TERNET is a network of Tanzania higher education and research institutions aiming at providing network infrastructure and associated services for enabling sharing of education and research resources inside and outside the country. TERNET was formally registered as a Trust on 11th April 2008 and on 18th April 2008 it became member of UbuntuNet Alliance, a registered non-profit association of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Eastern and Southern Africa. TERNET membership is open to higher education and research institutions in Tanzania.
TERNET structure consists of five organs: Board of Trustees comprised of maximum of 10 key education and research stakeholders, Executive Committee comprised of maximum of 10 deputies of heads of member institutions, and the Secretariat headed by the Executive Secretary. At the top of all TERNET operations there is an Annual General Meeting (AGM) comprising of all heads of member institutions. Currently, TERNET Secretariat is hosted at the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH).
TERNET provides various services to member institutions. TERNET peers directly in London with the European Regional Research and Education Network, GEANT through UbuntuNet Alliance.
The services provided by TERNET are as indicated under the "SERVICES" menu.
The following are the objectives for the establishment of TERNET
In order to ensure TERNET sustainability, TERNET (members and the secretariat) is committing to the following 10 core values.
i. Commitment: TERNET is committed to fulfill its objectives
ii. Reliability: TERNET is committed to maintain the highest standards in all its operations
iii. Integrity: TERNET is committed to conduct its business in accordance with the highest standard of professional behavior and ethics
iv. Fairness: TERNET is committed to be fair in all its dealing with members.
v. Partnership: TERNET is committed to nurture partnerships with its members
vi. Accountability: TERNET is committed to accept responsibility for all its actions
vii. Sustainability: TERNET is committed to be self-sustaining in all its operations
viii. Competitiveness: TERNET is committed to offer competitive services to its stakeholders
ix. Open access: TERNET is committed to openly share opinions and views
x. Innovation: TERNET is committed to always be at the forefront of innovation for the benefit and sustainability of its members
TERNET TRUST STRUCTURE
To be a world leading education and research network through reliable, sustainable, and affordable use of ICTs.
To provide affordable and reliable broadband connectivity to member institutions and be the preferred network for HERIs.
To enable education and research institutions to exploit their full potential using ICTs through collective bargaining and sharing of resources.
To establish a sustainable and high capacity network infrastructure connecting educational and research institutions in Tanzania
To increase the usage of the computer as a tool that stimulates the creativity, critical analysis, the divergent thoughts, the expressive capacity and problems resolution.
To enable Tanzania students to construct their own knowledge as they learn and to develop skills necessary in the highly technological modern society
To establish a human resource base of highly qualified people that will increase the country’s international competence and its successful participation in the globalization process.