South African Broadband Education Networks (SABEN) is a non-profit company servicing the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in South Africa. It is purpose-built to solve the digital requirements of the TVET sector; specifically to end bandwidth poverty among South Africa’s public TVET colleges.
SABEN specifically procures high capacity access networks connecting TVETs to South Africa’s National Research and Education Network (SA NREN). The non-profit company works directly with the South African National Research and Education Network (SANReN) and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) to provide high capacity bandwidth for TVET colleges. In addition, SABEN offers other digital solutions such as hosting, VOIP and video conferencing services.
SABEN was initially launched in 2015 as a project by TENET to assist colleges self-fund connections to the SA NREN. It has since been launched as a separate company, with continued financial support from TENET.