FUNET - the computer network for Finland's universities and research institutes

The FUNET (Finnish University and Research Network) run by the CSC - Center For Scientific Computing is a computer network linking Finland's universities and research institutes. The FUNET uses superfast backbone-network lines to connect local area networks belonging to the organisations linked into it. The FUNET also offers member organisations advanced communications links to the international Internet network via the joint Nordic NORDUnet network. Development and maintenance of the backbone network are the responsibility of the FUNET network technology group.

Apart from communication links, the FUNET provides application-level services, for example e-mail, newsfeeds and file and IRC services. New Internet services are constantly being developed for the FUNET, such as Multicast videoconferencing and search and database functions. The network information services group is responsible for application-level services.