The Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (ARNES) is a public institute that provides network services to research, educational and cultural organizations, and enables them to establish connections and cooperation with each other and with related organizations abroad. The ARNES network is supported by Government of the Republic of Slovenia. With regards to the strategic development of the Slovenian educational and research network, ARNES cooperates professionally and on a project basis with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Directorate for the Information Society). In introducing new technologies and services, it cooperates operationally and on a project basis with other institutions involved in various areas of network use, and on various expert committees for national programmes and projects. It also plays an active role in the European Commission projects SAFE-SI and Spletno oko, under the European Safer Internet action plan.

ARNES builds, maintains and manages infrastructure linking universities, institutes, research laboratories, museums, schools, databases and digital libraries. It offers users the same services as national academic networks in other countries; it cooperates with these networks in European Commission projects to test, develop and introduce new Internet protocols and services. It also provides services that are not offered by commercial organizations but which are essential to the operation of the Internet in Slovenia.