ACOnet is the acronym for "Austrian Academic Computer Network" and represents the network for science, research and education (NREN) in Austria. It is operated by the Vienna University Computer Center, in co-operation with other Austrian Universities, since 1992.
ACOnet provides a powerful and resilient backbone network infrastructure, mainly based on Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology. It's major points of presence are co-located at Universities in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg and Wien (Vienna). ACOnet supplies its customers with multi-gigabit Internet access with a special focus on good national and regional connectivity through public and private peerings (Vienna Internet eXchange) and excellent connectivity to the European and global science, research and education community via GÉANT.
Most of all, ACOnet is a scientific network that strives to provide support for public institutions in the fields of research, education and culture. Data exchange among participants as well as with participants of scientific networks in other countries is provided free of charge, limited only by the physical bandwidth of the participant's respective connection. Equally, data upload to commercial networks is provided at no cost. Connection fees correspond solely to the prospective participant's requirements of download from commercial networks.
At the time of writing, ACOnet connects more than 200 participants from all over Austria, such as univiersities and other institutions of higher education, students' dormitories, regional school networks, libraries and museums, hospitals, federal ministries and municipal magistrates, etc.
ACOnet offers its participants to solve operational problems and arranges proper training courses.
ACOnet co-ordinates its activities with the ACONET Association and with the Technical Operation and Planning Group.
Furthermore, ACOnet safeguards its participants' interests in relevant national and international organizations.