Arizona’s Research and Education Network



We are enablers. We connect research and education communities around the state of Arizona to help foster opportunities to collaborate, share ideas and obtain new information. Our trusted, secure network empowers higher education, K-12, research institutions, government entities and cultural organizations.

The network is designed to be highly resilient with redundant hardware and geographically diverse paths as well as carrier diversity. Sun Corridor Network’s bandwidth boasts 100Gbps between Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson. These nodes connect to Internet2’s Innovation Platform, a combination of new technologies and services that provide leading edge, end-to-end architecture, and a unique set of capabilities at the national, regional, and campus level to create an environment for innovation in research and education.


  • Three 100Gbps points-of-presence; Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff
    • Future locations to include Yuma
  • Dual direct 100Gpbs connections between Tucson and Phoenix, and Phoenix and Flagstaff
  • Peering with multiple Tier-1 Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and developers.
  • Commercial Internet Peering Service (I2PX)
    • Strategic connectivity to roughly 80 top content destinations
    • Low latency, single one hop access. Our network is optimized to process a very high volume of data messages with minimal delay (latency).
    • Supports IPv4, IPv6 and multicast. IPv6 is known as internet protocol version 6. IPv6 is the new version of the internet protocol, which is much better than IPv4 in complexity and efficiency.
  • Arizona’s Internet2 Connector. Learn more about our Research and Education Network Partners (link to RENs page) Include the PDF of our network layout here.


Like the national Internet2 network and other regional research and education networks, the Sun Corridor Network is uniquely designed and engineered to meet the needs of some of the most demanding Internet users in the country: scientists, academics, and researchers. About 95% of the combined Internet traffic of the three Arizona state universities transits the Sun Corridor Network through two 100 Gbps connections to Internet2 and the commercial Internet in Tucson and Phoenix.

Access to Internet2 - the fastest, most advanced network for higher education in the United States through Arizona’s Regional Research & Education Network, Sun Corridor Network.

Enjoy rapid deployment and ease of integration of commercial cloud services uniquely configured for academic needs where legal terms are negotiated via large community power, which frequently results in substantial financial savings.

Cloud Connect: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
DDoS service: self-monitored at no cost

Sun Corridor Network accesses a global wireless network service developed for the international research and education community, allowing researchers, faculty, and staff seamless wireless access at all participating institutions through eduroam.

Internet2’s InCommon Trust and Identity in Education and Research initiative will provide a common framework for campus identity and access management (IAM) components. Our involvement with the three Arizona state universities and Internet2 provides access to Cloud services at consortium pricing, a benefit for all Sun Corridor Network subscribers.

The Sun Corridor Network currently operates 3 Point-of-Presence (POP) locations.