The Queensland Education, Science and
Technology Network (QUESTnet) is the
Queensland regional component of the
Australian Academic and Research Network
(AARNet). In 2001 the network development
and operation functions devolved to the
Queensland Regional Network Organisation
(QRNO) with QUESTnet focusing on the
conference, staff development and training.
Each year since the early 1980s the
Management Committee of QUESTnet has held
annual conferences, which have developed
from a local, then regional event, into the
national conference of today.
The conferences are aimed at network
technologists and those ICT professionals
who must work closely with network
technology. A key focus of the event is to
provide an opportunity for delegates to
develop their professional knowledge,
exchange information on ‘real
world’ network experiences and
understand future network development
Basically, QUESTnet is about net-workers
Australia's Research and Education Network provides high-capacity, cost-effective Internet services to the education and research communities and their research partners. AARNet has a focus on collaboration, teaching, learning and research and is proactive in supporting emerging advanced network infrastructure and applications.
In 2007, the AARNet3 network delivered over 3,500 Terabytes of Internet and data communications traffic to its clients, and served over a million university staff, students and researchers who access the network through the local area networks of member institutions. AARNet3 also interconnects the overseas advanced research networks including Internet2's Abilene in the US, CANARIE's CANet4 in Canada, DANTE's GEANT in Europe and the networks of APAN (the Asia Pacific Advanced Network consortium).
AARNet recently upgraded its national network and international connectivity and now delivers 10 to 40 Gbps nationally and provides dual 10 Gbps capacity circuits connecting to the advanced research networks of nations in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and the Middle East.