Costs for eduroam in South Africa


eduroam should always be free of charge to end-users irrespective of where they roam. This page is aimed at I.T. managers contemplating offering the eduroam service on behalf of an institution.


Participation Fees


As a general principle, eduroam participants bear their own infrastructure costs (e.g. RADIUS servers and wireless network). 


Around the world different eduroam roaming federations (national roaming operators) have different approaches to covering the costs of running the roaming service. This details TENET's cost structures for eduroam in South Africa, which may differ to other countries.


Fees for Service Providers (Visited Organisations)


TENET does not charge eduroam service providers a participation fee, and there are no recurring costs for participating in eduroam as a service provider in South Africa.


It is possible that in future we may introduce a once-off joining fee to cover some of the administrative overheads. However, if this were introduced, it would not be applied retrospectively. (Existing service providers at the time of its introduction would be exempt.)


Where service providers ask TENET to assist with integration, and where TENET is able to provide such assistance, we reserve the right to recover any additional costs we incur at our prevailing consulting rates. This would be negotiated in advance on a per-case basis.


Fees for Identity Providers (Home Organisations)


Currently, there is no additional cost for institutions that receive REN Services from TENET to participate in eduroam. However it possible that the fees will be levied in future on South African institutions that wish to participate in eduroam but do not otherwise contribute towards the NREN.


It is our intention that participation in eduroam forms part of a larger bundle of service available to the SA NREN's beneficiary institutions (which is most of the eligible identity providers). This model is still under discussion but is likely to be similar to the approach adopted for the broader South African Identity Federation (albeit it at lower rates to reflect the relative simplicity of the service).


We undertake to give sufficient notice with due cognisance of the budget cycles of public universities before any changes to the fee structure are introduced, and to allows participants to withdraw during the notice period without penalty. Such a change would be announced to participants via the mailing list.


Managed IdP


TENET makes the eduroam managed IdP service available at cost to eligible institutions. Since the costs are currently born by GÉANT, we make it available at no additional charge.