The following services (on top of the network) are currently deployed or under development:

(Presentation: SANReN Services Overview 2017 (pdf))

Currently supported by SANReN/TENET


The SANReN CSIRT is a proactive, academic sector, coordinating CSIRT. We provide services and support to the beneficiaries and customers of the South African National Research and Education Network (NREN) for preventing and responding to IT security incidents. Examples of incidents, which a CSIRT can assist with, include hacking, malware and denial of service (DoS) attacks. Find the team and services here.

The CSIRT forms part of the team that hosts the annual SANReN Cyber Security Challenge.


education roaming is a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Available in 85+ countries, eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply turning on WiFi.


FileSender is a web based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send arbitrarily large files to other users. SANReN’s instance can be found here.

Mconf Web Conferencing

Mconf is an open source web conference system composed of several components including Mconf-Live, a customized version of BigBlueButton with several new features, and Mconf-Web, a web portal where people can collaborate asynchronously, schedule and participate in web conferences.

You can read more about Mconf at, the SA NREN production service and help guides on the SA NREN Mconf blog and access the SA NREN production service at MconfSA.


perfSONAR is a toolkit deployed on stand-alone servers for network performance measurement and monitoring. It encapsulates best practice tools for measuring available throughput, loss and latency. Visit our website for more local information including a map and test results of our South African deployment.


The SANReN Performance Enhancement Response Team (PERT) supports the resolution of end-to-end performance problems for networked applications. We “provide an investigation and consulting service to academic and research users on their network performance issues. If they have an issue (for example low throughput, slow response times, or degradation), typically the user will contact a PERT directly or through standard IT support channels.” – eduPERT – What is PERT?

Towards this goal, the SANReN PERT is currently running a Data Transfer Pilot.


The South African Identity Federation (SAFIRE) — is the national academic identity federation for the South African research and higher education community. SAFIRE is essentially a data processor (or operator) which facilitates access to other academic institutions. This means that, thanks to SAFIRE, you can use your institutional login details to access resources at other universities and research/education-related institutions around the world – at no cost to you.

The full list of services made available via SAFIRE can be found here.

Previously supported by SANReN/TENET

Africa-Arabia Regional Operations Centre (AAROC) services

The Regional Operations Centre (ROC) is the merger of three national grid initiatives (SAGrid, MAGrid and DZ-e-Science Grid), with the additional of some national and regional projects.

Services provided by AAROC include the Continuous Delivery service (CODE-RADE project) and Software-Defined Infrastructure.

Africa Grid Science Gateway