student count. Use of the SABRENet network extends from students to teaching and academic staff, and the management and administrative staff that support them.
  2. An organisation that provides professional placement or internship for students, can use SABRENet for the portion of their business that is directly related to that program. An example might be a teaching hospital that provides training for students in nursing, medicine and related disciplines.
  3. An organisation that is involved in the education of students where a formal higher education qualification, recognised by an accrediting body, can be attained. An example might be Flight Training Adelaide who train pilots from their base in Parafield Airport.
  4. An organisation qualified as an official Registered Training Organisation (RTO) by ASQA, the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.
  5. A site of an organisation which is specifically dedicated to education and training for that organisation or its stakeholders. An example might be a Local Council Public Library, a museum, gallery or archive.

Eligibility for a Research connection

SABRENet is dedicated to transforming the productivity of researchers, and the entire research effort. SABRENet does this by focussing on improving the user experience and providing the best-possible WAN and connectivity solutions to organisations in the research sector, or who carry out significant research related activities as part of their normal business activities.

Connections to the SABRENet network for Research purposes can occur for the following;

  1. Any organisation site completely dedicated to research activities across any use-case. Use of the SABRENet network extends from researchers to management and administrative staff that support them.
  2. Any organisation site that is actively involved (80%+) in research efforts that contribute to a wider external pool of research efforts. An example might be a hospital that has a research department. In such cases, the portion of their business that is directly involved in research efforts are able to utilise the SABERNet network, which includes the researchers, departmental management and departmental administrative staff that support them.
  3. A site of an organisation, which is specifically dedicated to research or a research project for the organisation. Eligibility will be granted for the duration of the project or research effort.
  4. An ATO approved research institute 

Eligibility for an Innovation connection

As part of the GigCity Adelaide Program, SABRENet is supporting South Australia’s innovation efforts through the provision of high-quality low-cost internet bandwidth to businesses and co-working space users based in 24 designated Innovation Precincts in greater Adelaide. Through the GigCity Adelaide program, businesses and co-working space users access an Internet Service Provider (ISP) managed service based on SABRENet carrier grade dark fibre network for backhaul and diversification. A business must be based inside the boundaries of one of these designated Innovation Precincts to access the SABRENet services supporting innovation.