Why NRENs exist
At their core, these networks exist to enable efficient, reliable data communications and networking services for their nation’s research and education communities. Many of the world’s NRENs, of which there are over 100, have also connected to form an international research and education network, allowing global collaboration.
What having an NREN means for New Zealand
REANNZ is New Zealand’s own NREN, driving this unique service for Kiwi researchers and innovators.
Our ultimate purpose is to serve scholars and innovators, ensuring that Kiwi research and development is contributing to the local and global economy.
Research networks like REANNZ operate in a space of exploration. We experiment with new technologies and push the capabilities of existing technologies in order to meet the needs of a very specific user group - our researchers.
We work in a collaborative, open-source way ensuring the network services we offer here in New Zealand are compatible with NRENs around the world, from Australia and the United States, through to Europe, Africa and Asia.
Our services are borderless, just as research and knowledge are borderless. And only with borderless technology can science, education and innovation truly flourish in New Zealand.
How REANNZ is funded
- We are predominantly funded by our members, who use the REANNZ network
- Schedule 4, Crown-owned company, which means we are partially paid for, but not administered by the Crown.
- We receive an annual $4 million grant from the New Zealand Government.
How REANNZ differs from an Internet Service Provider
- NRENs are continuously evolving, but doing so according to the demands and values of the academic communities we serve, rather than those of the marketplace.
- No commercial imperative to maximise use of network means plenty of spare capacity.
- Price vs. quality of service balance that can’t be achieved by a private company.
- NRENs serve scholarly purposes, ISPs serve commercial purpose.
- The environment for NRENs is collegial; for ISPs it’s proprietary.
- NRENs are collaborative; ISPs are competitive.
In order to be successful and continue to offer services that are relevant to our community, we must continue to evolve and redefine ourselves at a much faster pace than ISPs.