Year: 2019

TCCP Service Provider awards: Access Network Circuits

The South African Broadband Education Networks (SABEN) is pleased to announce that the TVET Colleges Connection Programme (TCCP) has reached a significant milestone.

The Request for Proposals (RfP) process for Access Network Circuits Connecting TVET College Campuses to the South African National Research Network (SANReN) has been concluded and the following successful service providers have been awarded purchase orders:

  • Aeonova360
  • Broadband Infraco (BBI)
  • Comsol
  • Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)
  • LinkAfrica
  • Liquid Telecom
  • MTN
  • Openserve

We would like to thank all service providers who submitted responses to the RfP.

SABEN RFQ: TCCP Client Premises Equipment – closed

The “TVET Colleges Connection Project (TCCP)” is an ICT infrastructure initiative by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) funded through a National Skills Fund (NSF) grant to connect Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College campuses to the South African National Research Network (SANReN). The purpose of this project is to solve bandwidth poverty at South Africa’s TVET Colleges by connecting them to the SANReN, thereby enabling them to contribute to meeting the goals of the developmental state.

Interested companies with relevant proven capabilities are invited to submit in response to this Request for Quotation, for the delivery of Client Premises Equipment that will be used in Connecting Technical and Vocational Education and Training College Campuses to the South African National Research Network as specified in this document.

The RFQ for the Client Premises Equipment can be accessed on the SABEN website.

Closing date for submission is: 26 August 2019 at 15h00.

SANReN Network Security Grant Call 2019 – closed

SANReN herewith requests proposals from South African public universities to host a grant programme that is designed to assist post-graduate students performing research in the fields of network security. This grant programme is aimed at:

  • supporting applied research in the field of network security, with a specific focus on the application thereof in the NREN domain; and
  • developing a pipeline of graduates skilled and capable in network security

Funding will be awarded to the university that is deemed to be most capable of leading Masters and PhD level graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers in the field of network security.

Details of the research focus areas, eligibility criteria, application requirements and evaluation process:

Universities that wish to apply for the grant programme can submit their proposals to Dr Renier van Heerden at

Closing date: 1 July 2019.

TENET RCCP II: Phase 6 – RFP for WSU Butterworth and UFS Qwa Qwa Connectivity – closed

The Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Rural Campus Connectivity Project II, Phase 6 connection of sites to SANReN.

See RCCP II Phase 6 RFP for more details on the TENET website.

For any queries relating to the RFP, please contact Helga Van Wyk – RCCP II Project Manager on 076 457 1680 or

Note closing date: 26 April 2019

SANReN attends 4th AENEAS all-hands meeting

SANReN, represented by Dr Renier van Heerden, participated in the 4th AENEAS All-hands meeting during 5-7 March 2019, hosted by the University of Manchester.

The objective of the AENEAS project is to develop a concept and design for a distributed, federated European Science Data Centre (ESDC) to support the astronomical community in achieving the scientific goals of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Further details of the meeting:

The AENEAS project is a H2020 project that runs from 1 January 2017 for three years. The objective of the AENEAS project is to develop a concept and design for a distributed, federated European Science Data Centre (ESDC) to support the astronomical community in achieving the scientific goals of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The scientific potential of the SKA radio telescope is unprecedented and represents one of the highest priorities for the international scientific community. By the same token, the large scale, rate, and complexity of data the SKA will generate, present challenges in data management, computing, and networking that are similarly world-leading. SKA Regional Centres (SRC) like the ESDC will be a vital resource to enable the community to take advantage of the scientific potential of the SKA. Within the tiered SKA operational model, the SRCs will provide essential functionality which is not currently provisioned within the directly operated SKA facilities. AENEAS brings together all the European member states currently part of the SKA project as well as potential future EU SKA national partners, the SKA Organisation itself, and a larger group of international partners including the two host countries Australia and South Africa. The AENEAS project is funded by the EC in H2020 under project no. 731016.

SANReN Session at e-Research Conference – 16 April 2019

SANReN is presenting a 1/2 day workshop at the eResearch Africa 2019 conference at the University of Cape Town on Tuesday, 16 April 2019.

Please register at:

SANReN are looking for researchers/scientists/IT facilities of Research Institutes in South Africa who need to transfer big data sets from/to one or more external sources to/from their institutions. These include to and from international and National sites.

The aim of this 1⁄2 day workshop is to help South African researchers to transfer large data sets by using the SANReN Data Transfer Pilot service or by setting up their own hardware and data transfer tools.The following will be covered:

  • Networking challenges when transferring large data sets
  • Data Transfer Architecture: The Science DMZ Model
  • Large Data Transfer tools: Globus
  • Network monitoring tools: Perfsonar
  • SANReN Data Transfer Pilot service Proof of Concept: Progress and Results

Any queries, please email