RNP provides to the Brazilian academic community connectivity services based on Internet technology. They are nationally supported by a high-performance optic infrastructure, the Ipê network, which allows both simple exchanges of files and massive transfers of scientific data.

Such network, planned and operated by RNP, can be divided into four great components:

  • The network’s core, also called “backbone”, which makes up the main communication infrastructure and interconnects the 27 Points of Presence (PoPs) of RNP;
  • The data circuits contracted from operators and telecommunications providers, as well as the metropolitan networks, which interconnect the user institutions to the PoPs and to the Aggregation Points (PoAs), that are intermediate nodes of the network, who facilitate its operation in the countryside towns. These circuits constitute the regional ramification grid of the Ipê network, based on the PoPs;
  • The international data circuits that interconnect the Ipê network to other academic infrastructures throughout the world, through direct connections with South America, North America and Europe, providing not only quality connectivity but also the exchange of traffic with the worldwide commercial Internet;
  • The exchange points with the Brazilian commercial Internet, especially those belonging to the PTT-Metro Program of The Brazilian Network Information Cente (, as well as the internalization of content cache services within the Ipê network itself, thanks to partnerships with companies such as Akamai and Google, for example.

These four components are dimensioned and grown in a harmonic way to ensure the performance and quality of the services provided. To that end, RNP works on the constant expansion and increase of the reach of its communication infrastructure. Hence, it maintains the quality of the services vis-à-vis the increasing demands from new institutions, user communities and new uses that are made of the services provided.