Janet Network

Empowering you to do more

Read our statement on coronavirus and how we’re managing the Janet Network

Connectivity to rely on

Eighteen million users in education and research organisations, science parks and public sector bodies rely on the Janet Network to stay connected. Whoever you want to collaborate with, we’ve got reliable, secure connectivity covered.

  • Capacity
    Exchange vast amounts of data in seconds - Janet currently carries three petabytes of data each day
  • Scalability
    Whether it's a research-intensive organisation connected at 100Gbits/s or a smaller institution running 1Gbits/s, we monitor usage and manage capacity planning
  • Global reach
    600+ direct peerings to key education and research network facilities and cloud providers (including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple), key content providers (BBC, Facebook, Netflix, Akamai) as well as supporting international collaborations
  • Secure
    Built-in, world-class cyber security protection - all Janet IP connections are protected by our DDoS mitigation and CSIRT services

Dr Matt Williams, research software engineer, University of Bristol

"It provides a very stable, high speed connection to the cloud providers. If we hadn’t had access to the high-speed Janet Network...we would have to use smaller amounts of data. We wouldn’t be able to do our jobs.”

How the Janet Network is helping research into vaccines at University of Bristol.

World-class cyber security

Cyber threats are getting more sophisticated and frequent. Our experts work around the clock to provide cyber security services as standard to Janet Network users. That way, cyber security is fully integrated into your infrastructure and platforms, protecting you, your users and the whole Janet-connected community.

See how Belfast Metropolitan College and New College Durham used DDoS mitigation to protect their students.

Shaped by users, for users

“This infrastructure allows the sector to plan for continued engagement with their research partners and commerce” - Peter Tinson, executive secretary, UCISA

The Janet Network supports innovative learning and teaching within higher education, underpins collaborations with research partners and enables business efficiencies.

Crucially the Janet Network also enables institutions to improve the student experience with rich learning resources and student wellbeing services that help students stay on track and achieve their potential.

It provides students with an agile learning experience, allowing them to roam at will across campus and onsite accommodation using single sign-on on their own devices.

Whether students want to game or use Netflix for work or play, the Janet Network gives them the huge amounts of bandwidth they need, so they enjoy a high-quality streaming experience with no delays. And, as the power behind our learning analytics service, the network allows tutors and mentors to spot struggling students and to intervene before problems escalate.

Being on a very high speed, very reliable network allows us to do pioneering work

Matt Parkin, head of studios, Royal College of Music (RCM)

Watch how the RCM used the Janet Network to bring together musicians, actors and dancers simultaneously across various European cities in a live ensemble performance.

“Without having that solid, reliable internet connectivity we wouldn’t have been able to develop our curriculum in the way we have”
- Roy Currie, director of information and learning, Bedford College

As critical infrastructure and as the gateway to a range of Jisc services for education, the Janet Network allows colleges to give students richer learning experiences.

See how Bedford College is using the Janet Network to support their curriculum delivery.

The national research and education network Janet is central to everything we do, so losing that connection would be a disaster: pretty much everything would grind to a halt

Ken Thomson, principal and chief executive, Forth Valley College

Read more about why Ken values the protection of their college network so much.

"Janet is a crucial piece of our research infrastructure"

The Janet Network is the UK’s national research and education network (NREN). It’s also Europe’s busiest.

Open science and big data are placing increasingly larger demands on our network. We’re investing to ensure network reliability and to maintain robust access management mechanisms so that network users can work collaboratively, exchanging huge quantities of highly sensitive data and carrying out complex computations in real-time in the cloud.

Janet is a crucial piece of our research infrastructure that supports our experimental particle physics group working on the ATLAS project at the Large Hadron Collider studying the Higgs boson, searching for new exotic particles and the study of the top quark

Professor Paul Layzell, Royal Holloway, University of London

Janet is the UK's national research and education network (NREN)

The UK is the second largest provider of transnational education (TNE), and it contributes more than £500m to the UK economy each year.

The Janet Network’s cost-effective and reliable connectivity makes much of it happen. Providers of TNE need to give their students overseas a learning experience that’s just as good as the ones their UK students enjoy. As part of a global network of NRENs the Janet Network gives you a head start.

The Department for Education funds us to support provision of Janet services to schools in England.

This funding agreement means regional broadband consortia (RBC) or tier-1 local authorities (LA) in England can take advantage of connectivity services by being connected to the Janet Network. This includes Janet IP connection, allowing them:

  • Secure and seamless internet access across locations and devices
  • High capacity, direct peering to services such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Dropbox
  • Cyber security monitoring by Janet CSIRT and inbuilt DDoS mitigation

Read more about provision to regional broadband consortia.

Find out more about the seven RBCs in England.

Finn Illsley-Kemp, University of Southampton

"I study earthquakes and volcanoes in the East African river system and Ethiopia, travelling a lot and working with other researchers worldwide. The Janet Network and eduroam are vital tools, because I can get online wherever I am."

See how Finn can carry out his fieldwork worldwide.

Meeting your connectivity needs

IP and interconnectivity - connecting your whole IT estate through resilient, high-capacity and high-availability services extending your IT management, maintenance and monitoring to remote sites.

Bespoke connections - bring multiple sites and multiple partner organisations together to work on your strategic goals, whether they involve profile research projects, a cloud strategy or transnational education.

Access and roaming - connect users seamlessly to support innovation and productivity via eduroam and govroam.

Browse our connectivity services.

Help us shape the future of Janet

Each year, we invest £12m capital to develop it to meet current users' needs with high-capacity, high-availability connectivity and to lay the groundwork to support their future ambitions.

Find out about the Janet access programme

Get involved - join our regional events

Our Tech 2 Tech events give you a chance to help us shape the Janet Network.

As well as Janet Access Programme updates we're hosting a series of technology and innovation meetups, which provide an opportunity to explore broader emerging connectivity approaches and new technologies.